History always remembers the winning team, but history also has a way of remembering how legends do head-to-head against other legends.
In the case of the New Orleans Saints and Quarterback Drew Brees, that memory is turning out to be a pretty good one.
Having already beaten Tampa Bay in Tom Brady’s first-ever game as a Buccaneer, the Saints doubled down in week nine with a dominating 38-3 victory on Sunday Night Football.
That gives the Saints a half-game lead atop the NFC South and a two-game lead in this year’s head-to-head match-ups.
Prior to Sunday, Brady had never lost to the same team twice in the same regular season going 20 years in New England without getting swept by the Bills, Dolphins, or Jets.
Dating back to college, Brees is now 5-2 all-time against Brady and even took back the all-time passing touchdown record with 564 to Brady’s 561. Saints linebacker Demario Davis said, “To be a part of a team like this, to be able to play in games like this, I mean you’re talking about two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game going head-to-head. I just don’t want to stop and move past this moment because this is history. The fact that all of us get to be a part of this, it’s just an amazing experience and to be able to come out victorious both times, I’ve just got to give credit to the man above because it’s a blessing in itself. No matter who would have won, it’s a blessing to be a part of this second.”
The Saints return to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in week ten to host the San Francisco 49ers at 3:25 p.m. Sunday on WXXV FOX.
Just to give you an idea as to how rare Sunday’s performance was as it pertains to TB12 and trailing by at least 31 points in a game, it’s only happened two other times. Yesterday’s game was the worst loss of his career and the six time Super Bowl winner hasn’t trailed that badly in more than six years.
Another rare feat, throwing at least four more touchdown passes than Tom Brady in a single game dating back to 2001. It’s only happened three times with Drew Brees accounting for two of those games on Sunday and all the way back in 2009 as well as Alex Smith in 2017.