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Despite a comeback attempt from Atlanta, the Bucs were able to hold on and defeat the Falcons 44-27, moving to 11-5 on the season as Tampa Bay now heads to their first playoff appearance since 2007. The victory comes as a bittersweet moment though, as the win was overshadowed by an injury to star wide receiver Mike Evans.

Entering the day Evans needed just 40 yards to become the first player in NFL history to total seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin a career, a record previously held by the legendary pass-catcher Randy Moss. Evans hit the mark  on a 20-yard reception from Tom Brady in the first quarter, but the celebration was short-lived in Raymond James Stadium. On the very next play following Evans’ historic moment, Brady fired for Evans in the end zone but the veteran receiver dropped the pass and remained on the ground holding his left leg. After what appeared to be a hyperextended knee, Evans was assisted off the field and left with a visible limp before being carted to the locker room and taken for an MRI to gauge any damage, and the extent of it.

Even with the injury to Evans, Tampa Bay put together yet another phenomenal offensive performance led by 388 passing yards and four touchdowns from Brady, 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns from Antonio Brown, 133 receiving yards and two touchdowns from Chris Godwin and 78 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground from Ronald Jones II. Brady’s four touchdowns on Sunday also extended his single-season franchise record to 40 total in 2020. Defensively the Bucs got to Matt Ryan for just one sack, but were able to collect two fumble recoveries from defensive backs Antoine Winfield Jr. and Sean Murphy-Bunting.

The win on Sunday ensures that Tampa Bay will sit as the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs but the Bucs won’t know exactly who their first-round opponent will be until after Sunday Night Football. As the fifth seed, the Bucs will play the winner of the NFC East. If Washington beats the Eagles on Sunday night then Tampa Bay will face the Washington Football team in the first round of the playoffs, but if Washington loses however, the Bucs will face the New York Giants.

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RW
RW
8 months ago

The GOAT

NaplesFan2.0
8 months ago

40 tds at 43! What a season! Good thing he threw for 10 more tds than Winston threw picks last year, or we wouldn’t be playing next week. Hoping Evans is OK, and on to the playoffs!

cgmaster27
8 months ago

My goodness this offense is clicking. So sad to see what happened to big mike. Just shit luck. Hopefully its just a hyper extension and hell be back in 2 weeks. Brady has been on fire. Elite qb play at all levels of the field. That AB pickup is looking better by the week as well. This defense worries me, but i do know we had a couple of starters out. No pressure on ryan is notna good thing but they stiffened up in the redzone. Good to see succop get back to his consistent kicks again as well. Way… Read more »

Dman
8 months ago

Congratulations to this team and the whole Bucs organization!

chefboho
8 months ago

What a season. Brady is on fire it doesn’t matter the defense. Hopefully it’s just a hyper extended knee for big mile. I would feel terrible if he doesn’t get to play on his first playoff season. So much for all those haters including some on here that thought Brady was washed up. Keep bringing the excuses and Tom will keep serving humble pie to all of you

gcolerick
8 months ago

For all of you naysayers on the Antonio Brown pickup…..what say you now? Let me say it for you…..Thank you My Licht!

matador
Reply to  gcolerick
8 months ago

Without Brady AB is not on this team give credit where credit is due.

gcolerick
Reply to  matador
8 months ago

Final decision lays at the feet of Licht. I gave credit where the credit was deserved. If the move didn’t work out you naysayers would be on Licht like white on rice. Can’t have it both ways.

RW
RW
Reply to  gcolerick
8 months ago

Ahhhhhhh………….. thanks to Brady. TB12 lobbied for him and Brown only came to play with Brady. Then Brady gives him room and board and gets him counseling help.

Dave
Reply to  gcolerick
8 months ago

Better you than me. I absolutely hated the AB move when it happened. Too many people were saying the common misconception. “Well what’s the worst that can happen”. Or “well if it doesn’t work out, we can just cut him”. Basically insinuating that 1 player can’t ruin team chemistry and or the locker room. Which is completely false. It absolutely can happen, and AB is the kind of guy that can do it in short order. But so far, he’s done exactly what he’s supposed to do, and he’s getting better and better every single week. He’s slowly starting to… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
gcolerick
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

Dave….Godwin is the quid essential receiver….he does it all and I agree with you. He does it better than any other wide receiver on our team.

bucballer
8 months ago

Wow! We r playoff bound! 11-5! Way to go Bucs! Here’s sending the healing vibes to Mike in hopes that it’s just a minor thing and he can play next week. Mike is tough! Let’s do this! It’s SuperBowl or bust! Bucs will be the first SuperBowl team to play in their home stadium! Congrats! Brady with 40 TDs! Wow! Says he wants to play for two more years… if anyone can the GOAT can!

PatrioticChief
8 months ago

And this is why Licht gambling on AB was a no freaking duh move. Said it when it happened you’d have to be an idiot to be against signing him for football reasons.

RW
RW
Reply to  PatrioticChief
8 months ago

As I mentioned above Brady is responsible for AB coming to Tampa ; no one else.

gcolerick
Reply to  RW
8 months ago

You are wrong RW…..Licht has final say and takes the heat if it goes wrong.

PatrioticChief
8 months ago

Really sucks Mike went out. Praying for his health. Worth pointing out that the Bucs got stopped on essentially one drive the entire game that was legitimate. Dropped touchdown by Mike, overthrow by Brady and then a slip by Brate on what would be a sure touchdown leads to another FG. Then Scotty drops the ball for an INT. The Atlanta defense isn’t good but they caused hell for Mahomes and Bucs essentially end every drive with a touchdown were it not for a failure of execution

RW
RW
Reply to  PatrioticChief
8 months ago

The Bucs could have scored 60 today. Even with a couple of near misses in the end zone and 2 brain farts( Fournette not going out of bounds and Miller’s volleyball play.) the Bucs still managed 44 points and almost 500 yards.

geno711
8 months ago

Where is Big S?
One site rates the Bucs strength of schedule at 3rd toughest.
Right now our net points of 137 is best in the NFC.
Pretty great season that can be even better!

matador
8 months ago

Brady Brady Brady!!! He is the reason we’re going to the playoffs. I don’t want to hear a peep out of Big AssHat. Defense needs to suck it up it’s not fair to ask Brady to put 34-40 on the board every game.
Thank goodness we brought his buddy AB on board, he’s finding his groove at just the right time.

awwdembucs
Reply to  matador
8 months ago

Ass hat is quite hmm

Dave
Reply to  matador
8 months ago

Well we probably won’t hear from him this week. His against the spread/money line pick failed miserably. Falcons +7/+235. Survey says….wrong! Brady in 2020 is a guarantee to throw 20+ picks. Survey says…wrong! 4630 yds 43 total TD’s vs 13 total TO’s, 66%, 7.6 YPA, 21 sacks, and a 103 QB Rating. Ho hum. Just another MVP caliber season from the goat. The 43 year old goat, on a new team, in a new system for the first time in his 20 year career. During a season where he had no OTA’s, a shortened training camp, and ZERO preseason games… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
Thunderman
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

He’s hanging out with BucAssBob probably.

Spitfire
8 months ago

What a Beautiful game (despite Evans injury). This is exactly what we have needed to do all year, come out firing and never let up. The Falcons are no pushover and just like us the last few seasons, totally capable of winning but can’t get out of their own way and can’t quite hang in there. We are catching fire at exactly the right time. Brown filled in nicely for Evans and as long as we can get Davis, McClendon and Barrett back for next week and White back the next we should be firing on all cylinders. Best season… Read more »

Dave
8 months ago

Ho hum Brady, ho hum. Just another day at the office. Damn Miller on that pick though. Would have been perfect if not for that. Last 10 quarters for Brady: 1067 yds 10 TD’s 1 int, 73% completion percentage, and a 138 QB Rating. And through the final 5 weeks of the season, Brady ranked 1st in yards and TD passes on deep throws. Not bad for a 43 year old washed up dink and dunk statue. He’s been carrying this team for weeks. Defense continues to look lost, but Brady is there to bail them out, week after week

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
BucHarbour
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

No doubt. Carrying the load is something he excels at. And he’s clearly hitting his stride in this offense. Pretty scary to think what this offense might look like next year. Defense needs to stop playing scared at the corner position. How many times did they take advantage of Dean playing 8-10 yards off the line of scrimmage? Receiver just runs forward a few yards, stops, and makes the easy pitch and catch, and is already close to the 1st down marker. Dean, and all of our corners, need to be within 5 yards of the receiver at the snap… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by BucHarbour
Dave
Reply to  BucHarbour
8 months ago

Yeah dude you’re 100% right. Unfortunately, I completely give up on this defense. This is what they are, and this is who Bowles is. He just flat out will not play tight coverage. He just continues to play 10 yards off. Did it all last year too. If we’re going to win in the playoffs, it’s going to have to be the Brady show. Because this defense just isn’t good enough to win games. We’ll have to win 34-31. A ton of pressure to put on Brady. But if anyone can handle it, it’s him.

surferdudes
8 months ago

Well if there had to be an interception, it’s better by fluke instead of stupidity. No offence fans of another ex Buc Q.B..

Dave
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

So Brady threw all of 12 picks this season. Out of those 12, 7 of them were either bobbled, or because the pass catcher ran the wrong route. If this wasn’t Brady’s first season with the Bucs, and Bucs pass catchers first season with Brady, this would have been a 47 TD/5-7 INT season. Brady was really only responsible for 5 INT’s. And I counted at least 7 TD’s this season that Brady just missed because the timing was a hair off. Passes he didn’t miss in NE with the chemistry he had with the pass catchers. Make no mistake,… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
pinkstob
8 months ago

A dominant performance by the Bucs on a game we really needed. Being 11-5 is a great record and something to be proud of this year. The game ball should be split between AB and Godwin. It’s a shame the increase in production came at the expense of Evans. I hope he’s okay but that looked like a bad injury.

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