Tampa Bay Finds a Way To Win, Washington Finds a Potential Quarterback

Look, it was just one game. It would be unfair to make any sort of long-term decision based off one game. With that being said, Taylor Heinicke earned the right to compete for Washington’s starting quarterback job in 2021.

The former St. Louis BattleHawk of the XFL put on a gutsy performance in a close loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. He made plays with his arm and his legs while battling through a shoulder injury.

On the night, Heinicke finished with 352 total yards (306 passing, 46 rushing) and two total touchdowns. He did have an interception as well, but the 27-year-old left it all out on a field that he wasn’t even supposed to be on.

Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen and Alex Smith all make sense to some degree. But before Saturday night, Heinicke didn’t .. but we sure understand now.

On the other side, Tampa Bay came out with a 31-23 victory to move on. And once again, Tom Brady showed us how it’s done. Despite being 43 years old, the six-time Super Bowl champ was effective. He threw for 381 yards and two scores while averaging 9.5 yards per attempt.

The weapons around Brady certainly did their part, but this is a Brady that the Buccaneers can win with. He impressed during the regular season — at least for the most part — but Playoff Brady is a different Brady.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.


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  1. Solid play by the Redskins. Maybe this momentum and a few outspoken players and fans can save the name. honestly, i can keep watching with no name and ‘voluntary’ redskins name chants and such, but despite that, the team has solid pieces now for a two – 3 year window.

    they need multiple competing QB’s that can play – survivor keeps the job.

  2. I was very impressed by Heinicke. The one pick he threw was a tipped pass, and he had Sims drop a beautiful 40 yard pass early that would have shifted momentum. The team around him didn’t play well, and He played great hurt on top of it all. This kid at least earned a invite back to compete.

    I need to say this. I love Alex Smith and pull for him, but a strained calf and soreness simply cannot keep you out of a playoff game like this. You’re not ready to come back yet if it does. He may need to consider hanging them up if calf soreness is now such a concern that they won’t even let him dress. I’m not sure Washington was being honest about the extent of his injury for him to miss this game. They said a mild calf strain and X-rays looked good. So if everything is fine why’s he in street clothes folks? It baffled me.

  3. I am a Giants fan and am scared of the WTFs. Rivera has that team playing with heart, you could see that they wanted that game way more than the Bucs and TB had TB ready to go.

    WTFs are putting it together right. Defense first, that front four is only going to get more brutal. Like most of the league they need O-line help but their TE is gonna be special. If that QB keeps his Kurt Warner story going, WTFs are going to be a force to reckon with.

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