For the second time this season, the Saints got the better of Brady and the Buccaneers to keep their playoff hopes alive and prevent Tampa Bay from clinching the NFC South — for the moment, at least.
The Saints acting head coach, Dennis Allen, drew up a masterpiece of a game plan and shut out Brady for the first time in 15 years — and only the third time in his illustrious NFL career.
The Saints frustrate Tom Brady and complete the season sweep of the Buccaneers
The Buccaneers didn’t forget about the last time they played the Saints. However, it made no difference.
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton was absent after he tested positive for COVID-19, and the Saints walked right into Raymond James Stadium and dominated Tampa Bay from start to finish with a bizarre 9-0 final score.
It was a shocking performance from the Buccaneers’ offense, and the Saints’ utter dominance continues as they have quickly become Brady’s kryptonite.
Brady finished with a 26-of-48 clip for 214 yards and an interception. Cameron Jordan sacked Brady two times, and the New Orleans defense combined for four sacks on the night as they stifled the Buccaneers’ offense time and time again.
Now, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Leonard Fournette all left the game with injuries of their own, but the Saints still flexed their muscles and silenced the Tampa Bay fans in a weird Sunday night game.
How many times has Tom Brady been shut out in his NFL career?
There’s the answer.
More than 300 games, 22 years in the NFL, and seven Super Bowl rings are just a sniff of what Brady’s resume looks like. That is all impressive facts, and there is reason to believe he can snag Super Bowl trophy No. 8 this season.
But this is just the third time in his career that a Brady-led team has dropped a goose egg. In fact, the last time this happened was so long ago that no active defensive player was in the NFL. Really.
That is something else and shows just how hard it is to limit an offense led by Brady. Yet, the Saints have had their way with him since he joined Tampa Bay. Drew Brees was in his first year in the NFL, and Nick Saban was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
It just keeps getting more and more unheard of. That is how rare it is for Brady to be shut out, yet the Saints did it on Sunday — without their head coach, by the way.
The Saints prove to be the kryptonite to Tom Brady once again
It has been less than two years since Brady has been wearing a Buccaneers’ uniform. But, the Saints have dominated him since he joined the NFC South.
Not only did New Orleans complete the season sweep of their division rivals, but even more impressive is how good they have been in Tampa Bay.
That is shocking. More than that, Brady is now 1-4 against the Saints since he joined Tampa and he now has the same number of touchdown passes as he does interceptions in that span.
For some reason, the Saints have his number. If Allen — the Saints acting head coach — wants to interview for a head coaching job, this performance is one major talking point in those conversations.
Impressive, unreal, dominating — you name it. For the first time in 15 years, Brady has been shut out.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference