Brees: Playoff matchup with Brady was 'inevitable'

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NEW ORLEANS — Tom Brady and Drew Brees will actually do something next week that they have never accomplished in their storied NFL careers: face each other in a playoff game.

The second-seeded New Orleans Saints will host the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the finale of next weekend’s divisional-round matchups on Sunday afternoon.

“I guess it was inevitable,” said Brees, who said he knew the Buccaneers would be a significant rival once Brady decided to migrate to the NFC South this past offseason. “Listen, the minute that he signed with the Bucs and came in the division, you felt like that was gonna be a team to contend with. That was gonna be a team that had playoff aspirations and beyond, just like us.”

Brees, who will turn 42 on Friday and is expected to contemplate retirement after this season, said, “I don’t take it for granted. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity.”

The Saints, who became the first team ever to sweep the NFC South division in the regular season, got the better of Brady and the Bucs in their first two matchups — a 34-23 win in New Orleans in Week 1 and

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