Tom Brady leads Tampa Bay to win over Drew Brees, New Orleans in potentially final matchup for future HOF QBs
In what may have been the final matchup ever for Tom Brady and Drew Brees, it was Brady leading his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to another Conference Championship Game appearance in his legendary career.
At the half, the Saints and Buccaneers were tied 13-all. The first 30 minutes were a bit of a defensive struggle with both quarterbacks looking off balance at times.
After halftime, it appeared Brees and the Saints had settled in. He led New Orleans on a touchdown drive out of the break, including a touchdown with a beautiful pass to Tre’Quan Smith.
Unfortunately, that is where the highlights would end for the Saints’ offense. Tampa Bay forced three turnovers in the second half, including a punchout by Antoine Winfield Jr. and two interceptions thrown by Brees. Brees finished the game with three interceptions on 19-for-34 passing.
On the other side of the ball, Tampa Bay scored the last 17 points of the game, including a 10-0 fourth quarter, as Brady accounted for three touchdowns – one rushing – without a turnover. Brady went 18-for-33 passing for 199 yards and two scores through the air.
As Brady searches for another Super Bowl and advances to the NFC Championship Game, fans are faced with the possibility that Brees has played the final game of his NFL career. Prior to kickoff, FOX’s Jay Glazer reported that Sunday’s game would be Brees’ last in the Superdome, indicating the star quarterback had made a decision to retire heading into 2021.
If this is indeed the end for Brees, he will no doubt be headed to the Hall of Fame as soon as possible following a legendary career.