Drew Brees and the Saints torched Brady’s Buccaneers 38-3 in week 9. However, Brees had nothing but respect for Brady following the game.
The Saints-Buccaneers matchup was a highly anticipated one, but it fell flat on its face. Brady struggled all the day as the vaunted Bucs offense only scored three points despite welcoming Antonio Brown.
Drew Brees was asked what he and Tom Brady talked about when they shook hands after the game. #Saints
Here’s what he said ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/pewHiPk5DJ
— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) November 9, 2020
Drew Brees and New Orleans Pick Up Key Victory
This game was important for a multitude of reasons. For one, the winner of the game would assert themselves at the top of the NFC South. Secondly, if the Saints won it would mean they would have the head-to-head tiebreaker as they would sweep the season series against the Bucs.
Both came to fruition in the Saints 38-3 romp. Drew Brees had a very efficient night as he connected on 26/32 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns.
However, it was the Saints defense that deserves the bulk of the credit for this game. Facing the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski, the Saints defense held the Bucs to just 194 yards.
They forced Brady into very uncomfortable situations and made him throw passes that you would never expect to see from Brady. Just look at this play:
The last time Tom Brady threw 3 interceptions in a single game?
Week 3 in 2011.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) November 9, 2020
They also held the Bucs to just five rushing attempts, the lowest tally in NFL history.
Brees vs. Brady All-Time
While this matchup wasn’t what we wanted to see from two of the game’s greatest quarterbacks, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t breathtaking to see the two take the field this late into their careers.
While critics will be ready to rip into Brady’s career following this devastating loss, we shouldn’t forget that this is the same quarterback who has won six Super Bowls. However, Brady does seem to have a problem going up against Brees.
Here’s a comparison of the two quarterbacks in their head-to-head matchups.
In Head-To-Head Matchups
Brees: 135/208 (65%), 18TDs-1Pick, 5-2 record
Brady: 176/277 (63%), 9TDs-11Picks, 2-5 record
(Also, Brees is 3-1 in outside gms vs Brady since that’s everyone’s favorite narrative)
— KEV. (@bucklezzzman) November 9, 2020
So, this season’s edition of Brees vs. Brady is wrapped up until at least the playoffs. The Bucs and Saints are still in a tight race for the NFC South lead, and it may very well come down to the last game to determine who stands on top.