The NFL Divisional Playoff Round is ripe with juicy stories, particularly surrounding the quarterback position. Let’s start with the two who are a combined 85 years old in Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.
Brady and Brees’ career accomplishments are very similar. Both have played for only two franchises (Brees with the San Diego Chargers and Brady with the Patriots). Both are Super Bowl MVP winning champion quarterbacks. Both have passed for more than 75,000 yards and over 570 touchdowns in their illustrious careers. There are numerous others and really too many to mention.
Brees has been on record of saying he knew when Brady came to the NFC South, there would be a good chance of them meeting in the playoffs. Truer words were never spoken. The Saints have had their way with Brady’s bunch in 2020 including a 38-3 boat racing of Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. The stakes are much higher in this third matchup with a berth in the NFC title game on the line.
One year ago, I recorded a podcast asking two questions. “Has the Brees been calmed” and “Is the Dynasty Over?” The former came on the hinges of Brees being outplayed by Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins in NoLa in last year’s wildcard round. The latter, of course, came as Brady’s last touchdown pass for the Patriots came as he threw a pick-six to the Tennessee Titans. Soon after, we would find out the dynasty was indeed dead in Foxboro.
Although it would appear Brady’s legacy is cemented with his six championships and six Super Bowl MVPs, one could argue this last run means more for the Brees legacy. For certain is this one thing. We are unlikely to see this ever again. The accomplishments of two quarterbacks playing at a high level well into their 40’s with a viable opportunity to win another Super Bowl.
Sit back and enjoy the ride, ladies and gentlemen. This is going to be fun and the last time we see this in the National Football League.