It won’t be a breeze for Drew

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY KEITH WEB­STER

EIGHT weeks ago, Drew Brees hu­mil­i­ated the Philadel­phia Ea­gles and ap­peared to have ended any hopes of them de­fend­ing their Su­per Bowl crown.

New Or­leans’ quar­ter­back threw four touch­down passes as the Saints de­mol­ished the Ea­gles 48-7 on Novem­ber 18.

Philly had won just four games at that stage and no­body gave them a prayer but five wins in the fi­nal six games saw them scrape into the play­offs where they upset Chicago last week and are now just two wins from go­ing back to the big game.

As much as they try to ig­nore what hap­pened two months ago, it clearly still hurts as they go look­ing for re­venge.

“Yeah, it pissed us off,” said de­fen­sive end Chris Long. “Now play­ing them, peo­ple are re­hash­ing that lop­sided score, but for us, that’s not a fresh wound. It’s healed. And we’re ex­cited to play.”

And team-mate Fletcher Cox added: “A lot has changed since we played them the first time. We’ve got some guys back that didn’t play the first time. We’re play­ing our best ball of the sea­son.”

There is a fairy­tale build­ing around Brees, who will turn 40 on Tues­day and who is look­ing to add a sec­ond Su­per Bowl ti­tle to his im­pres­sive CV.

Tonight’s first game will see a clash of two of the old­est quar­ter­backs in the league as 41-year-old Tom Brady of New Eng­land takes on LA Charg­ers’ Philip Rivers, only four years his ju­nior.

BLOODY MAR­VELS Robert Baloucoune scores and, right, bat­tered Rory Best BONUS Winger Adam Byrne bags fourth try


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