Bucs secure fifth seed as Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin star in 44-27 win

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The Buccaneers hope Mike Evans can return for the postseason, but if he can’t, they still have plenty of weapons. They proved that after Evans left late in the first quarter with a left knee injury.

Chris Godwin caught five passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and Antonio Brown had his best game with his new team, with 11 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

The Buccaneers clinched the fifth seed in the NFC, beating the Falcons 44-27 in a game that was a three-point game with 8:19 remaining. Tampa Bay (11-5) will open the playoffs at the NFC East winner.

The Falcons finish 4-12 and can move on with finding a new General Manager and likely a new head coach. Interim coach Raheem Morris has interviewed for the job.

Tom Brady threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns, completing 26 of 41 passes. His interception was a dropped ball by Scotty Miller that bounced into the air.

Godwin and Brown both had touchdowns after the Falcons closed to within a field goal, putting it away for the Bucs.

Matt Ryan went 29-of-44 for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

29 responses to “Bucs secure fifth seed as Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin star in 44-27 win

  1. 4 touchdowns and 399 yards from Tom the system guy Brady!! That’s some system he plays in isn’t it haters? Wow…. The greatest of all time… Bar None… It’s O V E R… Case Closed… Another 4 touchdowns so I guess Brees is going to have to come back next year, because Tom is running away with the touchdown record

  2. Scary team if they get going. A Jekyll & Hyde. Going to be interesting if the defense can play like it did early in the season. But I wouldn’t want to face that offense.

  3. And once again the Brady crybabies were WRONG…
    “He won’t make it the season”. WRONG
    “ He can’t throw downfield “ WRONG
    “ he washed up” WRONG
    “ he will throw a lot of picks” WRONG
    “ 7-9 won’t make the play” WRONG
    “ Father Time” WRONG

    OVER 4000 yards 40 TDs 12 into.
    Is GREAT if you’re 43 , 33 or 23.

    But the Brady crybabies will do what they have been doing for 20 years.
    Make excuses as to why he’s great.

    GOAT

  4. Don’t point out the numbers that Brady has to the haters, because the stats get in the way of their hate, and the only numbers that really matter are these:

    HE’S BEEN TO 9 SUPERBOWLS AND WON 6

    CASE CLOSED…G O A T

  5. Even if Brady is here for just 2 seasons it was definitely worth letting Winston walk for this. Winston eats Ws while Brady earns them.

  6. Well the Bucs got where they wanted to be. Now let’s see if they can cash in I still think this isn’t a Super Bowl team but hey stranger things have happened. Plus, Tommy Boy got 40 TDs for the first time since 2007.

  7. Can you believe you are still reading about Antonio Brown in the NFL?
    Amazing what talent and money can do for criminals.

  8. I think people wouldn’t hate Tom as much if his glitter girls didn’t come out in full force after every win. Same crew falls silent when he pitches a stinker.

  9. Didn’t know this game was happening, busy watching the GOAT against the Bears right now.

  10. flash1224 says:
    January 3, 2021 at 4:21 pm
    And once again the Brady crybabies were WRONG…
    “He won’t make it the season”. WRONG
    “ He can’t throw downfield “ WRONG
    “ he washed up” WRONG
    “ he will throw a lot of picks” WRONG
    “ 7-9 won’t make the play” WRONG
    “ Father Time” WRONG

    OVER 4000 yards 40 TDs 12 into.
    Is GREAT if you’re 43 , 33 or 23.

    But the Brady crybabies will do what they have been doing for 20 years.
    Make excuses as to why he’s great.

    GOAT

    79 10 Rate This

    True, but you guys were sure wrong about that chess player Bill Belichick:)

  11. hobbescalvin says:
    January 3, 2021 at 4:39 pm
    Didn’t know this game was happening, busy watching the GOAT against the Bears right now.
    ———-
    I take it you re-watching an older Brady vs. Bears game?

  12. Such a strange team. Can look unbeatable or a mess on a given day. They can beat anyone, but will they?

  13. Great win by the bucs and Brady what can you say, my only issue is the minute I say this next week they will choke. I just can’t tell 100% what buccaneers or Brady show up. Like gronk would like to say “Dude!! I needed dat”

  14. And Brady should have had at least 2 more TDs. One on Evans’ drop when he git hurt, and the other one when Brate tripped in the end zone. And a few more last weekvs Lions if he’d stayed in the game.

    Signing AB looks nester than ever after Evans’ injury.

  15. True, but you guys were sure wrong about that chess player Bill Belichick:)

    No , Bill is still the Best coach in football.
    But I’ve said before it doesn’t matter how great the coach is on any sport you still need the players.

    Now Bill the GM , that’s a different argument. More like he’s playing “Go Fish”

  16. looks like we brady haters are going to have to keep crying for a couple more YEARS :'(

  17. It’s the secondary that makes me want to puke. It’s great that the offense is clicking, but what’s the point when the defensive backs are allowing 20 to 30-yard pass plays? They could really use a J.C. Jackson or Stephon Gilmore right now. Not to mention, I hope Evans is ok.

  18. I don’t like the sentiments that oh Belichek isn’t that great or isn’t the chess player we thought he was. I’m sorry but anyone that can take a team QB’ed by Matt Cassel and finish 11-5 is a great coach. Tom Brady just showed he is a great QB and not just a system QB. Can we just acknowledge that Brady and Belichek were both great at their occupations and together they had an all time great run? I doubt either would have been as successful without the other.

    Belichek’s biggest flaw is that he was just an average to above average GM and this flaw was hidden by his top coaching and Tom Brady’s on field play. I don’t know if this was just arrogance in that he thought he could just coach up anyone, if it was just an inability to accurately evaluate talent (I don’t know how Pittsburgh seems to consistently find good to great receivers in late rounds and Belichek can’t find one), or if it were a combination of both.

  19. No , Bill is still the Best coach in football.

    —————————

    The following are the results and reasons, from results to reasons. Reverse the list., then replace ‘Belichick’ by ‘his coach’.
    #1, Belichick became a genius who created a magical system and culture.
    #2 A, players are willing to follow the instructions and disciplines by coaches.
    #2 B, players are willing to take less money to play for Pats.
    #3, Pats had good chance winning SB, at least making to AFCCG.
    #4, Belichick could spend a lot on PAPER TIGER defense every year. (meaning, can’t carry the load in playoff).
    #5, Belichick didn’t have to pay lot on the offense that played better than Peyton, Rodgers, and Brees in playoff.
    #6, Brady could turn cheap receivers into play makers, especially in playoff.

  20. anyone that can take a team QB’ed by Matt Cassel and finish 11-5 is a great coach.

    ————————–

    Matt Cassel took Chiefs to playoff, without Randy Moss.

    The schedule in 2008 is as easy as that in the first half of 2019.

    Are you claiming Brady had a good season in 2019 and Belichick is an idiot to let him go?

  21. William Lee says:

    Are you claiming Brady had a good season in 2019 and Belichick is an idiot to let him go?
    ——————————————————————————————-
    That is PRECISELY what I am “claiming”.

    Belichick was pissed that Brady didn’t suck when he thought he would, and screwed up Belichick’s “succession” plan. Brady did better in 2019 with the same basic team that Cam Newton won 7 games with. Belichick wouldn’t give him the contract, so Brady left.

    He’s proving this season that he STILL doesn’t suck, while Bill Belichick is wondering why he couldn’t win with Cam Newton.

    So yeah, despite the past twenty seasons, I’m calling 2020 Bill Belichick an “idiot” for letting Brady go.

  22. He’s proving this season that he STILL doesn’t suck,

    ————————–

    Well #26 offense.

    With Brady, Pats offense was always top 10, except #12 in 2003. DO YOU EVEN KNOW IT?

    You bet SUPER CHEAP Belichick can turn offense around? OK, enjoy as long as you can.

  23. , I’m calling 2020 Bill Belichick an “idiot” for letting Brady go.

    —————————

    BTW, ever ask why those “easy” passes or “easy” routes were gone in 2020?

    Did James White forget how to get “wide open”?

    You know that tons of money and rescourse have to be invested in offense, let us see how the “genius” manages now.

  24. Imagine if the AFC East had one good team in the division besides the Pats. Instead of 6 freebies for 20 years, it might have looked like the NFC South. New Orleans took the division and the uber talented Bucs with Brady could only feast on the sub .500 teams. They’ll probably get one game in the post-season, then the Saints will get the three-peat vs Tampa.

  25. campcouch says:
    January 3, 2021 at 7:52 pm
    Imagine if the AFC East had one good team in the division besides the Pats. Instead of 6 freebies for 20 years, it might have looked like the NFC South. New Orleans took the division and the uber talented Bucs with Brady could only feast on the sub .500 teams. They’ll probably get one game in the post-season, then the Saints will get the three-peat vs Tampa


    the problem with this LAME tired excuse making argument is the Patriots went 6-0 ONE time in the division since 2001. There average record was 4-2. So not sure where the “6 freebies “ came from.

    Just another lame Patriots/ Brady crybaby excuse

  26. “Imagine if the AFC East had one good team in the division besides the Pats. Instead of 6 freebies for 20 years, it might have looked like the NFC South”

    ——

    ALWAYS posted by someone who wasn’t a fan or never watched these AFC East games.

    There were never 6 “freebies”. Yes, the Pats dominated for the most part and never lost 2 in any season to the Dolphins, Bills, or Jets. However, there was almost never a sweep. Most of these games were hard-fought battles (as any division games are in the NFL) and that’s accounting for the fact that the 2000-2020 Patriots were the greatest dynasty of all time. If anyone bothered to look at the record, they’d see that. Mostly, the Patriots smoked the NFC teams they faced—they usually bashed those teams with more impunity than their division counterparts.

    This statement remains the laziest of all the excuse-making bozo comments that wish to denounce how great the Pats were over the last generation.

  27. jrterrier5 says:
    January 3, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    And Brady should have had at least 2 more TDs. One on Evans’ drop when he got hurt, and the other one when Brate tripped in the end zone. And a few more last week vs Lions if he’d stayed in the game.

    Signing AB looks better than ever after Evans’ injury.


    Sorry for the typos. corrected

  28. There were only TWO seasons the Patriots had a 6-0 against division teams in 2007 and 2012 in the Belichick/Brady era. So, no, they did NOT get 6 free wins every year like some would suggest.

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