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Drew Brees, Saints need to be better in NFL playoffs against Tom Brady

This isn’t going to cut it against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The New Orleans Saints advanced to the NFL playoffs divisional round with a 21-9 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. But Drew Brees and the Saints were not overly impressive for long stretches of the game, taking far too long to separate themselves from a .500 team that backed its way into the playoffs, was short-handed and could be on the verge of a significant housecleaning.

Not until midway through the third quarter did Brees and the Saints finally find their groove, erupting for two touchdowns in the last 20 minutes. Brees also was stopped inches short of the goal line on what would have been a third score.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the first half against the Chicago Bears.

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Maybe this was the result of the COVID-19 outbreak that kept Alvin Kamara out of last week’s game and practice all this week. Or the fact this was Michael Thomas’ first game in almost a month after an ankle injury. Or that they were playing a team that was obviously overmatched.

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