Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera admits Tom Brady is “hot” though insists his side will show up on Saturday.
The two meet in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs with Washington into the post-season by winning the NFC East.
They ended the regular season with a losing record and take on a Tampa Bay Buccaneers that have been rejuvenated following the arrival of Brady.
The six-time Super Bowl champion threw for 40 touchdowns this season, the second-most of his long career.
And Rivera knows Washington face a tough task to stop the three-time NFL MVP when they meet on Saturday.
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When asked about facing Brady, Rivera said: “I’ll say that with a straight face — it’s another opponent [laughs].
“No, it’s Tom Brady. Let’s be realistic about who we’re playing. The dude is having another phenomenal year again.
“He’s been hot. Maybe we’ll get lucky and catch him down. But right now, he’s playing really good football. We’ll see.
“I promise you though, we’re going to show up on Saturday night.
“The old saying goes: ‘All you need is a chance.’ That’s what we have is a chance.
“It’s interesting because there’s been a lot of upset victories throughout time. No bigger or greater upset or victory than David or Goliath. So, who knows? That’s why we’ll show up on Saturday night.”
And Brady knows he can’t take the foot off the gas as he prepares for his first post-season away from the New England Patriots.
The quarterback said: "I think we're going up against one of the biggest challenges we've faced all year – a team that's got five first-round picks on the D-Line. Just a real tremendous group.
“They put pressure on the quarterback almost every play, so we've got to step up to that challenge. Hopefully we're ready to meet it.
“It's going to be a big test for us, but I certainly love going to battle with those guys up front."