NFL ROUND-UP: Tom Brady plays Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first play-off win since historic 2002 … while Buffalo Bill’s Hail Mary survive to beat Indianapolis Colts for their first post-season win in 25 years
- The first triple header of the NFL wildcard games took place on Saturday
- Tom Brady inspired the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first play-off win since 2002
- Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-23 win over Washington
- The Buffalo Bills won their first play-off game since 1995 in front of 6,700 fans
- Josh Allen starred when the Bills scored a 27:24 win over the Indianapolis Colts
- Los Angeles Rams defeated Seattle Seahawks 30:20 in the second game of the day
In the first triple header of the NFL wildcard games on Saturday, Tom Brady extended his postseason record for wins to 31 with a 31:23 win for Tampa Bay in Washington.
Brady was the key to New England, where he won six Super Bowls for a total of nine. Now he’s led the Buccaneers to their first playoff win since their run to the NFL title in 2002.
Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns in his 42nd postseason start and initially not in a New England uniform.
Tom Brady played again this time in the NFL playoffs for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers
The quarterback hit threw 381 yards and two touchdowns in a 31:23 win over Washington
He used all of his guns well, from recipients Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and Chris Godwin to Cameron Brate and Leonard Fournette.
But the Tampa Bay defense leaked and Washington’s unannounced Taylor Heinicke ran 46 yards and a touchdown and threw 306 yards and a score on his second pro start in place of injured starter Alex Smith.
In the end, however, it was another win for Brady.
Washington’s unannounced quarterback Taylor Heinicke was impressed by his team’s defeat
“He’s a fighter, he plays hard, works hard and studies hard – and he’s the man for the job,” said Fournette of the legendary quarterback.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills achieved one of those triumphs Brady amassed – and they even figured out how to stop a hail Mary.
The Bills have finished a winless postseason slide in their last six games with a 27:24 win over Indianapolis on Saturday. The previous playoff win was against Miami in December 1995.
And it was the Bills’ first home game in 24 years, with a limited number of 6,700 fans for the first time this season.
The Buffalo Bills won their first play-off game in 25 years against the Indianapolis Colts
Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, scored another rush and Micah Hyde battled Philip Rivers’ desperate pass to end the game. Buffalo will host an AFC division round match.
“It doesn’t matter what it looks like,” said Allen. ‘It’s the playoffs. It’s win or go home and we did it. We have to focus on who we have next week. ‘
In Buffalo’s last loss before winning the next six games and the AFC East crown, Hyde was one of three defenders to fail to knock the ball down.
DeAndre Hopkins ’43 yard jump on Kyler Murray’s desperate throw – the ‘Hail Murray’ – won the game for Arizona. The calculations learned from it, and Philip River’s commitment to T. Y. Hilton was incomplete.
Josh Allen (left) paired well with Stefon Diggs (center) in front of 6,700 fans
“It’s been a long time since Bill’s Mafia could celebrate like this,” said Allen. “But it’s a game.”
In the second game of the night, Los Angeles rattled Russell Wilson and dominated, although there was no unanimous all-pro attack against Aaron Donald in the second half of a 30:20 win in Seattle.
A Pick-6 from Darious Williams made a major contribution, as did five sacks from the team, including two from Donald.
Darious Williams played for the Los Angeles Rams in a 30:20 win over the Seattle Seahawks
“Lots of people got in touch and answered the bell great,” said Rams coach Sean McVay. “Darious Williams shows up, I thought that would be a big momentum shift for us.”
Cam Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Jared Goff replaced injured starting quarterback John Wolford early, avoiding big mistakes, despite being shaky for parts of the game.
Less than two weeks after surgery on his right thumb, Goff completed the win with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods.
“I think it was really just a sting. He definitely seemed good, ”McVay said of Wolford.