Tom Brady & Drew Brees to Play Each Other for Possibly the Last Time Ever

Published 01/12/2021, 9:48 AM EST
Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures before a snap as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) looks on in the first quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady and Drew Brees are modern-day icons of the NFL. With a combined total of close to 160,000+ passing yards, 40 playoff wins, and 7 Super Bowl rings, they have done it all and won it all. 

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But over the course of the 2-decades that the veteran quarterbacks have played together in the NFL, they’ve never met each other in the Playoffs. But that’s set to change when they finally lock horns this weekend in the AFC Divisional Round.

Oldest quarterback pairing in history

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The clash between the two titans is also set to be a record-breaking feat in the NFL. What’s more, when the Buccaneers take on the Saints, it’s also set to be the oldest quarterback matchup in NFL history. 

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Drew Brees, who will be 42 soon, when taking on Brady, 43, will combine for a total age of 85. The previous record is also held by them, 84, when they took on each other in the 2020 regular season.

Brady also became the oldest quarterback to start a playoff game when he took to the field against the Washington Football Team last week. 

Could this be the swansong for Drew Brees?

Rumors of this being Brees’ last season in the NFL have been doing the rounds for some time now. The quarterback has been a cornerstone for the Saints and even led them to their maiden Super Bowl in 2010.

Still enduring as the league’s all-time passing yard leader with over 80,000+ passing yards, Brees has suffered a tough time with injuries this season. 

Brees was diagnosed with 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung in mid-November; injuries that placed him on the injured reserve list for the first time in his career. 

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Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures after a touchdown run by running back Alvin Kamara (41) in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Tough as nails though, Drew Brees returned a month late to guide his side into the Playoffs. And as the season nears its end, the rumor train keeps picking up pace. 

Regardless of what decision Brees ends up taking, the future Hall of Famer will have only one thing in mind when Sunday comes around. Ensuring Tom Brady does not get his hands on a 7th Super Bowl ring this season.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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