The Buffalo Bills are the only NFL team to sport a horseshoe as part of its logo. If “luck” didn’t exist, would they still have one?
In his career, Tom Brady has won 238 games as a starter. He has now defeated all 32 NFL clubs, including his previous team, the New England Patriots, in Week 4. However, certain triumphs are particularly memorable for the 22-year veteran. This was evident when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, a long-time adversary. Even if the rivalry’s significance in the NFL has waned over the years, Brady still considers it a major game.
On Sunday, Tom Brady defeated his longtime adversary, the Indianapolis Colts.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers headed to Indianapolis to play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, pitting one of the finest NFC teams against one of the hottest AFC clubs.
Jonathan Taylor, the league’s top rusher, faced up against Tampa Bay’s No. 1 running defense after a tremendous effort in Week 11.
The game lives up to the hype.
The Colts established a 3-0 start and built a 24-14 advantage at halftime in a back-and-forth game. With fewer than four minutes remaining, the Bucs stormed back, grabbing a 31-24 lead before Indy knotted it up at 31.
Finally, with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Leonard Fournette, the game’s underappreciated star running back, made his imprint on the game — and maybe the season — by rumbling 28 yards, running over Colts defenders, and scoring the game-winning touchdown.
Brady and the Buccaneers were ecstatic with the victory. It improved their record to 8-3, putting them in second place after the Arizona Cardinals (9-2) and Green Bay Packers (9-2). (9-3).
Despite the fact that it was a mid-season game against a non-conference opponent, Brady said as much in his postgame press conference and on his weekly podcast.
Despite the fact that the rivalry has been over for years, Brady still relishes defeating the Colts.
When asked whether there’s still a joy in defeating the Colts, Tom Brady said, “There’s still a thrill in beating the Colts.” “Oh, sure. Absolutely. I don’t believe there’s anything lost there. So it’s nice to come out on top.”
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Because of how many times he’s beaten certain clubs, some of his TB12 victories are likely to matter less than others. This includes the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. He’s won 32 and 30 games against these two clubs, respectively.
However, some victories are more significant than others.
Brady’s main adversary for the first ten years of his career was Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
Even a decade after Manning’s last game with the AFC South, Brady still enjoys defeating the Colts.
A reporter questioned Brady whether “beating Indianapolis is still a thrill?” at his postgame news conference. “Oh sure,” Brady said. Absolutely. I don’t believe there was much affection lost. So it’s nice to come out on top.” He quickly reverted to TB12 mode, hailing the team’s victory but only after sharing his genuine sentiments.
Then, on his weekly podcast, Let’s Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jim Gray, the typically laid-back quarterback took it a step further. He explained to Jim Gray:
The previous nine times I’ve played the Colts, I believe I’ve beaten them. It was fantastic to win in Indianapolis. The horseshoe on their helmet, it turns out, isn’t as fortunate as it seems. It’s terrible for them, but not for us…. It’s always a pleasure to defeat the Colts. I’ve clearly had a long relationship with them. When Peyton was there, I was in heaven. When Peyton was their quarterback, it was very difficult to defeat them.
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Brady is definitely overjoyed after defeating the Colts in Week 12. Is he capable of finishing the 2022 season in the same manner?
Could the Buccaneers and Colts meet in the Super Bowl once more?
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Due to the reality of the NFL schedule, it’s possible that Sunday’s game was Tom Brady’s last meeting with the Colts. However, given how these two teams are doing, there is always the possibility that they may meet in the Super Bowl.
A Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts is now ruled out. With a 6-6 record, the Colts are now out of the AFC playoffs. They trail the 6-4 Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Las Vegas Raiders by a half-game.
Those three clubs, though, are all in the AFC West, and each will face the other once more. In Week 17, the Colts will also face the Raiders. According to FiveThirtyEight, Indianapolis’ playoff prospects are presently at 53 percent. If they defeat Vegas, their chances increase to 63 percent, and if they win all three games, they’re in.
The Buccaneers, on the other hand, are certain to make the playoffs after winning two of their previous six games. Once they’re in, several bookies, like BetMGM (h/t NJ.com), have Brady’s team as a +500 favorite to win the championship.
A matchup between Brady and Indy in the Super Bowl in 2021 is still a distant chance. It is feasible, but Indy would have to become hot during the regular season, and Tampa would have to traverse some form of the Packers/Cardinals/Rams gauntlet in the playoffs.
It would be a dream come true for Brady if he could defeat the Colts and earn another ring in 2021.
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