For the first time in league history, Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers featured two quarterbacks over the age of 40 on the same field.
Drew Brees and Tom Brady aren’t just any old quarterbacks, ranking first and second respectively in all-time passing yards and touchdowns.
Tom Brady donning some new threads after spending his first 20 years in the league with the Patriots, Brees still rock solid entering his age 41 season.
New Orleans takes this one by the final score of 34-23 in front of an empty Superdome. Brees said, “Pretty quiet. But listen, this is the new normal – at least for now. Hopefully we get some fans in the stadium soon if we can get everybody in the state on board with that. But in the meantime, we’ve just got to take care of business. Create our own energy is what we stressed this week. No preseason games, you try to simulate during practice with situations and going against your own defense and trying to put yourself in that moment. But obviously you come out here, typically you feed off the crowd and hey, it’s the start of the season. So things were a little different. There were definitely a lot of mistakes I think all the way around, but we also made a lot of good plays. Defense, a couple of huge turnovers, pick six, special teams got a turnover. Offensively, I think there’s a lot more to be desired there. We can do a lot better job.”
Next up for the Saints is a Monday Night Football showdown against the Raiders for the first NFL game ever played in Las Vegas.
But even that’s gonna be hard to top the television rating from Sunday’s game which received a 16.2 overnight rating, a four year high for a FOX week one game and the biggest TV audience since the Super Bowl.
On a down note, star wideout Michael Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain during the win, but says it is something he believes he can play through.