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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls for movement before the snap before the handoff to New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and touchdown against Tampa Bay, Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Drew Brees will begin his week of preparation for the Saints' playoff opener in Texas.

Brees is with his family for the burial of his grandfather, Ray Akins, who died last week in New Baden, Texas at the age of 92.  

New Orleans is sticking to its normal work week. Monday was a chance to go over Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, Tuesday will be the players' day off as the coaching staff builds the game plan and the installation of the game plan for Carolina will begin on Wednesday. 

“I’ll be with my family tomorrow and Tuesday burying my grandfather," Brees said.

Brees, who completed 22-of-30 throws for 245 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions against the Buccaneers, made it clear that his focus is on his family early in the week, but he would still keep an eye on preparation for Carolina. 

"I’ll bring along my laptop and try to do what I can on the plane," Brees said. "I’ll get my preparation in."

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