Prepare for the G.O.A.T. Bowl. No two quarterbacks have accumulated as many career numbers as Drew Brees and Tom Brady. The two will meet Sunday night in an event rare for football junkies and causal observers.
There will be more than just statistics at stake when the New Orleans Saints travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The teams have each suffered two defeats this season and the Brady’s Buccaneers (6-2) are half a game ahead of the Brees-led Saints (5-2). Tonight’s winner is the sole holder of first place in the NFC South League.
The Saints won the season opener at home against the Bucs 34-23. A Saints victory tonight would not only earn the Saints first place in the league, but also a season’s victory that would be important if the teams ended the regular season with a draw.
The Bucs would need a win to split the series and would then have to beat the Saints by the end of the regular season.
Watch the game on Sunday night at the Raymond James Stadium
Time: 20:20 ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida
Live stream: fuboTV (free trial, regional restrictions may apply)
Odds: Tampa Bay is a 4.5 point favorite
Brees signed a two-year, $50 million extension with New Orleans in the past off-season. He has also reportedly agreed to join Mike Tirico at the NBC booth after the 2021 season to replace Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth.
Brees has incredible career statistics, as does Brady, who joined the Buccaneers in the off-season after spending 20 years with the New England Patriots. Having the same two quarterbacks in the same league gives players the chance to see them play against each other twice in a season to avoid injury. The two could possibly face each other again in the playoffs if the scenarios work out right.
Both quarterbacks are from the Big Ten Conference, as Brady played in Michigan and Brees played in Purdue. Brady entered the league in 2000 and led the New England Patriots to nine Super Bowls, winning six of them. Brees entered the league in 2001 with the San Diego Chargers. He later signed with New Orleans, and he led the Saints to a Super Bowl that was a victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
Who is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)?
Brady and Brees are among the leaders in all major passing categories of a career. Here are some of them.
Career Touchdown Passes
Tom Brady – 561
Brewed mash – 560
Peyton Manning – 539
Career goes past shipyards
Drew Brees – 79.314
Tom Brady – 76,760
Peyton Manning – 71,940
Professional passport degrees
Brewed mash – 7.052
Tom Brady – 6,581
Board Favre – 6.300
Comebacks in the fourth quarter
Peyton Manning – 43
Tom Brady – 38
Drew Brees – 36
Evaluation of professional passers-by
Aaron Rodgers – 103,1
Russell Wilson – 102,4
Drew Brees – 98,6
Dak Prescott – 97,3
Tom Brady – 97,2
Tom Brady – 43
Drew Brees – 41.