Brees was a vision in San Diego's 41-17 wipeout of the defending champs. I knew Brees was in it when, on the Chargers' second possession, he dropped back to pass as the Pats blitzed, playing zone behind it. Everyone figured the Chargers' offensive line would have trouble with the Pats' front four -- almost universally considered the best in the NFL. When New England brought heat, well, the Chargers better get ready to react quickly.
But Brees was unbothered. He took his drop, stepped up in the pocket and artfully drifted left to avoid a collapsing pocket. Then he drilled a pass to Antonio Gates, a big target who, as Pats defenders closed in, quickly was becoming a smaller one.