QB Rivalry – Tom Brady vs Drew Brees

Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season will feature the 7th all-time head-to-head matchup between Tom Brady and Drew Brees as opposing starting quarterbacks. It will be the first part of the 4th chapter of this rivalry.

Each QB has won 3 times in 6 games.

Chapter 1 – Michigan vs Purdue

Before Brady was a 6th round pick in the 2000 Draft and Brees was a second round pick in 2001, they overlapped in college in 1998 and 1999. Michigan only played Purdue during the 1999 season.

10/2/1999 – Michigan won 38-12

#4 ranked Michigan snapped Purdue’s 10 game winning streak.

  • Brady – 15-25, 250 yards, 2 TD
  • Brees – 20-49, 293 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Chapter 2 – Patriots vs Chargers

9/29/2002 – Chargers won 21-14

2002 season was the only time the Patriots did not make the playoffs with Brady as the full-time starter (he was injured in 2008). 2002 season was also Brees’ first year as the full-time starter for Chargers. Chargers got off to a 4-0 season thanks to 217 yards rushing from LaDanian Tomlinson.

  • Brady – 36-53, 353 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • Brees – 10-18, 104 yards, 1 TD

10/2/2005 – Chargers won 41-17

This was an absolutely stunning loss for the Patriots, who had won 21 consecutive games at home. Chargers outscored Patriots 24-0 in the second half.

  • Brady 19-32, 224 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Brees 19-24, 248 yards, 2 TD

Chapter 3 – Patriots vs Saints

11/30/2009 – Saints won 38-17

Brees’ first start against Brady as a Saint came the year the Saints won the Super Bowl. This was a rare blowout loss for a Brady-led team. 2009 is also the last time Brady played in New Orleans.

  • Brady – 21-36, 237 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
  • Brees – 18-23, 371 yards, 5 TD

10/13/2013 – Patriots win 30-27

Brady led a 70 yard drive in the final minute of the game that ended with a game-winning 17 yard touchdown pass to WR Kenbrell Thompkins with :5 seconds remaining.

  • Brady – 25-43, 269 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Brees – 17-36, 236 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

9/17/2017 – Patriots won 36-20

After the Patriots lost week 1 to the Chiefs, they came out firing and avoided an 0-2 start….which is exactly what the Saints did. Despite the 0-2 start, New Orleans would win 11 of their next 14 to win the NFC South.

  • Brady – 30-39, 447 yards, 3 TD
  • Brees – 27-45, 356 yards, 2 TD

Chapter 4 – Bucs vs Saints

After 20 years in New England, Brady is now a Buccaneer and will make his debut against Brees and the Saints in a game featuring the two guys listed #1 and #2 on the all-time passing list.

9/13/2020 – Game in New Orleans Week 1

First game in NFL history with two QBs over 41 years old.

11/8/2020 – Game in Tampa Bay Week 9

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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