The New Orleans Saints did something that no other NFL team managed to in 15 years. In a 9-0 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints handed quarterback Tom Brady his first shutout since 2006 and only the third in his career.
The Saints went after Brady from the get-go, pressuring him into early throws or forcing him to take a sack. They were so efficient that Brady managed to throw for 214 yards while completing just 54.2 percent of his passes. Both were season-lows for the 44-year-old.
At the end of the game, Brady also had one interception, one forced fumble, and was sacked four times.
The Saints will likely cherish the shutout even more, knowing that they helped franchise legend Drew Brees preserve his record for most games without a shutout (304). Entering the game against New Orleans, Brady had an active streak of 255 games in which his offense put up points on board.
Brady’s struggles on Sunday night were no coincidence. Since he arrived in Tampa ahead of the 2020 NFL season, the Saints were his toughest matchup, and he lost all four times he played against them in the regular season. However, he did get the better of them in the playoffs last season when the Bucs beat New Orleans en route to Super Bowl.
By losing to the Saints, the Bucs have diminished their chances of getting the top seed in NFC. They are currently 10-4 while the conference leaders, Green Bay Packers, have 11-3 and own a tiebreaker.
The Saints, on the other hand, improved to a 7-7 record and kept their playoff chances alive.