Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yells at a referee during the 4th quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 19, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
The Bucs and Saints met for a third time in the NFC Divisional Round, and Brady threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory over New Orleans. Brees completed 19 of 34 passes for 134 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in the loss.
Former Bucs running back LeSean McCoy made a recent appearance on the “I Am Athlete” podcast and talked about Brady’s reaction after defeating Brees in his final NFL game.
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers calls out instructions in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears in the game at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 24, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
“Tom is out there throwing with Brees’ kids. Kissing babies,” McCoy explained. “We get back to the locker room, Tom goes, ‘I got his ass! Let’s go! Sit his ass down!’ We were all like, ‘Ohhhh!'”
McCoy continued: “He’s the best teammate/competitor/leader I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greet after the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Brady’s quest for an eighth Super Bowl title begins on Sunday when the Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round of the playoffs. At 44 years old, Brady led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and touchdowns (43) to help the Bucs get the No. 2 seed in the NFC.