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Tampa Bay clinched their first playoff berth since 2007 in dominating fashion on Saturday, handling the Detroit Lions with ease on their way to a 47-7 victory.

Carrying a 34-0 lead into the locker room for halftime, Tom Brady would play just two quarters as backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert took over under center for the entirety of the second half. Despite playing in just the first half, Brady finished the contest with 22 completions on 27 attempts for 348 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. On the Bucs’ first drive of the game, Brady found Rob Gronkowski for his first of two receiving touchdowns of the day and Tampa Bay wouldn’t look back. On the next drive Brady would move down the field on a 47-yard reception to Chris Godwin before throwing a strike to Mike Evans for a 27-yard touchdown. Leonard Fournette would find paydirt on a four-yard carry in the second quarter and Brady would add two more touchdown passes to Godwin and Antonio Brown before the end of the half. In the second half Tampa Bay would extend their lead with two touchdown passes from Gabbert, delivering both Evans and Gronkowski their second touchdowns of the contest as the Bucs’ lone points allowed would come on a punt returned for a touchdown from Detroit’s Jamal Agnew.

While Tampa Bay locked up their first playoff appearance in 13 seasons on Saturday, they also saw a number of franchise records fall. Brady entered the day with 32 passing touchdowns on the season, just one shy of the Bucs’ single-season record set by Jameis Winston in 2019. With four on the day, Brady eclipsed Winston’s mark of 33 last season and currently sits at 36 passing touchdowns with one game remaining against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17. In addition to Brady’s record, Evans’ two receiving touchdowns tied and eventually broke his own single-season receiving touchdown record that he set in 2014 and then matched in 2016. With 13 total non-passing touchdowns on the year, Evans also tied that franchise record that was set by running back James Wilder in 1984.

Entering the day with 779 receiving yards in 2020, Evans would need 221 yards in the Bucs’ last two games of the season to set an NFL record with 1,000 receiving yards in seven consecutive seasons to start a career, previously sharing the record of six such seasons with Randy Moss. Evans finished the game with 181 receiving yards on 10 receptions and will need just 40 yards against Atlanta in the Bucs’ season finale to hit the 1,000-yard mark.

The win on Saturday puts Tampa Bay at 10-5 on the season and, for the time being, pushes the Bucs ahead the Los Angeles Rams for the fifth seed in the NFC playoff picture.

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11 months ago

Congrats to Brady and Mike! Record setting day indeed. We needed this! Bucs r in the playoffs for the first time in years! That’s all we need, is just a chance. I’m sure nobody wants to pick the Bucs as an opponent in the first round of playoffs! Great day to be a Buc’s fan! Let’s do this! Happy Holidays to all!

11 months ago

CONGRATS TO OUR BUCS! Also to Mike and Tom! Let’s stay healthy to make some noise!

11 months ago

TB12 is the GOAT

11 months ago

Great win. They might as well have been playing a High School team. After they started scoring on every possession, I turned it off. This bodes well for the playoffs. Bucs have confidence and they should go deep into playoffs.

11 months ago

Happy Boxing Day all. Well, we’ve been waiting all season for this talented team to come together. Twas a wondrous sight to behold. My Christmas wish is that we play our best ball going forward and accomplish greatness. God Bless one and all & GO BUCS!!!!

11 months ago

Well games don’t get any easier than that do they? It’s great to be back in the playoffs. Crushing a team on the way in is even better! However, I hope the Falcons present more of a challenge to ensure the team is focused and ready to roll for the playoffs. Go Bucs and congratulations :-)

11 months ago

LETS GO!!!!!! I’m ready for sure! Great game by almost everyone. Tom showed them why he’s the GOAT! Mike only needs 40 yards for the NFL record! Super pumped!

11 months ago

Brady beating Jamie’s franchise TD record with 1/3 the INT’s and a 3-1 TD/INT ratio AND qualifying the Bucs for the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Tough day for the Jamie’s homers. I hope they get help.

Last edited 11 months ago by PatrioticChief
Reply to  PatrioticChief
11 months ago

And less than half as many sacks. Can’t forget that one. That’s for all the Brady haters that said that Brady would get killed behind this line lol. No, sorry, Tom knows how to read a defense and get rid of the ball. He doesn’t take sacks

11 months ago

Not overly impressed with the backup player in the 4th quarter, but a good win and taking Brady out before things got rough was a good idea.

11 months ago

It was great to be able to watch a game and know that you were going to win from the get-go.
Now on to the Falcons and let’s win this game and get a better playoff spot. At last! We’re in the playoffs! Go Bucs!

11 months ago

Veey nice Christmas gift indeed. This was a straight beat down. The bucs did exactly what they were supposed to do. That was pure precision from TB today. It was pitch and catch. All emenets rolling in perfect unison. Then once stafford went out, it was over. Defense held them to a shut out as far as im concerned. White looks much better on the blitz now. Hes picking his holes perfectly. Great to see big Mike almost get his yardage today. It waa clear they were goinf to feed the beast today. Godwin continuea to be amazing. That endzone… Read more »

Reply to  cgmaster27
11 months ago

It was a shutout by the Defense! Special teams gave up the seven!

11 months ago

Good win vs the hapless coachless Lions who never has a chance once Stafford was injured. Perfect time to shake the first quarter blues.

Congrats to Evans on a monster day!

Reply to  BigSombrero
11 months ago

Also, a huge congrats to our game-manager dink and dunk QB for breaking the franchise record for most passing TD’s and total TD’s in a single season.

Dropping deep dimes all over the place.

11 months ago

Woooooo let’s go!

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