Looking back on the ups and downs of Drew Brees’ playoff career

Drew Brees is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He went to Purdue University, and impressed in his college career. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers (now the Los Angeles Chargers) in the second round of the 2001 draft. Brees’ first season with New Orleans Saints was after signing as a free agent in 2006. He is now 40 years old and one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the game.

Brees’ first Super Bowl trip came when playing for the Chargers in 2005. San Diego got the better of the New York Jets in an overtime game.

Brees took the Saints to the playoffs in his first season with the team in 2007. They beat Philadelphia Eagles 24-27 to advance to the next round, then they played Chicago Bears in Chicago where Saints took an L.

The Saints didn’t make the playoffs for the next two seasons; then on the 16th January 2010 they faced off against Arizona Cardinals and got a win.

Minnesota Vikings were the opponents on 24th January 2010 – all 4 quarters were played and the game was still tied, it went to overtime and the games ended 31-28 to Saints which took them to their first ever Super Bowl with Brees as quarterback. Saints faced Indianapolis Colts at a neutral ground on 7th February 2010 and beat Colts 31-17 – this was Brees’ first Super Bowl win and to date his last Super Bowl win.

The 2011 season saw the Saints play the Seattle Seahawks in the wildcard game in Seattle. They didn’t make it any further this season, suffering a defeat as the game ended 36-41.

January 2012 saw the Saints face the Detroit Lions on wildcard weekend – the game ended 45-28 to New Orleans. The 49ers were too much for Brees and co in the next round, however.

The 2013 campaign was a year without the playoffs for Brees, but they returned in 2014. It was another year without a Super Bowl appearance, though, as the Seattle Seahawks stopped Brees’ Saints in the divisional round.


The Saints didn’t make an appearance in the playoff for a couple of seasons until wildcard in 2018. A win over the Panthers was followed by an historic loss to the Vikings.

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The following year saw the Saints face the previous year’s champions, the Eagles. The game was played at the Superdome in New Orleans; it ended 20-14 to the Saints. They beat the champions. The Rams game that followed was a thriller, but Los Angeles snatched victory in overtime.

The following year again saw heart-break against the Vikings for New Orleans. It was another overtime loss for Brees and his talented teammates.

Drew Brees has played football for nearly 20 years and participated in all of these playoff games, winning a solitary Super Bowl in 2010.

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