The Buccaneers are ready for their match against the Cowboys!!
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed help getting to the playoffs under Tom Brady’s leadership. Dak Prescott helped the Dallas Cowboys get through challenging situations to the playoffs. These two-star quarterbacks will face off against each other in an NFC wild-card game on Monday night. They hope their problems during the regular season will help them get to the Super Bowl.
“Everyone worked hard to get to this point. There are no more second chances,” said 45-year-old Brady. Brady has who has the Bucs (8-9) in the hunt for a second title in three years despite having a losing record for the first time in more than 20 years as an NFL starter.
“It’s going to be tough,” said the seven-time Super Bowl winner. “But we’ve been through a lot. We played some hard games. We’ve come back from some, some of them we haven’t. But close won’t be good enough for anyone in the future.”
Dallas might be the most closely-watched team going into the playoffs. They had Prescott out for five games after he broke his right thumb in the season opener against Tampa Bay. They still were in the running for the best record in the NFC until last weekend.
The Cowboys lost to Washington by 10 points in last season’s last game. This made people wonder how Prescott and the Cowboys would react to starting the playoffs on the road against Tampa Bay. Since 1992, Dallas hasn’t won a playoff game on the road. And Brady is 7-0 against the Cowboys, including wins with.
Tampa Bay in the first games of the last two seasons. Coach Mike McCarthy said, “Since September, it’s clear that both teams have changed significantly. I think it’s only a matter of going through the season & gathering information that seems relevant to your game plan.”
“No matter how a team wins their division, it’s still two teams lining up for a chance to move on,” said Buccaneers coach Greg McCarthy. “Nobody has done more in the playoffs than Tom Brady, and he wants to add to his many records. Even though they had an inconsistent season on offense, they are playing well right now and are looking forward to the game.”
A Victory in the Playoffs for the Giants After an 11-Year Drought
Daniel Jones ran for 78 yards and threw for 301 yards in his first playoff game for the New York Giants. This was a 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card round. This was the Vikings’ first loss this season by more than one score after winning 12 of those games. Saquon Barkley ran for two touchdowns, including one that broke a tie in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The defense finished off their team’s first playoff win since Super Bowl 11 years ago by swarming tight end T.J. Hockenson. The team won after T.J. caught a 3-yard pass from Kirk Cousins at midfield on fourth down with no timeouts left for the Vikings.
Quarterback Dak Prescott hit several milestones in the Saturday NFC wild-card game against the Chicago Bears. He broke Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s record for most passing yards in a postseason game by a quarterback with over 300 yards. He also became one of the first players in NFL history.
He earned this honor because he threw two or more touchdowns and rushed for more than 70 yards in a playoff game, breaking another record set by Robert Griffin III. “I’m impressed. I’m not shocked because he’s been doing it all year. He’s been balling,” said Barkley, who had 109 yards on only 14 touches.
“He’s a special player. This is where you can create your legacy in the playoffs, and what a way to start it off.” First-year head coach Brian Daboll’s team advanced to play No. 1 seed and NFC East rival Philadelphia in the divisional round next weekend.
“Recently, I feel like we’ve had some of our better games and figured out what works for us,” said Jones. The Vikings quarterback was 31 for 39 for 273 yards and two scores, including a rushing touchdown to cap the game’s opening possession. His one glaring mistake was a too-short throw to Hockenson. The NFL’s leading receiver, Justin Jefferson, had just one catch for 47 yards after intermission.
Bills Hold on in a Crazy Situation
Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills started the season hoping to make it to the Super Bowl. They can still see their goal a week into the playoffs, but just barely. Allen didn’t let his three turnovers bother him, and the Bills rallied to beat the Miami Dolphins 34-31 in a wild-card playoff game on Sunday.
The Dolphins were missing many players because of injuries, so they weren’t viewed as much of a threat by most people. Allen said that only one thing mattered—how the game turned out—even though he knew he wasn’t at his best.
“All that matters is advancing,” he said. “We can win however we need to win.” The Bills found themselves in a precarious position as they clung to a 17-0 lead against their opponent that limped into the playoffs by losing five of its final six games. But thanks to some clutch plays from rookie Skylar Thompson, who replaced an injured starter earlier in the season, Buffalo came away with a victory and advanced to the next round.
It wasn’t until Nathan Allen fumbled the ball in the third quarter that Bill’s offense finally started to wake up. Allen threw two touchdowns over a span of three minutes and 11 seconds, with Cole Beasley catching one of those scores to tie the game at 24-24. “That’s just playoff football for the most part,” Beasley said. “All the games I’ve played in the playoffs, I don’t even know if we’ve had a blowout.” The Dolphins pulled away with another TD pass from Davis before halftime.
“You gotta keep your foot on the gas,” Beasley added. “You can’t ever get complacent. You have to play consistently; we were a little inconsistent tonight. We can’t do that going forward.”
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