Tom Brady once again could not overcome the Saints’ defense. This time, his Buccaneers lost 9-0 at home to New Orleans on “Sunday Night Football.”
Brady has been an NFL MVP favorite for most of the 2021 season, and especially recently. The Buccaneers headed into this game 10-3; a win would have clinched the NFC South for them. That’s one reason why this loss was shocking to fans.
The upset defeat also produced some wild statistics for Brady and Tampa Bay. Here are nine of the wildest:
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It had been 15 years since Brady was last shut out in a game. The Patriots lost 21-0 to the Dolphins on Dec. 10, 2006, when Brady was a 29-year-old. Miami’s head coach that day? Nick Saban. It was only Brady’s second shutout loss at the time; the first was Sept. 7, 2003, when the Bills beat the Patriots 31-0.
Both of those losses were on the road. Sunday was first time Brady had been shut out on his home field.
This is the first time in Brady’s career that he has lost to a team four times in a row in the regular season. The Buccaneers did beat the Saints in the playoffs last season.
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This Saints’ last shutout was nine years ago, almost to the day. They beat the Buccaneers 41-0 on Dec. 16, 2012. Shutting out the Buccaneers is something New Orleans knows how to do.
Additionally, former Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ NFL-record streak of not being shut out is a lot safer. He went 304 games in a row without being blanked; Brady’s streak ended at 255 games, including the playoffs.
The Buccaneers came into Sunday as a Super Bowl favorite. They also came into it as a heavy favorite to beat the Saints. Tampa Bay became the second-largest favorite to be shut out in the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN Stats & Info. They entered the game as an 11.5-point favorite. The last time a double-digit favorite was shut out was Sept. 25, 1994, when the Chiefs lost 16-0 as a 14.5-point favorite to the Rams.
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Neither team reached the end zone Sunday night. This isn’t the first time this season an upset has happened with no touchdowns being scored. The Jaguars beat the Bills 9-6 on Nov. 7. With his zero touchdown passes Sunday, Brady remained at 700 (again, counting playoffs) for his career.
Brady threw for 214 yards Sunday night on 48 pass attempts, an average of 4.46 yards per attempt. He came into the game averaging 7.5 yards per attempt.
Brady was sacked four times on third down for the first time since 2002. The four sacks are tied for most on third down in his career. One of the sacks was by Cameron Jordan, who now has 100 for his career. Brady was sacked four times total for the game.
We begin and end with 15. The Buccaneers’ scoreless first half Sunday marked the 15th time in Brady’s career his team didn’t score by halftime.
The Buccaneers were scoreless in the first half twice last season. Against the Falcons, they came back to win 31-27. Against the Saints, they lost 38-3. That game remains the largest loss of Brady’s career.