Tom Brady, winningest team. Sounds weird, right?
Well, it can happen. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to begin their quest for a Super Bowl repeat with #12 under center once again. After a back and forth regular season, the Buccaneers kick off the postseason with a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Not only are Brady and the Buccaneers gunning for another Super Bowl, but the future Hall of Fame quarterback can set another unprecedented record — accumulating more postseason victories than any team in NFL history.
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When will the accolades end for Brady?
The 44-year-old continues to defy the odds and keeps etching his name in the record books. He was just one of two quarterbacks (the other being Justin Herbert) to throw for 5,000 yards this season.
But nothing compares to this stat, one that is hard to believe. If the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl this season, he could pass all the teams on this list, depending on how everything plays out.
If this isn’t a testament to the greatness of Brady, then what is?
There are a couple of things to iron out in this potential scenario, but the path is there for an eighth Lombardi Trophy and another mention of Brady’s name in the NFL record books.
The NFL Playoffs are filled with the other teams on the list, so Tom Brady has his work cut out for him
In a weird twist, the other teams mentioned on that list with Brady are all in the playoff field this time around.
The New England Patriots are atop the chart, which isn’t a surprise considering Brady spent the first two decades of his career there before heading to Florida.
The Patriots start things off with the Buffalo Bills in a game set for frigid temperatures and one that might cause trouble for Bill Belichick’s team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a brutal matchup against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, and Ben Roethlisberger just wants to have fun in what will likely be his final game in the NFL.
Those two teams shouldn’t throw a wrench into Brady’s chances of topping this list. However, the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers just might.
The Packers have a first-round bye and appear headed for the NFC Championship Game, barring some unforeseen circumstance. The Cowboys have a tough matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, one that has been garnering quite a bit of attention due to the history behind it.
Other than that, Brady seems to be in pretty good shape to add another unbelievable stat to his long list of accolades. However, there is a good chance that Brady and the Buccaneers face the Cowboys or the Packers — or both — as long as Tampa Bay can get by the Eagles on Sunday.
If Brady and the Buccaneers can clinch an NFC title — and some other pieces fall into place — Brady’s name will be on top of the list come February.
The Buccaneers start things off with an interesting matchup against the Eagles
This year’s playoff field is an interesting one. The Buccaneers and Eagles matchup is full of storylines, with Brady’s loss against the Eagles in the Super Bowl — albeit as a member of the Patriots — leading the way.
More than that, this game features the top passing offense in Tampa Bay against the top rushing offense behind Jalen Hurts and the Eagles.
The Buccaneers are favored by more than a touchdown and should have no problem against the Eagles, although nothing is certain this season in the NFL.
Nonetheless, the path looks pretty clear for Brady to at least get to the NFC title game, and a Rodgers-Brady showdown for the second straight year might be in the works.
As the playoffs go on, it will be interesting to watch this list and see if Brady can become the winningest team in NFL history. Seriously, that would be quite the accomplishment.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference