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The final faceoff? Comparing Drew Brees and Tom Brady by the numbers

A statistical tale of the tape entering what could be the eventual Hall of Famers’ final encounter.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs Saints quarterback Drew Brees following Tampa Bay's 34-23 loss in the 2020 season opener in September at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs Saints quarterback Drew Brees following Tampa Bay's 34-23 loss in the 2020 season opener in September at the Superdome in New Orleans. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 15
Updated Jan. 15

A statistical comparison of 43-year-old Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and 42-year-old Saints counterpart Drew Brees entering what could be their final matchup in Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game:

All-time victories vs. the other

Brady Two

Brees Five

Career wins (including postseason)

Brady 261*

Brees 181

Related: Drew Brees' advantage over Tom Brady? Longevity trumps brevity.

Career passing yards (regular season)

Brady 79,204

Brees 80,358*

Career passing yards (playoffs)

Brady 11,769*

Brees 5,232

Then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) greet each other after a 2015 preseason game in New Orleans.
Then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) greet each other after a 2015 preseason game in New Orleans. [ BILL FEIG | Associated Press (2015) ]

Career touchdown passes (regular season)

Brady 581*

Brees 571

Career touchdown passes (postseason)

Brady 75*

Brees 36

Career completion percentage (regular season)

Brady 64.0

Brees 67.7

Game-winning drives (regular season, fourth quarter plus overtime)

Brady 48

Brees 53

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees points at then-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a 2012 preseason game in Foxborough, Mass.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees points at then-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a 2012 preseason game in Foxborough, Mass. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

Comeback wins from a deficit of 10 or more points (regular season and playoffs)

Brady 37*

Brees 27

Career 20-touchdown seasons

Brady 18*

Brees 17

Career 4,000-yard passing seasons

Brady 12

Brees 12

Career 300-yard games

Brady 99

Brees 123*

*-NFL leader