NFL | Sad end for Drew Brees


The world of sport is sometimes unfair and cruel. Drew Brees just saw it.






Miguel bujold
Miguel bujold
Press

In what was quite possibly the last game of his illustrious career, the New Orleans Saints general not only lost his duel to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-20, but he suffered three interceptions.

Ahead of the game, informant Jay Glazer of the FOX Network reported that Brees would indeed bow out at the end of the current season. Brees, 42, already has a contract in his pocket with the NBC channel to become one of its analysts.

The happy ending has not come for the quarterback of the Saints, but the moment to hang on his crampons, he has arrived. In addition to his three interceptions, Brees did not attempt a single pass over 20 yards, and the longest he made was only a 16-yard gain. His arm strength is simply not what it has long been.

It must be said that the injuries made it much more difficult for Brees. Taysom Hill and Latavius ​​Murray were not in uniform, as explosive Deonte Harris left the game in the first half with a neck injury. Harris had made two great kick returns before his injury, including one that ended in the Bucs end zone. However, a penalty canceled the game, which would have given the Saints a 10-0 lead.

Tom Brady wasn’t spectacular, but he allowed the Buccaneers to score three touchdowns and didn’t make any costly mistakes. Note, however, that three of his passes came very close to being intercepted.

The big confrontation between Brady and Brees therefore did not go as expected. Brees finished the game with just 134 yards (19 for 34) and one touchdown pass, while Brady had 18 of his 33 passes for 199 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The longest pass of the game came from Saints reserve Jameis Winston for a 56-yard touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith, who scored both of his own.

Like his quarterback, tight end Jared Cook had a game that surely kept him from sleeping well. Antoine Winfield Jr. lost the ball to him, which was picked up by Devin White, and it was at him that Brees threw the ball on his third interception, which essentially ended the game. Cook was therefore involved in two of the Saints’ four turnovers.

Alvin Kamara didn’t play his best game, but still totaled 105 yards of attack. On the other hand, wide receiver Michael Thomas was shut out, which is hard to believe.

Forward Leonard Fournette was the Bucs’ best offensive player, gaining 63 rushing yards and 44 passing yards. In return, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski and Scotty Miller only caught one pass each. Hard to believe, that too.

Brady and Brees were however very well protected by their line, while the only sack of the meeting was achieved by Demario Davis, of the Saints. Like the offensive lines, the defenses played very well, especially that of the Bucs. White and Ndamukong Suh were particularly good.

PHOTO BRYNN ANDERSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tom Brady now has a date with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay sPackers.

The Buccaneers defense will now begin preparation for their clash next Sunday (3:05 p.m.) against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Green Bay. It will be an incredible 14e conference final for Brady, but his first in the Nationale.

It will also be Brady and Rodgers’ first-ever playoff showdown.

> Watch Tom Brady have fun with Drew Brees’ son after the game

Will Mahomes play?

Hours before the game in New Orleans on Sunday, the Chiefs had a narrow escape in Kansas City. Suffering from a concussion, Patrick Mahomes left the game in the third quarter and was replaced by Chad Henne, a 13-season veteran who had never thrown a pass in a playoff game.

After notably converting a few fourth downs, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns scored a touchdown to reduce the Chiefs’ lead to five points, 22-17, with more than 11 minutes remaining. They seemed on the way to signing a second surprising victory in a row.

But Steve Spagnuolo’s defense didn’t allow more points and Henne made a few key plays in the closing moments, including a pass to Tyreek Hill on a fourth down with less than a yard to go. Andy Reid made a bold decision on the game in question, since the Browns would have picked up the ball at the 50-line if Henne had missed his pass.

The Browns scored two second-half majors after being unable to take advantage of a few good chances in the first 30 minutes of play. Receiver Rashard Higgins among other things dropped and lost the ball within a yard of the pay zone. , which probably cost them seven points.

One can also wonder about the weak use that the Browns made of their ground game in the first half, they who returned to the locker room with a deficit of 19-3. Rather than throwing the ball so often at Nick Chubb, who was unable to master many of those passes, the Browns should have handed him the precious object behind the line of scrimmage more often. Chubb and Kareem Hunt finished the game with a total of 19 carries, but still had 101 yards, averaging over 5 yards per carry.

Following their 22-17 victory that will see them host the American Conference final for the third straight year (Sunday at 6:40 p.m.), the big question in the Chiefs’ camp is of course the state. of Mahomes’ health.

PHOTO CHARLIE RIEDEL, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Can Patrick Mahomes face the Buffalo Bills?

Players who sustain a concussion typically miss the following week’s game in the NFL. Before getting the green light from the doctors in order to participate in the game against the Buffalo Bills, Mahomes will have to follow the famous concussion protocol.

How important is Mahomes ‘presence to the Chiefs’ success? If he’s able to play, the Chiefs will be four-point favorites to win, according to gambling dens and other virtual casinos. If Mahomes must be absent, it is rather the Bills who will be favored by two points.



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