Tom Brady finds himself in a familiar position: he is just one win away from reaching the Super Bowl again. In order to get there for the 10th time in his illustrious career, the greatest quarterback of all time will have to lead his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a road victory over the top-seeded Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
While the odds favor the Packers — the Buccaneers are listed as 3-point underdogs — fans of Brady’s former team hope that he will once again be able to beat them and advance to the Super Bowl: according to SB Nation’s latest Reacts survey, 61 percent of New England Patriots are rooting for the 43-year-old and his club to leave Green Bay victoriously and with a ticket to the biggest game in the sport in hand.
Once there, New England fans are rooting for a meeting with one of Brady’s long-time rivals. The Buffalo Bills have 64 percent of Patriots fans behind them, according to SB Nation’s survey:
Like the Buccaneers, the Bills will also have to travel to the top seed in the conference. After winning their first two playoff games in rather convincing fashion, they are now slated for a rendezvous with the reigning world champions in Kansas City.
The Chiefs are also listed as 3-point favorites, with the status of quarterback Patrick Mahomes in particular being kept a close eye on: the one-time league MVP is still in the league’s concussion protocol after leaving the divisional round game against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter. Mahomes being out or at least hampered by the injury or lack of practice time would certainly shift the power balance in Buffalo’s favor.
Either way, Patriots fans’ dream Super Bowl matchup between the Buccaneers and Bills would need two upset road victories in order to materialize. If both teams do defy the odds to reach the title game, it would turn into a meeting of old foes: Brady has routinely dominated Buffalo ever since his emergence as New England’s starting quarterback in 2001.
Since then, the future Hall of Famer has beaten the Bills in 32 out of 35 meetings — all while posting some impressive numbers along the way: Brady went 738-for-1,154 passing in his career against them for 8,669 yards, 70 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. While this year’s Buffalo team is vastly improved when compared to some of years past, Brady’s history against the club would certainly still be a dominant headline leading up to the Super Bowl.
Him going up against the AFC East winners in Year One after leaving the division also would be a fitting way to end the 2021 season, and possibly Buffalo’s hopes of finally winning a championship.
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