Chase Young vs Tom Brady: The Battle of David & Goliath Which Didn’t Quite Go According to Script

Published 01/10/2021, 12:15 PM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hugs Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady is the NFL’s winningest quarterback. With 6 Super Bowl rings to his name and over 200 career wins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is one of the greatest to have played the sport.

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Chase Young, on the other hand, has just completed his rookie season in the league. The pass rusher drafted in 2nd overall by the Washington Football Team, however, is no pushover.

Young has fast established himself as one of the hottest prospects of the league. With 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 32 tackles, he has been a cornerstone for a strong Washington defense.

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So when the young rookie from Ohio State signaled his intent to take down the GOAT in their Wild Card game, one expected a match up for the ages. Unfortunately for Young, the game wasn’t one he’ll add to his personal highlights reel.

A steep learning curve for Young

While Washington put up a strong fight, they eventually succumbed to a 31-23 defeat at the hands of the Buccaneers. Instead of Young, it was back up quarterback Taylor Heinicke who mounted the charge for the Washington side.

And on the other end, as Tom Brady kept on piling yards, Young and Washington’s defense failed to come up with answers.

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Tom Brady ended the night with 381 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. While the quarterback was sacked thrice in the game, Young had little to no input in them.

Young had a relatively quiet outing at the office on a night where he has said that he was out for Tom Brady. With 3 tackles and 0 QB sacks, Young failed to get a sniff of the quarterback he was after.

And to make matters worse for the rookie pass rusher, he watched the final snaps of the game from the sidelines as he picked up an ankle injury.

Tom Brady further extends his playoff legacy

The GOAT faced Washington’s challenge head-on and conquered them in style. With yet another stellar playoff performance, Brady now has 31 playoff wins in just 42 games.

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Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates in the final two minutes against the Washington Football Team in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

What’s even more mind-numbing is that by getting the better of Washington on Saturday, Brady registered a win against a 17th different NFL franchise in the Playoffs. That’s more teams beaten by Brady in the Playoffs than any other QB’s total wins in postseason history.

With the win, Tom Brady marches on to what could be an unprecedented 7th Super Bowl ring. And even at the age of 43, no feat seems impossible for the legendary quarterback.

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Shivayan Roy

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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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