Want to know what it feels like to beat Tom Brady? Just join the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints blanked Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0 at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. But we're not here to talk about the NFC South race.
We're here to discuss Brady losing his fourth straight regular-season game to the Saints and interrupting a potential MVP campaign to deliver his worst performance of the year by far.
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First, here's Brady's stat line:
26 for 48 (54.2%), 214 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 fumble lost, 57.1 passer rating
That passer rating was Brady's lowest in a game since -- you guessed it -- last year's home game against the Saints (40.4 in a 38-3 loss).
It gets worse for the seven-time Super Bowl champion. Sunday's loss was just the third time in 315 career games that Brady has been shut out and his first shutout loss in 15 years. So, there's one record Brady can't break.
Brady's previous two shutout losses both came with the New England Patriots against AFC East opponents:
- Dec. 10, 2006: 21-0 loss at Miami Dolphins
- Sept. 7, 2003: 31-0 loss at Buffalo Bills
For context: The last time Brady was shut out, no currently active defensive player had entered the NFL.
This was also the first time ever Brady has been shut out at home, and the first time he's ever lost four straight regular-season games to the same opponent.
To say the Saints have Brady's number in Tampa Bay would be an understatement: He's now thrown eight interceptions to just six touchdown passes in four games against New Orleans as a member of the Bucs. The Saints also sacked Brady four times Sunday and have gotten to TB12 13 times in those four games.
Perhaps the wildest stat? According to the Associated Press, this was the first time Brady has ever lost to an opponent that didn't score a touchdown, as the Saints kicked three field goals to seal the victory.
That's all to say Brady had one of the worst games of his career Sunday night. The good news for the Bucs? They're still 10-4 after the loss -- and their lone victory over the Saints since Brady arrived was in last year's playoffs.