The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the NFC East champions Washington in Saturday’s Wild Card title game at FedEx Field. The Buccaneers captured fifth place in the NFC after finishing the regular season with a record of 11-5. Despite a 7-9 defeat, the Washington football team won the East after a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the season finale. While quarterback Tom Brady has 41 playoff games under his belt, many of his young teammates have no postseason experience since the Buccaneers last played in the playoffs in 2007. In addition to Brady, players with playoff experience include Rob Gronkowski (16 games), receiver Antonio Brown (10 games), fullback Ndamukong Suh (6 games) and fullback Jason Pierre-Paul (4 games), according to Pro Football Reference.
Before the clash with the Socceroos, the 43-year-old Brady posted a strong message on his Instagram account. During practice, the veteran quarterback shared a photo of his offensive line in caucus and accompanied it with the caption We didn’t come this far to get this far. Brady’s post received several responses, but the most notable was the reaction of his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who said Let’s Go! with a smiling, fiery face.
Brady is confident in hisoffensive line.
The Pirates are eight-point clear favorites against Washington, but Brady said in a previous interview with the Footballguys that they have a tough task against this team, especially their defensive unit. Although he will be challenged by Washington’s defensive unit led by rookie Chase Young, who has already called on Brady, the veteran quarterback is confident he will be well protected by his offensive line, according to a report by Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com.
Brady’s blockers, consisting of left back Donovan Smith, left back Ali Marpet, center back Ryan Jensen, right back Alex Kapp and rookie right back Tristan Wirths, allowed just 21 sacks and placed them third in the National Football League. Defensively through his offensive line, Brady has thrown 12 touchdown passes and just one interception in his last four games.
Brady-Gronk connection in headlights
During his 21-year career in the NFL, Brady has set several records in both the regular season and the playoffs. Brady has a chance to re-enter Saturday, but with Gronkowski’s help he could get another hit. According to John Breach of CBS Sports, if Brady and Gronkowski make a touchdown pass, they will break the record for most touchdowns by a pair in the postseason.
Brady and Gronkowski currently have 12 touchdown passes combined in the postseason, tying them with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice for the all-time record. Brady and Gronkowski played nine years with the Patriots and won three Super Bowl rings. Gronkowski retired this offseason and joined Brady in Tampa.
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