NFL Divisional Playoffs: Battle of two 40-year-old plus QB’s Tom Brady of Tampa Bay against Drew Brees of New Orleans

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (12-5)
AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-4)

DIVISIONAL // SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2021 // 6:40 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

ON THE AIRWAVES:

TV: FOX/FOX Deportes (6:40 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter),
Tom Rinaldi (field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli
SIRIUS: 82 (TB), 83 (NO) | XM: 226 (TB), 225 (NO), 88 (National)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 37-21
STREAKS: Saints have won past 5
LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Saints 38 at Buccaneers 3
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Saints 34, Buccaneers 23

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY

First meeting in postseason

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS LEADERS

7-9 PLAYOFF RECORD

1: 2002 (XXXVII) CHAMPIONSHIPS

W 31-23 at Washington (1/9/21) LAST POSTSEASON GAME

10-2 (Atl 2-0, Car 2-0, Chi 0-1, Den 1-0, Det 1-0 GB
1-0, KC 0-1, LAC 1-0, LV 1-0, Min 1-0) VS. COMMON OPP.

30.8/22.2 PTS. FOR/AGAINST

384.1 OFFENSE

Tom Brady: 401-610-4633-40-12-102.2 PASSING

Ronald Jones: 192-978-5.1-7 RUSHING

Mike Evans: 70-1006-14.4-13 RECEIVING

327.1 DEFENSE

Jason Pierre-Paul: 9.5 SACKS

Carlton Davis: 4 INTS

+8 (25/17) TAKE/GIVE

Jaydon Mickens: 6.2 PR

Jaydon Mickens: 24.3 KR

Bradley Pinion: 45.2 (40.2) PUNTING (NET)

Ryan Succop: 136 (52/57 PAT; 28/31 FG) KICKING

HEAD COACHES

BRUCE ARIANS

1-5 VS. OPPONENT

2-2 PLAYOFF RECORD

BUCCANEERS TEAM NOTES

• BUCCANEERS earned 1st playoff win since 2002 (SB XXXVII).
• TAMPA BAY had one player selected to 2021 Pro Bowl roster:
LB JASON PIERRE PAUL.
• BUCCANEERS OFFENSE ranked 3rd in points per game (30.8) &
allowed 4th-fewest sacks (22) in 2020.
• TAMPA BAY DEFENSE allowed fewest rush yards per game
(80.6) & ranked tied-4th in sacks (48).
• QB TOM BRADY had postseason single-game franchise-record
381 pass yards in Wild Card round.

• QB TOM BRADY is postseason all-time leader in starts (42),
completions (1,047), pass yards (11,769), pass TDs (75) & Super
Bowl titles (6). Ranked tied-2nd in pass TDs (franchise-record
40) & 3rd in pass yards (4,633) in 2020 & became 5th QB in NFL
history with 2+ seasons (2) of 40+ TD passes. Had postseason
single-game franchise-record 381 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs
for 104.3 rating in NFC-WC at Was.
• RB RONALD JONES set career-highs in scrimmage yards
(1,143), rush yards (978) & rush TDs (7) in 2020. RB LEONARD
FOURNETTE has 418 scrimmage yards (104.5 per game) & 5
rush TDs in 4 career playoff games. Had 132 scrimmage yards
(93 rush, 39 rec.) & rush TD in NFC-WC at Was.
• WR MIKE EVANS ranked 4th in NFL in rec. TDs (13) this season.
Had 1,006 rec. yards in 2020 & is 1st player in NFL history with
1,000+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 7 seasons. Had 6 catches
for postseason single-game franchise-record 119 rec. yards
in NFC-WC at Was. WR CHRIS GODWIN has rec. TD in 5 of his
past 6 on road, incl. playoffs. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3
at NO. WR ANTONIO BROWN has 53 receptions for 886 yards
(80.5 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 11 career playoff games. TE ROB
GRONKOWSKI has 12 career postseason rec. TDs, tied-2nd most
in NFL history.
• LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & sack in postseason debut
last week. Has 24 FFs since 2014, tied 2nd-most in NFL. LB
DEVIN WHITE was 1st player since 2000 with 140+ tackles (140)
& 9+ sacks (9). Aims for his 4th in row vs. NO with 10+ tackles. LB
JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 5 TFL & 5 PD in 5 career postseason
games. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had 1.5 sacks in his last playoff
game vs. NO (1/20/19 – NFC-C w/ LAR).

MOST PASSING YARDS
IN NFL HISTORY (INCl. POSTSEASON)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (12-5)
AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-4)
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
MOST PASS TDS
IN NFL HISTORY (INCl. POSTSEASON)
TOM BRADY 90,973
DREW BREES 85,590
PEYTON MANNING 79,279
TOM BRADY 656
DREW BREES 607
PEYTON MANNING 579

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS LEADERS

PLAYOFF RECORD 10-12

CHAMPIONSHIPS 1: 2009 (XLIV)

LAST POSTSEASON GAME W 21-9 vs. Chicago (1/10/21)

VS. COMMON OPP. 9-3 (Atl 2-0, Car 2-0, Chi 1-0, Den 1-0, Det 1-0, GB
0-1, KC 0-1, LAC 1-0, LV 0-1, Min 1-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 30.1/21.1

OFFENSE 376.4

PASSING Drew Brees: 275-390-2942-24-6-106.4

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 187-932-5.0-16

RECEIVING Alvin Kamara (RB): 83-756-9.1-5

DEFENSE 310.9

SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 13.5

INTS Many tied: 3

TAKE/GIVE +9 (26/17)

PR Deonte Harris: 12.2

KR Deonte Harris: 27.3

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 43.1 (41.7)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 126 (57/58 PAT; 23/28 FG)

HEAD COACHES

SEAN PAYTON

VS. OPPONENT 17-10

PLAYOFF RECORD 9-7

SAINTS TEAM NOTES

• SAINTS clinched 4th-consecutive NFC South division title,
longest streak in franchise history.
• SEAN PAYTON led NO to SB XLIV title (2009 season).
• NEW ORLEANS 5 players selected to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: T
TERRON ARMSTEAD, DE CAMERON JORDAN, RB ALVIN KAMARA,
CB MARSHON LATTIMORE & G ANDRUS PEAT.
• SAINTS OFFENSE ranked 5th in points per game (30.1).
• SAINTS DEFENSE ranked 4th in total yards allowed per game
(310.9) & 5th in points allowed per game (21.1).

• QB DREW BREES has 5,232 pass yards (307.8 per game) & 36
TDs vs. 12 INTs for 100 rating in 17 career postseason starts.
Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.3 rating in NFC-WC vs. Chi. Had 4
TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.2 rating in Week 9 meeting. Aims for his
4th in row vs. TB with 2+ TDs & 0 INTs.
• RB ALVIN KAMARA led NFL with 21 TDs (16 rush, 5 rec.) & ranked
3rd in scrimmage yards (1,688). Led all RBs with career-high
83 receptions. Had 116 scrimmage yards (99 rush, 17 rec.) &
rush TD in NFC-WC vs. Chi. Has 850 scrimmage yards (106.3
per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. TB. RB
LATAVIUS MURRAY had rec. TD in NFC-WC vs. Chi. Is 1 of 2 RBs
(TODD GURLEY) with 5+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons.
• WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 43 receptions for 566 yards (94.3
per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career postseason games. Has
74 catches for 899 yards (99.9 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 9
career games vs. TB. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS is 1 of 3 WRs
(T.Y. HILTON & JULIO JONES) with 500+ rec. yards in each of
past 9 seasons. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with TD catch. WR
DEONTE HARRIS had career-highs in catches (7) & rec. yards
(83) in NFC-WC vs. Chi. TE JARED COOK has 22 rec. TDs since
2018, 2nd-most among TEs.
• DE CAMERON JORDAN is only player with 7+ sacks in each
of past 9 seasons. Has 5.5 sacks, 8 TFL & 4 PD in 10 career
postseason games. Has TFL in 6 of his past 7 at home vs. TB.
DE TREY HENDRICKSON tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 13.5
sacks. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 10 PD & 6 TFL in 8 career games
vs. TB. Had sack in last home meeting. Was 1 of 5 LBs with 100+
tackles (119) & 10+ TFL (10) in 2020. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE
aims for his 8th in row with PD, incl. playoffs.

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