Brady is expected to start Sunday against the Falcons, despite the Buccaneers having already clinched a postseason spot, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Though the Buccaneers have locked up a postseason berth, playoff positioning is still at stake, so Brady will be back under center for the regular-season finale. A loss Week 17 would bump the Bucs down to the No. 6 seed in the NFC, which would require the team to play a road game in Green Bay, New Orleans or Seattle in the wild-card round, pending the results of Sunday's action. Conversely, a win would secure the No. 5 seed for the Bucs, who would visit the NFC East winner (Dallas, Washington or New York), all teams that will finish with sub-.500 records. Auman noted that even if Brady starts, the 43-year-old won't be a lock to play the full game, especially if the result is firmly in hand during the second half.

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