Brady, Brees both inch closer to TD record in playoff showdown


A pair of legendary NFL quarterbacks have extended playoff streaks that put them within striking distance of league postseason history.

Tom Brady and Drew Brees each threw touchdown passes in the Buccaneers-Saints Divisional Round matchup on Sunday, marking their 18th and 19th consecutive postseason starts with a scoring strike, respectively, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

Brady's first touchdown pass of the game was a short, third-yard toss to wide receiver Mike Evans early in the second quarter, shortly after the Saints turned the ball over on a Brees interception.

Brees his wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith on a 16-yard scoring strike in the third quarter. Smith had previously scored on a wild double-reverse pass from backup quarterback Jameis Winston.

The record of 20 consecutive playoff games with a touchdown pass is held by Brett Favre, according to Josh Dubrow of the Associated Press.

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