Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes in just the half needed to play, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers routed the Detroit Lions 47-7 on Saturday, sealing the playoff spot for the first time since 2007.
Bucs (10-5) set a franchise record at 588 yards, recording the NFL’s second longest post-season drought after Cleveland’s 18-year run, which could end on Sunday.
Tampa Bay rested Brady when he was leading 34-0, the biggest half-time lead in franchise history. Blaine Gabbert threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski on his first snap. One play after Detroit chased Dundress Swift, and a 22-yard pass to Mike Evans in the second half of the third quarter.
Brady was 348 yards, 22 out of 27 yards, with a mix of passes and darts deep in the field. The six-time Super Bowl winner, Quarterback, threw a touchdown pass to Gronkowski, Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, who caught with one hand.
43-year-old Brady started his 298th match and played in his 300th match to break Brett Favre’s NFL quarterback record.
Lions (5-10) started the game for Covid-19 contact tracing without the help of interim coach Darrell Bevel and defensive staff. And they played many of the games without Matthew Stafford. After playing with a hip and thumb injury, he hurt his right ankle on the opening drive and didn’t come back.
Chase Daniel struggled to move the ball for the Lions, who avoided the second shutout of the season in the third quarter when Jamal Agnew returned a 74-yard punt for a touchdown. Daniel was replaced in the fourth quarter by a rookie, David Blau, who wasn’t drafted last year.
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