I must admit that I never usually watch the Pro Bowl but this year I tuned in and I was pleasantly surprised. The game is still somewhat of a glorified scrimmage but this year the players actually competed a little. One player that caught my eye early on was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Brees only played in the first quarter but he definitely put in a lot of work in his limited playing time. Specifically, Brees completed eight of 11 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown. Brees’ play was very much like his play in the regular season, accurate and long throws.
Brees’ lone touchdown was to wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, of the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The pass was a 36-yard bomb that put the NFC squad on the board for the first time in the game.
The Saints were well represented at the Pro Bowl as Brees was joined by his teammates Jahri Evans, Jermon Bushrod, and Thomas Morstead. Bushrod and Evans were starting on the NFC’s offensive line protecting their quarterback. With his offensive linemen protecting him Brees was able to go to work and do what he does best, and that is throwing touchdowns.
This is the last game for any of the Saints’ players before the 2013 regular season as they head into the off-season. The Saints missed out on their chance for playing in the Super Bowl in their home stadium and are looking to get back into title contention next season. Brees proved in this Pro Bowl that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and next season he hopes to take the Saints back to the Super Bowl.