Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at 30:20 to get their ticket to the NFC championship The Green Bay Packers

NEW ORLEANS – Tom Brady’s best game in three attempts against New Orleans kept the Buccaneers moving in the NFL playoffs, and Saint’s quarterback Drew Brees went home – maybe forever

Brady and the Bucs offensive turned three out of four Saints turnovers into touchdowns, and Tampa Bay defeated New Orleans in the divisional round of the playoffs at 30:20 on Sunday night

Two of these touchdowns went to Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette on short passes. And after linebacker Devin White caught the second interception thrown by Brees, Brady drove the Bucs to 1, from where he met at 4:57 to get his 14th Travel to a conference championship game – his first in the NFC – to virtually ensure

This game is set to take place next week in Green Bay, where 43-year-old Brady will attempt to make his 10th birthday in a showdown with Packers All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers Ascend to the Super Bowl

“ We worked hard to get to this point. Two road playoff wins are pretty cute, ” Brady said.“We have to beat a great soccer team that we know pretty well, Aaron plays amazingly ”

While in the Superdome at 73000 seats only 3With 750 tickets distributed to meet local COVID-19 restrictions, fans cheered as the 42-year-old Brees entered the field for New Orleans (13-5), apparently feeling that this was theirs last chance could be to see him play at home

Brees, who was still under contract for a year, declined to say if he would retire. After changing in the locker room, he went back to the field and watched his four children play He once gave a long hug with his wife, Brittany

“I appreciate everything this game has given me,” said Brees, “ there are obviously so many incredible memories ”

If it was his last game, it won’t be one he wants to remember The NFL leader in completions and yards was 19 out of 34 for 134 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions

“A couple of them I probably shouldn’t have thrown and maybe forced,” said Brees. “That was what mattered about this game, those sales were because all of these gave them the ball deep in our territory and that can you do not do with (Tampa Bay’s) offense you are too good and will take advantage of what you did ”

Brady finished 18 of 33 for 199 yards in an often more defensive bout unlike his two previous meetings with the Saints – both losses – he wasn’t intercepted and largely avoided the pressure by just picking up a sack

“Really just lock in and play a lot better than the first two games,” he said. “We had some sales last time, this time they flipped it and that’s usually the story of soccer games ”

After Brees’ third interception with a tipped pass late in the fourth quarter, the Bucs were able to end the game with Brady, in his first season with Tampa Bay (13-5) after 20 with New England knee

“Obviously they beat us twice in the regular season,” Bucs said against Donovan Smith. “We got around with the knockout in Round 3

The Saints were leading 6-3 when Brees fell while trying to escape the pressure, Michael Thomas fell and was intercepted by Sean Murphy-Bunting, who raced 36 yards along the sideline to the Saints 3. Brady met Evans a game later to give the Buccaneers a 10-6 lead

Brees ’16 yard pass for Tre-Quan Smith put the Saints 20-13 ahead, and New Orleans appeared poised to build on that lead when Brees found Jared Cook over 50 but Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr Cook undressed from behind and White snatched the loose ball and brought it 18 yards back to the New Orleans 40

“ It wasn’t anything Brees did, it was all our defense did, ” White said.“Our attitude was all week that they won the first two rounds, we had to win the third round ”

Ryan Succop’s 36-yard field goal made it 23:20 before White intercepted a pass for Alvin Kamara, who gave the Buccaneers the ball at New Orleans 20 and set up the final Tampa Bay TD

Jameis Winston, evicted from Tampa Bay when Brady became available, threw a 56-yard touchdown pass against his old team at a trick game

Kamara snapped directly and passed the ball in the back to receiver Emmanuel Sanders before Sanders returned to Winston. The Reserve QB launched an accurate pass in the middle to an open Smith

Fournette finished 107 yards from the precipice, 63 on the ground. He had 40 yards in a drive that set up a field goal that connected it to 13 after time ran out in the first half

Kamara had 105 meters from the precipice, 85 on the ground. Thomas was caught without a catch in his last game of an injury-ridden season

Saints: Deonte Harris, who returned the first punt in Tampa Bay after 54 yards to score a field goal, suffered a neck injury in the first half

The Bucs are set to try to advance to the second Super Bowl in franchise history with Brady, who is no stranger to high-stakes cold-weather gaming after two decades in New England

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