The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Clinch First Playoff Birth Since 2007

For the first time in 13 years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playoff bound after annihilating the Detroit Lions 47-7. Now, Tom Brady enters the playoffs for the chance at a Super Bowl victory without Bill Belichick. Can’t say for sure that’s on Brady’s mind right now, but it should be.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that out in the middle of the third quarter. That’s how bad the Detroit Lions played today without quarterback Matthew Stafford.

When Tom Brady decided to replace LASIK Jameis Winston, most NFL experts predicted that the Buccaneers would be a juggernaut. The season didn’t go as planned, yet it still ended in a success. Making the playoffs and getting Tom Brady an opportunity for a seventh championship is all they could ask for.

Brady threw four touchdowns in his two and a half quarters of work to go along with 348 yards. He wrecked Detroit’s defense, for whatever that’s worth, then let backup QB Blaine Gabbert sling it around in garbage time.

Picture perfect end to the season.

Also feel kind of bad about this, but Tom Brady just set the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ franchise record for most TD’s in a season (34).

How flattering could it be for a first-year starter with your squad to break your franchise record for passing touchdowns?

Might want to defend the tight ends

If you’re going to stop Tom Brady, it sounds like a solid plan to key on the tight ends. Future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski looked like he stepped in a time machine with two TD’s. Frankly, they made it look easy.

This game looked much like the Bucs’ second half in last week’s contest with the Falcons. Tons of throwing and clear as day that Bruce Arians and Brady found their identity: Throw early and often.

Still a game off of first place behind the New Orleans Saints, but they play the Falcons again next week, so that helps. Congratulations to the Buccaneers on punching their ticket to the playoffs. The road to a home Super Bowl is still alive.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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