Drew Brees and Tom Brady are set to face off in a playoff game for the first time in their respective careers and the New Orleans Saints quarterback said meeting Brady in the postseason was "inevitable." On Sunday, Brees' Saints defeated the Chicago Bears 21-9 in the wild-card round to set up a meeting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who beat the Washington Football Team a day earlier.
"I guess it was inevitable," Brees said of facing Brady, per ESPN. "Listen, the minute that he signed with the Bucs and came in the division, you felt like that was gonna be a team to contend with. That was gonna be a team that had playoff aspirations and beyond, just like us."
Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas, who played only seven regular season games, returned to the lineup against the Bears and caught his first touchdown of the season. "It was great [to get Thomas back]. It was great to get him in the end zone too.
Hopefully, we broke the seal and there's a lot more where that came from," Brees said.
Brees acknowledges the Saints offense has got work to do
The Saints offense scored just seven points in the first 40 minutes and Brees acknowledged that can't happen against the Buccaneers.
"Listen, we've got some work to do," Brees said. "I think still just kind of the first time getting everybody together again. Hopefully, we get [wideout] Tre'Quan Smith back this week, as well. There's just so much timing and rhythm that goes into the passing game and so many little nuances of things like that."
Meanwhile, Saints star running back Alvin Kamara -- who didn't play in Week 17 after testing positive for COVID-19 -- also returned to the lineup and ran for 99 yards and scored a touchdown. "I got a first-round bye.
I got a bye week," Kamara joked after the win over the Bears. "So it helps, obviously, just having that down time. You have no choice but to sit and recover and kind of like get your body back right. So I felt good out there today.
"With me, it didn't really affect me too much. Just taste and smell thrown off. No real side effects, no real symptoms. I felt fine out there today. My wind wasn't really affected. Thank God for the health. It was just something I had to deal with."