Tom Brady Explains Similarities He Shares With Philip Rivers

Tom Brady will look to maintain his perfect record against Philip Rivers (7-0), when the New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round playoff game.

That includes a pair of postseason victories over the greatest player in Chargers history - the 2006 AFC Divisional Round and the 2007 AFC Championship Game. Now, Brady and the Patriots will look to end Rivers and the Chargers' season for a third tie.

As the Patriots and Chargers prepare for Sunday's big game, Brady took some time to explain some of the similarities he shares with the future fellow Hall of Famer.

"He's kind of like me," Brady said, according to the Chargers' team website. "He wants the ball out of his hands. He kind of wants to be able to anticipate coverages. He's got really a great group of skill players - backs, tight ends, receivers. They're playing as well as any offense that's played all season."

Rivers finished the season with 4,308 passing yards and 32 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, in what was arguably the best season of his career. The Chargers finished with a 12-4 record, their best since going 13-3 in the 2009 season.

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The 37-year-old Rivers is running out of time to win a Super Bowl championship, however, whereas Brady already has five. Surely, Rivers' legacy is at stake far more than TB12 as Sunday draws closer.

Of the seven meetings Rivers has lost to the Patriots, four of them have taken place in Foxborough. The last meeting took place in Week 8 of the 2017 season, where the Patriots escaped with a sloppy 21-13 victory. Rivers and the Chargers just couldn't get the ball moving against that stout defense, despite an excellent performance from the defense.

Sunday could mark the final bout between Brady and Rivers. It's all on the shoulders of No. 7 to lead his team to a victory over their Kryptonite once and for all.

What This Means

Rivers and Brady have been among the most dominant and consistent quarterbacks to ever play the game, but what separates them is the championships and accomplishments. Rivers has a chance to change that this postseason, but he must find a way to get past the Patriots once and for all.


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