February 26, 2021

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How hard is it to beat the same team three times in one season?

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

Since the NFL merged in 1970, there have been 21 instances where a division rival has swept a team in the regular season and then met that same team in the playoffs for the third showdown. Drum roll, please. And your answer is 14 out of 21 times – The sweeping team beat the other in the playoffs. So I guess it’s actually not very hard to whip a team three times in a season. We will still have the Brady factor in play, and he hasn’t lost three times to the same team in the same season ever. So let’s latch onto that and claim that truth. This is going to be one heck of a game. It will all be left on the field tonight. I’m sure of it! Go Bucs!!

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