The New Orleans Saints dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the regular season, taking all the wins against Tom Brady and his crew prior to Sunday night’s divisional round rematch. They are the obvious favorites to win the match, as shown by the majority of Bitcoin sportsbooks. However, anything can happen in the playoffs, and that proved to be true after Drew Brees underperformed and threw three interceptions to help Tampa Bay advance to the Conference Championships. As it stands, Tom Brady gets another shot at reaching the Super Bowl, which adds to his already impressive repertoire.
Brady wasn’t having the greatest of games as well, but he capitalized on the Saints’ wreckless turnovers, throwing for two scores and rushing for another. On top of that, Tampa Bay’s defense showed exceptional performance after bullying Brees.
Here are some of the highlights from Tampa Bay’s W to advance to the NFC title match:
The Buccaneers’ Edge
Despite Tom Brady not performing at his best, the Buccaneers stayed focused and took advantage of other scoring opportunities. The early Sean Murphy-Bunting interception created a Brady-to-Evans touchdown. Antoine Winfield Jr.’s forced fumble also set up an easy Brady-to-Leonard Fournette touchdown. And last but not least, a late pick by Devin White made way for a cheeky Brady quarterback score. It was the defensive prowess of the Buccaneers that won the match for them.
The Saints’ Weak Point
This was potentially Brees’ final match at the Superdome. If it is, many will say that he showcased an underwhelming performance. Without Taysom Hill, New Orleans was crippled and slow-moving, relying on Alvin Kamara and Michal Tomas–both performing less than expected from players of their caliber. Brees held back scoring opportunities with three bad picks. He was inaccurate with his passes apart from a brief moment following a touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith. That night, Brees was overshadowed by James Winston, who gave the team its biggest offensive break after a trick-play ending with a TD.
The match was close until the mid-fourth quarter. The Saints were only behind three points. After several short throws, they were about to take over the Buccaneers’ side. However, Brees’ off pass to Kamara, who was on the other end of miscommunication, and Buccaneers linebacker Devin White recovered an easy pick to capture a 10-point lead.
This match magnified several turning points for both teams. The Saints are on the verge of losing their starting quarterback with Brees likely to retire. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers head to the NFC Championship and face the Packers to present some of the hottest Bitcoin NFL odds of the season and secure a shot at the Superbowl LV trophy.