American Football: Quarterback Tom Brady leads Bucs into the second playoff round

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Tom Brady wins the NFL playoffs. 31st time in his stellar career, first time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There may be a home game in Florida before the Super Bowl.

In the end everything was as (almost) always. After moving into the second round of the playoffs, NFL superstar Tom Brady ran across the football field with helmet in hand, accepted the opponent’s congratulations and was cheered for another record.

“Certainly a lot to improve, but great to have the win,” said Brady, his usual sober comment after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31:23 against the Washington Football Team. “If you could win 100-0, the end result would be the same.”

The evening was a bit strange, after all, it was Brady’s first success in the playoffs with his new team, the Buccaneers. They last won a playoff game in January 2003. And it was the first since leaving the New England Patriots, with whom he competed nine times for the Vince Lombardi Trophy
Super Bowl
played and won six times.

For the Patriots around Jakob Johnson from Stuttgart, the season is over, for the first time since 2008 they are not represented in the playoffs. Brady, on the other hand, continues to work on his own legend. The ESPN sports center immediately calculated on social networks that Brady is now the oldest quarterback at 43 years and 159 days to have thrown a touchdown pass in the playoffs. There was also no older winner in a playoff game. Brady now also has playoff successes against 17 different teams, he won a total of 31 wins in the most important part of the season. Joe Montana, second behind Brady, has 16.

With the 381 yards and two touchdown passes, the most successful quarterback in NFL history also demonstrated that he is still capable of his best. The season didn’t go smoothly, but with Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Antonio Brown as passers-by and the evidently ever-improving coordination, the Buccaneers are definitely good for a surprise – and the Super Bowl on February 7th is at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa .

Depending on the outcome of the encounters, the Buccaners will meet either the New Orleans Saints (opponent: Chicago Bears) or the Los Angeles Rams, who had prevailed 30:20 against the Seattle Seahawks in the second round. In a duel with the Rams, the Buccaneers would have home rights. Also in the next round are the Buffalo Bills, who beat the Indianapolis Colts 27:24 and took their first win in the playoffs in 25 years.

A total of 14 teams were qualified for the playoffs. The two top teams at the conferences – the Green Bay Packers with the German passport recipient Equanimeous St. Brown in the NFC and Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC – had no play on the first weekend.

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