Drew Brees and Tom Brady will face off in a playoff game for the first time in their storied careers when the New Orleans Saints face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next weekend.

"I guess it was inevitable," Brees said. "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, saw the Saints get the better of Brady, 43, and the Buccaneers in the regular season with wins in Week 1 and Week 9.