NFL play-offs: Tom Brady’s myth just keeps getting bigger

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Tom Brady’s myth just keeps getting bigger

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NFC final “will be a big game”

After reaching the Conference Championships, quarterback Tom Brady talks about the reasons behind the clear victory over the New Orleans Saints. Furthermore, the 43-year-old talks about the strengths of the upcoming opponent Green Bay Packers.

Tom Brady won the duel of the NFL legends and ended Drew Brees’ career. The superstar is only missing one win for his tenth Super Bowl participation. And that with a notorious team of losers.

Ahen two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history hugged, it felt like a farewell on the pitch. “Stay in touch,” Tom Brady said to his competitor Drew Brees, smiling. The myth of the most successful quarterback in the history of the National Football League (NFL) was made a little bigger by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ’30:20 against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday evening (local time) – Brees’ career, on the other hand, may be after a bitter idea past.

Brady is in a conference final for the 14th time in his career and faces Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers around the German-American passport recipient Equanimeous St. Brown on Sunday.

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The snow in Wisconsin is waiting for Brady

Brees, however, afforded three interceptions and stops after information from US journalists. But he did not want to express himself so explicitly immediately after the defeat. “I’ll give myself the opportunity to think about the season and a lot of things, like last year, and then make a decision,” said the 42-year-old.

Drew Brees

Farewell greetings: Quarterback Drew Brees continues as a TV expert

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According to US media reports, Brees signed a contract as a TV expert with NBC for the time after his career in the spring. In the new role he would have to criticize a performance like the one on Sunday – and as a still active professional he was honest with himself about the meaning of the three bad passes. “You can’t do that because their attack is so good,” said Brees.

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The Buccaneers made their own touchdown out of each of the ball wins and thus also returned the favor for the two defeats in the main round when they had made too many mistakes themselves. “The ball losses played a major role. We lost a lot of the ball last time, this time they lost them. It’s usually the story of a football game, ”Brady told Fox TV. When asked about Brees’ possible end of his career, he said: “I think so much of him as a player and as a person, I know him pretty well. He’s an incredible player and opponent. “

Divisional Round - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints

Usual pose: Tom Brady is only two wins away from the next title

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Before the possible home game in the Super Bowl – which will be played on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay – it is now to Wisconsin. “We worked hard for it. Two play-off away wins, that’s pretty good, “said Brady, whose influence is clearly illustrated by one statistic: The last time Tampa Bay had reached the play-offs in 2007 at all.

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With freezing temperatures and snowfall in Green Bay, a huge challenge awaits against a team in good shape. In the main round, the Buccaneers won against the Packers 38:10.

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NFL: Tom Brady loses debut with Tampa, tribute to George Floyd

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Tom Brady – “Obviously I’ve made too many mistakes”

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Brady admits to “terrible turnovers”

Tom Brady loses on his debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a division duel against Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints. He then analyzes his two interceptions.

Tom Brady loses the first game with his new team. Then the most successful quarterback in history goes hard with himself. The NFL opener is accompanied by protests. It gets particularly emotional in Minneapolis.

Tom Brady has got off to a bad start with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the NFL, the North American professional football league. “I’ve already lost a lot of games in my career,” said the 43-year-old quarterback after the 23:34 against the New Orleans Saints.

“Obviously I made too many mistakes today, I’ll focus on what I have to do – and I have to do a better job.” Against New Orleans, he lost two balls, known as interceptions. Brady last made two such mistakes at the beginning of a season in 2003.

“Was his performance a misstep against a strong opponent or the beginning of an ugly season?” Asked the sports portal “The Ringer” and stated about a weak phase of the first appearance: “The“ Brady is cut off ”calls are beginning. Loud. ”But Brady has already been written off several times due to his age, but again and again proved his class. He even completed his first possession of the ball as a Buccaneer with a self-run touchdown. “That’s why I wouldn’t say he was out of rhythm at all – until we started messing it up,” said Bucs coach Bruce Arians.

Not a good evening for a perfectionist: Tom Brady lost his first game with Tampa Bay. The 43-year-old quarterback clearly lacked the bond with his new teammates

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Brady, who moved to Tampa after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots, finished the game with 23 successful passes in 36 attempts for 239 yards and two touchdowns thrown. But afterwards the coordination and processes in his new team were no longer right. No test games could be played in the NFL due to the corona pandemic. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is also 41 years old, had a solid performance without losing the ball to prevail in the duel of the veterans. The Saints are considered by many experts to be the strongest team in the NFC South.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Tom Brady (12) started well against the Saints. Later, however, he made two bad passes with serious consequences

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“Maybe those who overreact are right,” wrote Sports Illustrated. “What if we knew about Brady’s limitations at 43 before this experiment and just didn’t want to believe that they would apply in this situation? What happens then?”

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Brady’s successor to the Patriots, Cam Newton, led New England to a 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins with two self-made touchdowns. Newton, who brought 15 of his 19 passes to teammates and ran for 75 yards himself, efficiently implemented the moves designed for him by his new coach Bill Belichick.

In addition to the Brady debut, the season opener was all about protests against social injustice, racism and police violence: George Floyd’s family was invited to the game of the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers (34:43) – the stadium is only about five Kilometers from the place where the African American died in a police operation in late May.

NFL in the sign of protest

The game was started – like every other this season – with the unofficial hymn of the blacks “Lift every voice and sing” – in addition to the national anthem “Star-Spangled Banner” traditionally played before kick-off. The teams stood in a row, silent and hooked, while the song, sung by Grammy winner Alicia Keys, played on the stadium screen.

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Other players left the field and went into the dressing room closed, where they stayed during the traditional national anthem. In the Seattle Seahawks game against the Atlanta Falcons, all 22 players knelt after the kick-off and let the ball spin into the end zone, some players like Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich knelt.

After months of protests against racism and police violence in the United States that followed Floyd’s death, and intermittent strikes in other sports, the behavior of the professionals in the National Football League had been eagerly awaited. Colin Kaepernick started as the then quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 with his kneeling protest during the anthem.

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The Washington Football Team, which had dropped its suffix “Redskins” in the course of the racism debate, won the first game under the new coach Ron Rivera 27:17 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rivera, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, had a planned infusion at halftime according to media reports in order to be able to end the game on the sidelines in any case.

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