Tom Brady and Drew Brees are set to face off Sunday in the playoffs for the first time in their respective careers, and the highly anticipated matchup is something the New Orleans Saints quarterback prepared for during the offseason.
"When Tom Brady signed with the (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and I knew that he was coming to our division, I envisioned this game," Brees said Wednesday, according to John DeShazier of NewOrleansSaints.com.
"I envisioned this game happening, because I knew our aspirations as a team, to be in the playoffs and beyond, and I certainly knew what he was bringing to the Bucs and that talented roster," he added. "And so, I think this is probably where we all envisioned being at this point in the season."
Sunday's game will mark the first playoff contest featuring two starting quarterbacks over the age of 40.
Brady recently shared an edited image of himself and Brees, and the latter had some notes for the person who created the "hilarious" picture.
"They made me look like the dad from 'Family Ties,'" Brees said, according to Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate. "I didn't like the hairline, to be honest ... I would've liked a little more hair on top."
"We were texting back and forth on Monday, just kind of chuckling at this whole scenario," Brees said. "He's 43, I turn 42 on Friday, so that's 85 years and a lot of football experience that's going to be on the field on Sunday."
Brady joined Tampa Bay in the offseason after playing his first 20 NFL campaigns with the New England Patriots. The six-time Super Bowl champion helped the Buccaneers make their first playoff appearance since 2007.
Brees, meanwhile, has now led New Orleans to four consecutive postseason appearances, but the Saints have failed to win more than one playoff game in each of those campaigns.
The Saints won both matchups with the Buccaneers during the regular season by a combined score of 72-26.