New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller Tom Brady are locks to enter their Hall of Fame when their respective legendary careers come to a close. But before any of that happens, the two will do battle when the Saints take on the Bucs in the Divisional round of the playoffs next week.
While Brees and Brady have accomplished so much during their careers, they have never faced one another in a playoff game.
“I guess it was inevitable,” Brees said, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “Listen, the minute that he signed with the Bucs and came in the division, you felt like that was gonna be a team to contend with. That was gonna be a team that had playoff aspirations and beyond, just like us.”
Brees, 42, and Brady, 43, are both hoping to carry their team to the Conference Championship game. For the Saints, it will be important to get back into a groove with the returns of Michael Thomas, who finally got back on the field during the Wild Card win.
“It was great [to get Thomas back]. It was great to get him in the end zone too. Hopefully, we broke the seal and there’s a lot more where that came from,” said Brees, who threw for 265 yards and two TDs on Sunday but acknowledged that the offense has room to improve after scoring just seven points in the first 40 minutes.
“Listen, we’ve got some work to do,” Brees said. “I think still just kind of the first time getting everybody together again. Hopefully, we get [wideout] Tre’Quan Smith back this week, as well. There’s just so much timing and rhythm that goes into the passing game and so many little nuances of things like that.”