"A lot of people have asked me what it felt like going up against the 'GOAT, ' Tom Brady". Being a game manager doesn't work in the playoffs, especially not against a team with Brady.
Laying out from the four-yard line, keeping the ball secure and managing to break the plane with numerous Bucs defenders in hot pursuit is a spectacular achievement for any skill player, much less an unheralded quarterback such as Heinicke. "He got hurt last week". "We're going up against a division victor and a team that's very talented".
Another reason for Brady's strong showing was the Buccaneers' offensive line.
The adage is true, and you'll hear it a lot in college basketball from coaches when they swept an opponent in the regular season and faced them one more time in the conference tournament. It's a great front.
The defense is aggressive and anchored by rookie Chase Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Washington's success on those plays was limited as they averaged just 4.69 yards on plays featuring motion.
Washington defense good, but not enough to stop GOAT
While the Buccaneers offense put up 31 points and had 507 total yards, there's still some room for them to improve.
After a quarter-century, the Bills got one of those triumphs that Brady collects - and they even figured out how to stop a Hail Mary. It was apparently a revenge thing, but if you need some sort of artificial motivation to get cranked up for a playoff game, well ...
Here we examine the matchup and the numbers to assess how Washington can pull off a huge upset. "We're still here", Brady said as music began to play in the background. "I think just not scoring enough in the red area is probably the thing that bothers us".
J.D. McKissic capped a 10-play drive by bolting up the middle for a 2-yard score, but Tampa Bay responded in short order. They take care of the ball and are actually able to move the ball through the air on offense.
While there was no fairytale result for the underdog in the end, Heinicke emerged as the headline story from the opening day of the postseason. That's the boy. We've got faith in him. It's becoming what the Green Bay Packers were to them, and later, the Philadelphia Eagles - two nemeses that thwarted their Super Bowl journeys before the Bucs finally clinched a Super Bowl in the 2002 season. Before Sunday night, Reaves' career high for tackles in a game was six. But if you know the Bucs, and their recent track record against this Saints team, you know it's probably the last team they should want to be facing.
The second-seeded New Orleans Saints will host the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the finale of next weekend's divisional-round matchups on Sunday afternoon. Wilson connected with Metcalf on a pair of TDs: 51 yards in the first half off a broken play, and a 12-yard TD with 2:28 left to make the score more respectable. "I'm just looking forward to the off-season and hopefully I can sign my name to stay here."KERRIGAN'S LAST STANDThe organization's longest-tenured player, Ryan Kerrigan, spent a few extra minutes outside at FedEx Field on Saturday night soaking in the aftermath of what's likely his final game in burgundy and gold". If we don't play well next week, we're not going to be happy.
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