TAMPA BAY (12-5) at NEW ORLEANS (13-4)
Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Saints by 4
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Buccaneers 10-7; Saints 10-6-1
SERIES RECORD — Saints lead 37-21
LAST MEETING — Saints beat Buccaneers 38-3 on Nov. 8, 2020, in Tampa Bay
LAST WEEK — Buccaneers beat Washington 31-23; Saints beat Bears 21-9
AP PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 8, Saints No. 4
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (28t), PASS (2).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (1), PASS (21).
SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (6), PASS (19).
SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (4), PASS (5).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – The combined ages on game day of Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (43) and Saints QB Drew Brees (42) will be 85, the highest in NFL history. ... Brady became the oldest QB to win a Super Bowl two seasons ago at 41. ... The Saints are four-time NFC South champions and swept both regular-season meetings. ... The Buccaneers' playoff victory last week was their first since winning the Super Bowl at the end of the 2002 season ... Brady’s playoff victory last weekend was his first since winning his sixth Super Bowl with New England at the end of the 2018 season. ... Brady has won a record 31 postseason games, with the first three coming at the end of the 2001 season. He passed for 381 yards last week, setting a franchise postseason record. ... Brady is slated to make his NFL-record 43rd playoff start. ... Saints QB Drew Brees will make his 18th career playoff start and has won nine postseason games, all with New Orleans after going 0-1 in the playoffs with the Chargers. Including postseason games, Brady has 90,973 career yards passing and Brees has 85,590. ... Tampa Bay ranked third in the NFL with 30.8 points per game while New Orleans ranked fifth at 30.1. ... The Buccaneers’ league-leading run defense gave up 80.6 yards rushing per game, then 86 yards last week in the playoffs. ... Bucs RB Leonard Fournette had 132 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 39 receiving) and a TD rushing in the wild-card round win. ... Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,143), yards rushing (978) and TDs rushing (7) in 2020. ... Bucs receiver Mike Evans ranked fourth with 13 TDs and had 1,006 yards receiving. ... Tampa Bay WR Antonio Brown has averaged 80.5 yards receiving in 11 career playoff games. ... TE Rob Gronkowski has 12 career postseason TDs. ... Bucs LB Lavonte David had nine tackles and a sack in his postseason debut. ... Brees’ 80,358 yards passing in the regular season rank first in league history. ... Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed for 99 yards and a TD last week. Kamara set franchise records in 2020 with 21 total TDs and 15 TDs rushing. Kamara led all NFL running backs with a career-high 83 receptions this season. ... Saints RB Latavius Murray missed practice time this week with a thigh injury after scoring a touchdown last weekend. ... Saints WR Michael Thomas missed nine regular-season games with ankle injuries but returned from a three-game absence last week. Thomas has averaged 94.3 yards in six career postseason games. ... Saints WR/return specialist Deonte Harris had seven catches for 83 yards last week. ... WR Tre’Quan Smith returned to practice this week after being designated to return from injured reserve. ... Saints DE Cameron Jordan is the only player with at least seven sacks in each of the past nine seasons. Jordan has 5 1/2 sacks, eight tackles for loss and four passes defensed in 10 career postseason games. ... DE Trey Hendrickson led the Saints and tied for second in the NFL with 13 ½ sacks but missed New Orleans’ playoff opener with a neck injury before returning to practice on a limited basis this week. ... Fantasy tip: It's never a bad idea to have Brady on your side in the postseason.
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