The New Orleans Saints will welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a third time this season after destroying the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears 21-9.
The NFC South had two teams make the postseason, and both the Saints and Buccaneers will be advancing to the divisional round. The Saints routed the Bears to the tune of 21-9 with Chicago getting a last-second touchdown to push their score to nine, hence the reason it isn’t ten.
As for the Bucs, they were able to play the NFC East-winning Washington Football Team, a team that really shouldn’t have made the playoffs but was able to since each division gets a team in. Washington was also without their starting quarterback.
Brady and Tampa Bay looked great but were somewhat stunned by the strong performance from Washington’s starting quarterback, Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke went for over 300 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs won 31-23.
The No. 2-seeded Saints will continue their home-field trend as they’ll force the No. 5-seeded Bucs to travel north. This is a huge advantage for the Saints as well. However, playing a veteran quarterback and one of the best to ever throw the ball, Brady’s Bucs will be prepared.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams. Let’s just say, if it goes like either of the firs two, the Saints will be just fine. New Orleans has two dominating victories against the Bucs, one of which Tampa Bay was surging entering the matchup.
The second time, in Tampa Bay, the Saints handed Tom Brady one of the worst losses of his career. A 35-point margin between the two teams was exactly what the Saints needed to regain their confidence after a slew of close wins.
This time is expected to be completely different. These two teams know each other. They’ll be prepared. Finally, at full strength, the Saints will have no excuse if they can’t get the job done yet again.
Brady and Brees will both potentially take the field for the last time.
While Brady is expected to return next season, Brees is expected to retire. Either way, this will be two legends facing off in what could be a chance to play another future Hall of Famer in Aaron Rodgers if he can get by the LA Rams.