PHOTO: Tom Brady Ready To Square Off With Phillip Rivers

Robert Alvarez
January 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm ET

Following an extra week of rest and preparation, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can’t wait to face Phillip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Speaking on WEEI’s Mut and Callahan Morning show Monday, Brady had nothing but praise and admiration for the veteran quarterback.

“I don’t know him that well. I know a lot of guys that have played with him and they all say great things,” said Brady. “He’s a great leader, he’s a great passer of the football. He’s incredibly tough.”

However there was one moment that stuck out most about Rivers to Brady.

“I remember we played him in [2008],” Brady recalled. “I mean the guy played on a torn ACL, and we played in 10-degree weather and he was still firing dimes out there. This guy’s got all the confidence in the world, and it makes for a great matchup.”

Historically Rivers has had a tough go of it against Brady’s Patriots.

Brady holds a 7-0 advantage against Rivers lifetime along with a 2-0 record in the postseason. Rivers sole win against the New England Patriots came in 2008, but against Matt Cassel.

The head to head overall statistics also greatly contrast one another.

However in both playoff matchups against the Chargers, despite winning both, Brady has struggled in those games.

–58.3 completion percentage
–489 yards
–4 touchdown passes
–6 interceptions
–61.1 QB rating

Brady and his offense will have their work cut out for them against a Chargers defense led by the Pro Bowl duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

On Instagram Sunday night, Brady shared a photograph of the two meeting up following the 2011 season opener at Gillette Stadium.

“See you next Sunday in Foxboro! Lets have some fun!” Brady said in an accompanying caption.