drew brees vs falcons
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His 40th birthday is approaching in January but Drew Brees’ game is aging like fine wine.

So much so that opposing coaches liken the legendary New Orleans Saints quarterback to a youngster in his early twenties.

The NFC South leading Saints (10-1) will look to extend their winning streak to 11 games in a Thursday night showdown at the Dallas Cowboys (6-5).

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett marvels at how productive Brees has been in his 18th season.

“Well, it’s just incredible to think that he’s in his late 30s now and he looks like he’s 22, 23, 24 years old the way he moves around and throws the football,” Garrett said to NOLA.com.

Brees is flattered by the compliment and explains how he’s able to keep performing at his astounding rate.

“I feel 25. I don’t feel 23,” Brees said Sunday afternoon. “Mind over matter, you know? You can’t stop the aging process, but I think you can delay it a little bit.”

Brees completed 15 of his 22 passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-17 victory vs. the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving. For the second consecutive week, Brees spread the wealth by throwing touchdown passes to four different Saints (Dan Darnold, Tommylee Lewis, Austin Carr, Keith Kirkwood).

Brees is gaining traction as the frontrunner in the NFL MVP discussion.

Brees has completed 76.4 percent of passes while also amassing 3,135 yards, 29 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 127.3 passer rating.

If the season ended today, the completion percentage and passer rating would both be NFL single-season records according to NOLA.com.

The preparation process is a huge part of Brees’ sustained success.

“Listen, I’m having fun playing the game, and I’ve got a definite routine,” Brees said to NOLA.com. “I like where I’m at, but I feel like there’s still strides to be made.”

Garrett is well aware of what the Cowboys’ defense will be up against under the lights on Thursday.

“I just think he’s been fantastic for his entire career,” Garrett said to NOLA.com. “He’s a rare, rare player. Obviously, his production and statistics speak for themselves, but he’s going to go down as one of the all-time great players in this league.”