The 43-12 months-outdated quarterback threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the to start with 50 % Saturday as the Bucs improved to 10-5 to seal 1 of the three NFC wildcard spots.
Brady, who joined the Bucs this year just after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl crowns with the New England Patriots, could afford to pay for to sit out the next 50 percent with his group experiencing a 34- gain.
“We performed really superior in the to start with 50 %,” Brady mentioned. “Great execution. Guys have been building plays for me all over the subject. It was just a great effort by the whole workforce.”
Brady set a document for the most passing touchdowns (34) in a season in Bucs historical past during his 1st-half heroics, beating the mark earlier held by Jameis Winston.
He connected with previous New England teammate Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin for the touchdowns as he done 22 of 27 throws with records tumbling all the way.
It was his 1st-half occupation most effective and club report in passing yardage and the Buccaneers also established a staff document with a full of 410 very first-fifty percent yards, the most by any NFL club in a decade.
Brady’s back-up Blaine Gabbert completed touchdown passes to Gronkowski and Evans in the next 50 percent in a functionality by the Bucs that raises anticipations for the playoffs.
“It’s just the beginning,” said Bucs coach Bruce Arians. “We’re likely to be a pretty difficult out.”
Evans, who has been with the Bucs because the 2014 draft, is also optimistic with Brady on the team. “We are happy we last but not least attained it, but that’s just where by it starts.”
Their passage to the playoffs will come much less than a 7 days soon after Brady’s previous team, the Patriots, unsuccessful to make the submit year for the 1st time in 11 many years in his absence.
The Bucs turned the seventh NFL team to clinch a playoff berth, becoming a member of Environmentally friendly Bay, New Orleans and Seattle in the NFC furthermore Kansas Town, Pittsburgh and Buffalo in the AFC.