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Tom Brady reaches historic NFL milestone that will be tough to beat

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As a 43-year old quarterback in his 21st season in the NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has already set all kinds of records in both the regular season and playoffs.

But after leading the Buccaneers to the NFC Championship Game in his first year with the team, Brady reached a milestone that may be hard to match and illustrates just how long he has been playing at a high level.

After helping Tampa Bay defeat the New Orleans Saints, 30-20, in the Divisional Round on Sunday, Brady became the first quarterback since the NFL merger to start a conference championship game in three different decades (2000s, 2010s, and 2020), per CBS Sports.

As a longtime quarterback for the New England Patriots, the six-time Super Bowl champion started in multiple AFC championship games under head coach Bill Belichick, with the Patriots winning three titles in the 2000s. Their success continued into the next decade, as New England continued to dominate the AFC, with Brady and Belichick winning another three Super Bowls in the 2010s.

Now, in his first year as a Buccaneer, Brady proved that he can still lead a team to a deep playoff run in a new decade. Against the Saints, he completed 18 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while adding a rushing touchdown to help Tampa Bay pick up a road postseason win.

The three-time NFL MVP has set multiple playoff records, but starting and playing in conference championship games in three different decades perfectly capture the longevity of dominance throughout his decades-long career.