New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees Using Loss Against Atlanta Falcons as Motivation

By Michael Terrill
New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees Using Loss Against Atlanta Falcons as Motivation
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The last time the New Orleans Saints played the Atlanta Falcons was Nov. 29 of last season. The game sticks out for Drew Brees because it is considered his worst performance as a NFL signal caller. The fact that it came against a division rival did not help matters. The good news for New Orleans is that Brees is using the dismal performance as motivation for Week 1 when the two teams collide.

“Yes, it was crummy,’’ Brees said, according to “That one stings. That one will always sting. I can think of about four or five games in my career that I look back and they still sting me.

“But that’s what gives you an edge and what keeps you motivated. It’s not like you’ve got to go out and right those wrongs in the next game, but certainly that was not the guy I know.”

Breese completed 56.0 percent of his 50 pass attempts for 341 yards. Unfortunately, he managed to toss a career-worst five interceptions, which led to an embarrassing 37.6 passer rating.

It was a contest that most players would like to forget. However, Brees is not like most players. He has used the loss as motivation throughout the offseason and training camp, which will continue when he takes the field to start the 2013 NFL season. The 34-year-old is already one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but to give him something to think about for nine months is a scary thought.

The Falcons are fully aware of what Brees is capable of, which is why they expect him to bring it on Sunday.

“We definitely expect Brees’ best (Sunday),’’ Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud said, according to “We know that Drew is a really, really competitive person at his core. He’s going to want to come out and play the game of his career against us, especially the way things went the last time we saw him.”

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