Can 49ers slow down Drew Brees?

The New Orleans QB left another team in the dust. What is San Fran's plan?

Originally Published: January 9, 2012
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Drew BreesChuck Cook/US PresswireNo defense has been able to slow down Drew Brees and the Saints' offense lately.

The Denver Broncos' dramatic upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers might have stolen the spotlight, but Tim Tebow was not the league's best quarterback during wild-card weekend. That honor goes to Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, which is nothing new -- Brees has been by far the league's best passer for weeks. With the Detroit Lions ground-up beneath his shiny, gold cleats, Brees turns his sights west to the San Francisco 49ers, who allowed the fewest points in the NFC this season.

So let's get a jump on the coverage and ask the question: Is this the defense that can stop the unstoppable?