Six-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback, Tom Brady, has officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the rest of the league feeling… Deflated.
Announcing his departure from the New England Patriots via social media on St. Patrick’s Day was the ultimate Irish goodbye to Boston fans. Brady now enters a locker room featuring weapons like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, and Ronald Jones II. It’s exciting to imagine what the ceiling is for this offensive unit under the tutelage of head coach Bruce Arians. But what’s even more exciting is the fact that Brady will captain this ship through the NFC South, where he has a strong history of success.
Tom Terrific has been just that when facing NFC South opponents, boasting a 17-4 record against the division. Two of those games were played in the Super Bowl where Brady defeated the Panthers in 2004, and the Falcons in an epic comeback performance in 2017. Brady has also never lost to the Buccaneers or the Falcons in his 20-year career.
Brady has a career regular-season completion percentage of 63.9%. When facing the NFC South, his percentage is 66.6%. Brady’s career regular-season rating is 97. When facing the NFC South, his rating is 101.8.
Take a look at the amount of Touchdown Brady has thrown against NFC divisions:
– NFC East – 47
– NFC South – 42
– NFC North – 41
– NFC West – 26
As a starter, Brady has only missed the playoffs twice in his 20-year career. But, let’s be honest, getting through the AFC East has been smooth sailing for the All-Pro quarterback. The Jets, Dolphins, and Bills have been practicing social distancing for most of the last decade.
It’s no secret that Brady has had his share of success against most of the league. His success against the NFC South, however, bodes well for the overall confidence of this young Buccaneer team that will face Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and now Teddy Bridgewater twice a year.
In the last five years, the NFC champion has come out of the NFC South twice. The 2021 Super Bowl will be played at Tampa’s very own Raymond James Stadium. Brady holds the record as a quarterback for the best record in home games as he is 125-20-0. No NFL team has ever played in and won the Super Bowl when hosted at its home stadium. Brady taking the snaps for the Buccaneers will have Tampa Bay’s hopes for a Super Bowl run… Inflated.