Brady completed 18 of 33 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday. He also rushed five times for two yards and another score and fumbled once but recovered. Leading an impressive balanced attack against a stingy all-round defense, Brady managed to stay away from any turnovers and managed the limited presence of Antonio Brown to help the Buccaneers notch the tough road win. Brady was able to turn in serviceable numbers despite top targets Chris Godwin and Mike Evans combining for just five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown (Evans), with the future Hall of Famer improvising by heavily relying on Cameron Brate and Leonard Fournette (nine combined catches). Fournette and Ronald Jones also helped keep New Orleans' defense honest, and Brady himself was able to notch the game-sealing score with a one-yard sneak with just under five minutes remaining. Consequently, Tampa Bay is set for a conference-championship showdown against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Brady completed 22 of 40 passes for 381 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 31-23 wild-card win over Washington on Saturday night. The veteran of so many postseasons in New England unsurprisingly looked right in his element Saturday, showing good command against a tough Washington defense and remaining aggressive throughout. Brady recorded at least one pass of over 20 yards to five different pass catchers, and he worked around some uncharacteristic drops on the part of Chris Godwin to still pile up an impressive yardage total on just 22 completions. Dating back to Week 10 of the regular season, Brady has now eclipsed 340 passing yards in six of his last eight games while also throwing multiple touchdown passes in all eight contests in that sample. The future Hall of Famer will look to put together another impressive performance in a divisional-round contest next weekend.
Brady completed 26 of 41 passes for 399 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also gained three yards on five rushes. Despite losing Mike Evans to what might be a serious knee injury in the first quarter, Brady was undeterred, pivoting frequently to Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown for yet another spectacular statistical haul. The future Hall of Famer ultimately racked up a season-high yardage total, eclipsing the 300-yard mark for the fourth time in the last five games. His rapport with Brown -- who hauled in 11 of 14 targets for 138 yards and half of Brady's four touchdowns -- was especially encouraging, considering the elevated role the former Steeler star could be in line for in the postseason. Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports Evans will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury, but as Brady demonstrated Sunday, he's capable of compiling stellar numbers with his remaining healthy pass-catching weapons.
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.
Brady completed 22 of 27 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday. He was replaced by Blaine Gabbert to start the second half. The dominance of Brady and his offensive teammates was such that the future Hall of Famer's presence was only required for one record-setting half. Brady's passing yards were the most of any first half in his career and spearheaded a new Buccaneers team record of 410 total first-half yards as well. Additionally, the 43-year-old became the only other quarterback besides Baker Mayfield with four scoring tosses in a half this season, and his 36 touchdown passes on the campaign equal his best figure in that category since 2011. Brady notably spread the wealth as well, with his end-zone connections occurring with the quartet of Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown. With a postseason berth now officially in hand, Brady will look to tune up for what he and the Bucs hope will be a deep playoff run in a Week 17 home divisional battle against the Falcons.
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