Brees vs. Pats: Best QB game ever?

Drew Brees did more Monday night than embarrass the Patriots and establish the Saints as the team to beat in 2009. He gave the greatest regular-season passing performance in modern NFL history, carving up the once-proud Patriots defense.

It all starts with the Cold, Hard Football Facts. And here’s Brees’ stat line from Monday night.

• 18 of 23 (78.3%), 371 yards, 16.13 YPA, 5 TD, 0 INT, 158.3 passer rating

A few key numbers leap screaming off the sheet