Drew Brees, Tom Brady kick off NFC South rivalry

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Even dating back to the college days, the head to head match-up between Drew Brees and Tom Brady has always been a coin flip.

The two ageless wonders are 3-3 all-time against one another, but never have they ever done battle as divisional foes until this weekend.

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A game inside a game as the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers now give us an NFC South clash featuring two GOATS for the price of one.

Brady has six Super Bowl titles, entering his age 43 season, widely regarded as the Greatest of All Time. However, he’s still chasing Brees in both career passing yards and touchdowns, leaving the 41-year-old Brees as the statistical GOAT at least for the time being.

But all of that comes second to the here and now of not only wining Sunday’s game, but also taking down a common enemy. Brees said, “I’ve got a ton of respect for Tom and all that he’s accomplished in his career. I’m sure he’s pretty rejuvenated being down there and having the opportunity with the new team and obviously he’s got a great team around him, a lot of good skill position players and a really good defense as well. So they’re in the division now, so we’re both fighting for the same thing. I’ve always used the term prolong your prime. At the end of the day that’s what we’re trying to do. Father Time is going to get us at some point, but we’re trying to beat him out right now.”

Sunday’s game kicks off at 3:25 p.m. from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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