Tom Brady couldn’t have requested for a substantially much better very first playoff sport absent from the Patriots.
The now-Buccaneers quarterback accomplished 22 of 40 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 31-23 get in excess of the Washington Football Group on Saturday. The 381 passing yards have been the most yards he’s thrown in a playoff recreation due to the fact the 505 yards he threw in the Patriots’ reduction to the Eagles in Tremendous Bowl LII.
A major reason for Brady’s significant recreation was Mike Evans. The star wideout’s position to enjoy on Saturday was in issue all 7 days after he hyperextended his knee on Sunday. Evans acquired the go-ahead to play and finished up with 6 receptions for a video game-high 119 yards.
Brady praised his star receiver immediately after the activity.
“Mike performed his butt off,” Brady informed reporters adhering to Saturday’s gain. “He received hurt very last 7 days. We weren’t positive no matter whether he was likely to go or not. He just did an extraordinary occupation fighting by it and manufactured a bunch of large plays when we desired it.”
A further cause for Brady’s robust demonstrating was the Buccaneers’ offensive line. Washington recorded the sixth-most sacks in the league this season, but it sacked Brady a few situations on 43 dropbacks, with the third 1 not coming until finally the Buccaneers’ remaining generate prior to they knelt the clock out.
“They did a good task,” Brady reported of his offensive line. “Those guys played their butts off. Tristan (Wirfs) did a excellent occupation. Donnie (Smith) had a helluva match. It is a great entrance. Just a large, intense protection. They played properly. They played tough. Just a terrific exam for us.”
Even though the Buccaneers offense put up 31 factors and experienced 507 complete yards, there is nevertheless some space for them to make improvements to. In their 5 purple zone drives, the Bucs only arrived at the stop zone once. Brady could not support but lament on details they remaining on the board.
“It was a rough, difficult-nosed video game,” Brady mentioned. “Washington experienced a lot of fight in them. We had options to pull absent and just could not fairly do it. We didn’t rating plenty of factors in the pink location. So, undoubtedly a good deal to enhance on.”
“We strike some big performs, strike some chunks,” Brady later explained. “I assume just not scoring sufficient in the crimson area is in all probability the point that bothers us. The skipped 2-position participate in. We experienced other possibilities to score and just could not pretty choose edge. We moved the ball Ok. I consider we had first rate yardage. But at the stop of the working day, it comes down to details. We’ve received to do a better work scoring extra points. We’ll work on that upcoming 7 days.”
With the Rams defeating the Seahawks on Saturday, the Buccaneers get to prevent dealing with the NFC’s leading-seeded Packers in the Divisional Spherical. Their opponent for upcoming 7 days will be identified in Sunday’s Bears-Saints match. If the Saints win, Brady and the Bucs will journey to New Orleans to encounter a Saints staff that dominated them twice this year. If the Bears upset the Saints, the Buccaneers will get to host the Rams, who defeated the Buccaneers in a limited sport previously this calendar year.
While Brady naturally cares about how he and the Bucs play, the factor he continue to cares the most about is the game’s final final result as he proceeds to chase record and his seventh Super Bowl ring.
“Well, you could acquire 100- and it is going to be the exact same final result in the close,” Brady said. “You’d adore to perform excellent each activity. I think it’s very good to acquire and advance. If we do not participate in effectively next 7 days, we’re not heading to be joyful. So, glad we gained. Happy we have a further week of operate. We’re likely to go in there and attempt to do a a lot improved work this 7 days. We’ll get ready for whoever or opponent is likely to be. It’s likely to be a fantastic a person. We’re going to have to go perform fantastic soccer.”
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