Tom Brady had one of his worst performances ever against the Saints in Week 15. He completed 26 of his 48 passes for just 218 yards and threw two interceptions in the Bucs’ 9-0 shutout loss, his first since 2006 and just the third of his career.
To say that he was frustrated is an understatement, and he boiled over a couple of times because of it.
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Brady sulked on the sidelines for much of the second half of the “Sunday Night Football” clash and notably threw a Microsoft Surface tablet late in the game as his offense sputtered. But there was another interaction he had with Saints coach Dennis Allen that drew a lot of attention late in the fourth quarter.
After Brady threw his second interception, which all but sealed the game with 3:47 left on the clock, he jogged over to the Saints’ sideline. Allen was clapping after the play and the cameras captured Brady yelling at him before jogging back to the Bucs’ sideline.
Social media naturally ran wild, as amateur lip-readers attempted to decode what Brady had said. You can judge for yourself via the video below.
What did Brady say to Allen? He wouldn’t elaborate during his postgame news conference.
“Ah, nothing, just football,” Brady said of the exchange.
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Allen, who has been New Orleans’ defensive coordinator since 2015, has routinely gotten the better of Brady since he came to the Buccaneers. That continued on Sunday night while Allen served as head coach with Sean Payton on the COVID list.
The Saints are 4-0 against Brady’s Bucs during the regular season and the veteran quarterback has averaged just 259.5 passing yards per game while recording seven total touchdowns and eight interceptions. In 26 regular-season games against other opponents, Brady has 74 total touchdowns and just 15 interceptions.
Of course, the Buccaneers beat the Saints when it counted most during last year’s postseason. But even in that game, Brady completed just 54.6 percent of his passes for 199 yards. He did log three total touchdowns, however, and didn’t record a turnover.
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Still, the Saints appear to be Brady’s current kryptonite. He will continue to be frustrated by them until he can overcome the challenge that Allen’s defense poses.