Two of the NFL’s greatest veteran quarterbacks might have battled for the last time ever on Sunday.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady got the win over Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday, advancing his team to the NFC Championship game.
Brees and the Saints swept their regular-season meetings, beating the Bucs twice this year and trampling them 34-17 in their last meeting.
However, Brees, who might have played his last professional game, collapsed in the playoff meeting, throwing three interceptions that the team could not overcome with Brady playing efficiently on the other side.
Brady was far from stellar but was able to capitalize on the great field position that the New Orleans turnovers gave the Buccaneers. Brady threw two touchdown passes and ran the ball in for another to secure a 30-20 win.
Brady and Brees, both well over 40 years old, are No. 1 and No. 2 in just about every NFL passing category that exists.
However, this might have been the last time we see future Hall of Famer Brees play. This is partially because he suffered very painful rib and lung injuries this season and will most likely announce his retirement after 20 seasons.
Brady, the ageless wonder, will be leading the Bucs against Green Bay and potential league MVP Aaron Rodgers next week in what will be the 14th conference title game of his career.