NFL playoffs 2019: Jared Goff vs. Drew Brees

NFL playoffs 2019: Jared Goff vs. Drew Brees

Similar to the AFC, Sunday’s NFC championship game will pit a young gun against a savvy veteran under center.

Rams third-year quarterback Jared Goff takes his squad to New Orleans with the hope of defeating Saints quarterback Drew Brees after the 40-year-old helped his team secure the top seed in the playoffs and best odds to win the Super Bowl.

Brees and the 24-year-old Goff have an age gap of nearly 16 years, which is the third largest between two quarterbacks in postseason history. While much of Goff’s history remains unwritten, Brees has sealed his status as a Hall of Famer.

Here, we break down their season to this point and what to expect from Sunday’s showdown.

How they stack up this season

Regular season

Quarterback Completion percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Rating
Jared Goff 64.9 4,688 32 12 101.1
Drew Brees 74.4 3,992 32 5 115.7

Postseason divisional round

Quarterback Completion percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Rating
Jared Goff vs. Cowboys 53.6 186 0 0 74.4
Drew Brees vs. Eagles 73.7 301 2 1 103.1

Beyond the numbers

While Goff’s offense seemed to sputter toward the end of the season, Brees’ only got better, and it could be argued that his supporting cast gave him the edge.

Yet, the Saints could be slowed by the Rams’ dominating defensive front led by NFL Defensive Player of The Year favorite Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers.

Getting Goff going

Though Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes stole the show under center during the regular season, Goff was still in the mix for MVP along with Brees, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers. However, Goff’s performance cooled off down the stretch before igniting once again in the final two weeks before the postseason began. He then put on a lackuster performance at Dallas in the divisional round, leaving his consistency in question entering a crucial rematch in New Orleans.

Los Angeles was the league’s lone undefeated team when it visited the Saints in Week 9 but left with a 45-35 loss after a lopsided outing. That outcome was in line with Goff’s overall struggles on the road this season, as he has thrown for 10 touchdowns with nine inteceptions and a 82.7 passer rating away from the Coliseum.

Breesing on through

Brees has been in top form this season, playing as well as ever in his 18th year in the league. While the regular season marked the first time since 2005 that he did not throw for more than 4,000 yards, he achieved three notable milestones through the first 10 weeks of action in becoming the NFL’s all-time passing leader while also reaching the second-most passing touchdowns and most career completions.

Furthermore, Brees is an even bigger threat in front of a home crowd as he posted a 133.3 passer rating at the Superdome in the regular season.

Brees’ experience gives the Saints an advantage at the game’s most important position in most matchups, and Sunday is no exception.