This would be the first playoff sport in NFL historical past that includes two beginning quarterbacks age 40 or older.
TAMPA, Fla — By now you have in all probability seen the tweet. Tom Brady and Drew Brees photoshopped to seem like senior residents. All of it got here in response to former Main League Baseball participant Danny Valencia’s tweet saying, “Each future @TomBrady sport must be on the historical past channel.”
Brady then tweeted out the altered picture on Monday. It has since obtained a whole lot of hundreds of likes, together with tens of hundreds of feedback and retweets.
The image could also be pretend, however the historical past is actual. When Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Brees’ New Orleans Saints face off within the divisional playoffs this Sunday, will probably be the primary time two quarterbacks age 40 or older will begin an NFL playoff sport. Not solely that, it is the oldest QB matchup in any NFL sport.
Brady is 43 and Brees is 41. Brady’s rookie yr was 20 seasons in the past in 2000, and Brees adopted in 2001. However they’ve solely performed head-to-head seven occasions, with Brees holding a 5-2 benefit. He received their first two conferences as a member of the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and 2005, then took house a 3rd win with the Saints in 2009. Brady got here again to guide his New England Patriots over the Saints in 2013 and 2017. However this season, the Saints have crushed the Bucs twice — together with a 38-3 landslide in Week 9 in Tampa.
Each quarterbacks are certain for the Corridor of Fame once they lastly hold up the cleats. Actually, you possibly can make a case for Brady and Brees (or vice versa) as the 2 best ever to line up underneath heart. Brees holds the NFL data for passing yards (80,358), completions (7,142) and consecutive video games with a landing go (54, 2009-12). Brady, in the meantime, handed Brees for many profession landing passes (581) this season by throwing 40. He additionally has probably the most common season wins (230), playoff wins (31), playoff touchdowns (75) and Tremendous Bowl wins (six).
When requested about this weekend’s playoff matchup, Brees stated it appeared “inevitable” his Saints would match up with TB12 and the Bucs.
“The minute that (Brady) signed with the Bucs and got here within the division, you felt like that was gonna be a staff to deal with,” Brees stated. “That was gonna be a staff that had playoff aspirations and past, similar to us.”
The Bucs and the Saints will meet in New Orleans Sunday at 6:40 pm for the precise to play within the NFC Championship sport. It could be the fourth NFC title sport for Brees if the Saints win. But when the Bucs pull off the highway upset, Brady will go to his tenth convention championship — yet one more certainly one of his data.
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