Tampa Bay Buccaneers bound for the playoffs
With a 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched the NFC South division for the second year in a row and secured a spot in the NFL playoffs.
Driving the news: Tom Brady's still making it happen, Cap'n.
- The 45-year-old threw for 432 yards and three touchdowns, all to wideout Mike Evans, who had 10 catches for 207 yards.
Why it matters: It's been a rocky season for the Bucs (8-8).
- "Statistically we have not done a lot of great things this year," Brady said, per NFL.com. "We haven't been very good on third down, in the red area, long balls, short balls — so I think everything needs to be cleaned up. That's just the reality of where we're at."
What we're watching: Brady and Evans have struggled to connect this season, but the duo's explosive rebound on Sunday is giving fans hope that they can keep up the momentum.
The latest: The Bucs join the Eagles, 49ers, Vikings, Cowboys and Giants in the NFC playoffs, with the Seahawks, Lions and Packers in the hunt for the final seat.
What's next: Tampa Bay faces the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday.
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