Two weeks after their debacle at Indianapolis, the New England Patriots suffered another embarrassing defeat in front of a national television audience on Monday night, as Drew Brees ravaged their defense en route to a 38-17 New Orleans Saints blowout. Here are the worst losses by the Patriots during the Bill Belichick era:
Brees was also at the helm of the Chargers' offense during that 41-17 game in 2005, so he's actually engineered two blowouts over the Belichick Patriots in his career.
But Brees' monster performance on Monday Night Football really stands out in particular as one of the best by a QB against the New England defense during Belichick's tenure there. Here are the most passing yards in a game vs. the Patriots since 2000:
|1||Kurt Warner||11/18/2001||STL||Foxboro||W 24-17||30||42||401||3||2|
|2||Trent Green||11/22/2004||KAN||Kansas City||L 19-27||27||42||381||2||1|
|3||Drew Brees||11/30/2009||NOR||New Orleans||W 38-17||18||23||371||5||0|
|4||Kurt Warner||2/3/2002||STL||New Orleans||L 17-20||28||44||365||1||2|
|5||Brian Griese||10/1/2000||DEN||Denver||L 19-28||31||50||361||1||1|
|6||Gus Frerotte||11/13/2005||MIA||Miami||L 16-23||25||47||360||2||1|
|7||Steve McNair||10/5/2003||TEN||Foxboro||L 30-38||23||45||360||0||1|
|8||Donovan McNabb||2/6/2005||PHI||Jacksonville||L 21-24||30||51||357||3||3|
|9||Elvis Grbac||12/4/2000||KAN||Foxboro||L 24-30||25||46||350||3||1|
|10||Matt Hasselbeck||10/17/2004||SEA||Foxboro||L 20-30||27||50||349||0||2|
In addition, Brees became the first passer to throw for 5 touchdowns in a game vs. New England during the Belichick era:
|1||Drew Brees||11/30/2009||NOR||New Orleans||W 38-17||18||23||371||5||0|
|2||Eli Manning||12/29/2007||NYG||East Rutherford||L 35-38||22||32||251||4||1|
|3||Peyton Manning||11/15/2009||IND||Indianapolis||W 35-34||28||44||327||4||2|
|4||Peyton Manning||11/30/2003||IND||Indianapolis||L 34-38||29||48||278||4||1|
All told, it was a banner passing night for Brees, who entered the game with many in the media still wondering if he belonged in the discussion with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the game's top quarterback. After a performance like the one he had against the Pats, I'd say the answer seems to be a resounding "yes".
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