Super Bowl LIII was probably one of the worst we have ever witnessed. There was only one touchdown scored and three field goals kicked in the entire game. One thing we learned in that Super Bowl in Atlanta however is that Tom Brady is now officially the most successful football player in the history of the NFL. Super Bowl LIII was Brady’s ninth Super Bowl appearance which brought him his sixth Super Bowl ring. It is crazy to think that Tom Brady, a single NFL player, has won more Super Bowls than 31 NFL franchises.
Tom Brady might be the most successful player and quarterback of all time and is considered as one of the most successful athletes ever, but at the moment there is still one thing missing from his resume — his name is still missing in the record books for some of the most important all-time passing records. Another great quarterback by the name of Drew Brees possesses nearly all of those. Brees currently holds passing records in the following categories: passing yards, passing yards per game, passes completed, passes completed per game, pass completion percentage, passing yards per game in a single season, passes completed in a single season, passes completed per game in a single season, and pass completion percentage in a single season. Brees holds the record for nearly every important passing statistic in the record book, yet sports fans still refer to Tom Brady as the GOAT because of his championship success —and it is difficult to argue otherwise.
Now just imagine, two of football’s greatest quarterbacks of all time facing off in a Super Bowl: Tom Brady (Mr. 6x Super Bowl Champion) vs. Drew Brees (Mr. All-Time Passing Records Holder). Fact is we were very, VERY close to seeing these two square off in a what could have been one of the greatest and most entertaining Super Bowls ever.
This year Brees and his New Orleans Saints were in a way “robbed” from an opportunity to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. During the 2019 NFC Championship the Saints were leading late in the fourth quarter and an official missed an obvious pass interference call against Tommylee Lewis, which cost the Saints a first down and a chance at running out the clock to secure their victory. The Rams came back and tied it in the dying seconds of the game to send it to overtime. The Saints got first possession in overtime and Brees threw an interception to give the Rams the ball. The Rams then completed a successful drive to win the game in OT and head to the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Here is a clip about the now infamous no-call against the New Orleans Saints which costed them a trip to the Super Bowl:
Needless to say, in March 2019 about two months after the no-call which cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl, the NFL ended up changing their rules around a little bit at the NFL’s annual league meeting and now pass interference (including non-calls) will be reviewable in the upcoming 2019 season.
I am confident that if the missed pass interference penalty was called by the officials or if the Saints had the ability to challenge the call to get it overturned, the Saints would have had ran the clock down and kicked a field goal or just kill the clock to secure their victory and win the NFC Championship to head to the Super Bowl. I can also assure you that if we witnessed Brees vs. Brady in a Super Bowl it would have been much more entertaining than the snooze-fest we witnessed this year. Perhaps it would have been one of the — I repeat, ONE of the — greatest Super Bowls ever, between two of the best quarterbacks of all time squaring off on football’s biggest stage.
That no-call against the Saints was the second consecutive year Who Dat Nation experienced a painful playoff elimination. Last year in the Divisional Round of the 2018 NFL playoffs in Minnesota, the Saints suffered from the “Miracle in Minneapolis”…
The New Orleans and Drew Brees have suffered from heartbreaking playoff eliminations two years in a row now and as close as we were to getting a Brady vs. Brees Superbowl this year, there is a chance we may never witness a Superbowl duel between the two because fact is that Brees and Brady are not getting any younger — Brees is 40 years of age and Brady is 41 turning 42 in August. For this reason, as a football fan, a part of me is disappointed that we experienced a missed call which allowed the Los Angeles Rams to advance to the Super Bowl because we were robbed from witnessing a Super Bowl between two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever step foot on a football field.