Next Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints, fans will experience a first playoff matchup between two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.
It will indeed be the first confrontation between Tom Brady and Drew Brees in a meeting without a future. The two legends have been on the same circuit for 20 years now, being 43 and 41 respectively.
Together, the two men amassed an impressive 159,562 passing yards in the regular season. They also have 1,152 affected. The two competitors are also installed in first or second place in NFL history for yards gathered, passes attempted, successful throws and majors.
They were also able to win the Super Bowl. Brady has done it six times (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018), while Brees has ended on the Vince-Lombardi Trophy once (2009).
Although they have never faced each other in the playoffs, the two pivots have however faced each other seven times in the NFL and once at the college level. Brees had the better of Brady, winning five of those games.
However, we must focus on the duels they have fought this season to have a more precise idea of
The “Bucs” and the Saints, who play in the same section, played two games against each other in 2020. Both times, it was the Brees troop who experienced the happiness of victory.
The Saints signed wins of 34-23 (week one) and 38-3 (week ninth).
In those duels, the Saints quarterback completed 70.9% of his passes for 382 yards and six touchdowns, while Brady had 60.8% of his throws for 448 yards and two majors. The latter also threw five interceptions, while his rival was not the victim of any theft.
It should be noted, however, that in the second game, the 43-year-old veteran had one of the worst games of his career.
In short, Brees has the advantage statistically, but Brady has shown that in the playoffs, he always takes his game up a notch. It is not for nothing that he has recorded 31 victories in this situation since the beginning of his career. By comparison, Brees got nine.