Last Updated on January 11, 2021
NFC Divisional Round Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5, 6-2 Away) vs. New Orleans Saints (12-4, 6-2 Home)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021
Time: 6:40 p.m. EST
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome — New Orleans, LA
NFL fans are getting the matchup we all wanted in the Divisional Round — the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Drew Brees will go toe to toe with Tom Brady for perhaps the last time in their careers.
The Saints are opening at -3.5 on the spread on DraftKings Sportsbook. New Orleans is -177 on the moneyline compared to Tamp Bay’s +145. The total is set to 50.5 points.
It’s no surprise to see the NFL put Saints vs. Buccaneers as the late game on Sunday night. These are two bonafide Super Bowl contenders with two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. This is must-see television.
NFC Divisional Round opening lines via @SuperBookSports:
Rams at Packers -7, 46.5
Buccaneers at Saints -4, 49.5
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Believe it or not, this is going to be the first time that Brady and Brees meet in a playoff game. Brees only played in one playoff game when he was with the San Diego Chargers — a loss to the New York Jets. Not to mention, the Saints never played the Patriots in the Super Bowl during Tom Brady’s tenure in New England.
No matter what happens on Sunday, history will be made.
Saints Dominated Both Games vs. Buccaneers
The Saints had the upper hand in both games between these NFC South rivals, winning by double digits both times. In fact, their Week 9 meeting with the Bucs was a 38-3 blowout where Brady threw for three interceptions and no touchdowns. Brees, on the other hand, had four touchdowns and no picks. Will this be more of the same for these two or will Brady bounce back?
Although the Tampa Bay defense had issues with Brees and the Saints this season, they played well down the stretch of the season. In their last eight games, they are only giving up 21.8 points per contest. If they can continue that trend, the third time might be the charm for the Buccaneers.