METAIRIE, La. (AP) Drew Brees is about to play his first game as a 40-year-old - and his biggest game in nine years.
When the Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC championship game in New Orleans on Sunday, it'll be the first time Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, has played for the conference title since the 2009 season. Brees turned 31 shortly before the Saints defeated Minnesota en route to the franchise's lone Super Bowl.
One of the enduring images from that championship season was Brees standing next to his wife, Brittany, holding aloft their son, Baylen, who grasped at confetti floating around them.