Tom Brady once again couldn’t get past the Saints defense. This time, their Buccaneers lost 9-0 at home to New Orleans on “Sunday Night Football.”
Brady has been an NFL MVP favorite for most of the 2021 season, and especially recently. The Buccaneers headed into this game 10-3; a victory would have assured them NFC South. That’s one of the reasons this loss was shocking to fans.
The surprise loss also produced some wild stats for Brady and Tampa Bay. Here are nine of the wildest:
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It had been 15 years since Brady was last excluded in a game. The Patriots lost 21-0 to the Dolphins on December 10, 2006, when Brady was 29 years old. Miami’s head coach that day? Nick Saban. It was only Brady’s second shutout loss at the time; the first was on September 7, 2003, when the Bills defeated the Patriots 31-0.
Both losses occurred on the highway. Sunday was the first time Brady was eliminated at his home field.
This is the first time in Brady’s career that he has lost to a team four times in a row in the regular season. The Buccaneers beat the Saints in the playoffs last season.
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This Saints’ last shutout was nine years ago, almost to this day. They beat the Buccaneers 41-0 on December 16, 2012. Letting out the Buccaneers is something New Orleans knows how to do.
Plus, former Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ NFL-record streak of not being excluded is much more certain. He was 304 games in a row without being white; Brady’s streak ended at 255 games, including the playoffs.
The Buccaneers arrived Sunday as Super Bowl favorites. They also entered as big favorites to beat the Saints. Tampa Bay became the second-biggest favorite to be eliminated in the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN Stats & Info. They entered the game as favorites by 11.5 points. The last time a double-digit favorite was eliminated was on September 25, 1994, when the Chiefs lost 16-0 as a 14.5-point favorite to the Rams.
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Neither team reached the end zone Sunday night. This is not the first time this season that a surprise has occurred without touchdowns being scored. The Jaguars beat the Bills 9-6 on November 7. With his touchdown passes zero on Sunday, Brady stayed at 700 (again, counting the playoffs) for his career.
Brady threw for 214 yards Sunday night on 48 pass attempts, an average of 4.46 yards per attempt. He entered the game averaging 7.5 yards per attempt.
Brady was sacked four times at third down for the first time since 2002. All four sacks are tied for the most at third down in his career. One of the sacks was Cameron Jordan, who now has 100 for his career. Brady was sacked four times total during the game.
We started and finished with 15. The Buccaneers’ scoreless first half on Sunday marked the 15th time in Brady’s career that his team did not score at halftime.
The Buccaneers were scoreless in the first half twice last season. Against the Falcons, they won again 31-27. Against the Saints, they lost 38-3. That game remains the biggest loss of Brady’s career.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.