Cowboys Trounce Buccaneers to Send out Home Tom Brady

TAMPA — The Dallas Cowboys at last figured out Tom Brady.

Just after 7 consecutive losses from Brady courting back to 2003, the Cowboys demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the future Corridor of Fame quarterback, 31-14, dominating almost each phase of their wild-card matchup Monday night.

The Cowboys will facial area the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday in the divisional round, whilst Brady will ponder his upcoming as a 45-calendar year outdated no cost agent after struggling the a person of the worst playoff defeats of his 23-yr vocation.

For all their bombast and buzz, the Cowboys have been dismal in the playoffs for the past quarter century, winning just 3 game titles and failing to progress previous the divisional round. But Monday’s activity was lopsided from the outset as Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw at will to an array of receivers, and functioning back Tony Pollard sliced via Tampa Bay’s protection for 77 yards on 15 carries.

Prescott concluded with 5 overall touchdowns, and threw for 305 yards on 25 of 33 passing. He had received just a single playoff game in 7 seasons in Dallas coming into this recreation, but appeared established to vanquish his postseason demons. In the to start with 50 %, he dove for a person to start with down and scored on a nifty bootleg for the Cowboys’ 2nd rating.

That run was bracketed by two landing passes to restricted conclusion Dalton Schultz in the initial fifty percent, when the Cowboys took an 18- lead into the locker space at Raymond James Stadium. About the only offensive breaks the Buccaneers mustered in the 1st fifty percent arrived from Brett Maher, the Cowboys kicker, who missed all a few additional issue tries, an N.F.L. playoff report. (He later on missed a fourth endeavor in the second 50 percent, environment a new league document.)

The last time Brady was shut out in the very first 50 % of a playoff match was his first ever postseason visual appeal with the Patriots in 2002. The Patriots rallied to conquer the Raiders in extra time, 16-13.

There was no comeback on Monday. The Buccaneers never set up their working sport, forcing Brady to toss 23 occasions in the initially 50 % by yourself. Various of his passes had been batted away and he threw to limited conclude Cameron Brate who was quadruple-protected in the conclude zone in the very first quarter.

Brady overthrew several passes, which include one intercepted by safety Jayron Kearse in the again of the Dallas conclusion zone at the start of the next quarter. A number of other Brady passes were being batted absent.

In the 3rd quarter, immediately after the Cowboys done an eight-play, 86-yard push that finished with Prescott hitting Michael Gallup in the close zone for a touchdown, Brady tried to pull the Buccaneers out of a 24-position gap.

Disaster appeared to strike all over again when receiver Chris Godwin fumbled right after a reception on 3rd-and-9 from the Tampa Bay 20-yard line. Brady appeared to try out to excursion Cowboys safety Malik Hooker, who had recovered the ball.

The fumble was overturned immediately after a review, but Brady could not capitalize. He sailed a 3rd-down pass into empty space to end the fruitless generate, and a smattering of boos rose from the restless crowd.

Brady finally looked like the Brady of outdated at the end of the third quarter when he strike receiver Julio Jones running whole stride down the left sideline for a 30-yard rating. The Buccaneers went for the 2-place conversion, but Brady terribly skipped Godwin in the close zone.

Dallas speedily responded, marching down the industry with relieve. On fourth-and-4, Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy, possibly making an attempt to spare Maher yet another embarrassment, opted not to kick a discipline purpose. Prescott located receiver CeeDee Lamb huge open for an 18-garden landing rating. Maher at final transformed the added issue attempt to drive Dallas’s guide to 31-6.

In his a lot more than two a long time in the N.F.L., Brady has led 9 fourth-quarter comebacks. But Tampa Bay fell too much powering for Brady to engineer a 10th.

The video game came to a somber cease with beneath 3 minutes remaining when Tampa Bay receiver Russell Gage lay on the subject following a strike that appeared to jolt his neck. Gamers from both equally teams knelt as health care personnel attended to Gage, in a moment eerily reminiscent to the collapse of Bills basic safety Damar Hamlin previously this thirty day period. Gage was carted off to a clinic with a concussion and a doable neck injuries, but was shifting his fingers, Buccaneers Mentor Todd Bowles explained.

When the game resumed, Brady concluded the push with an 8-garden landing go to Cameron Brate and transformed a 2-place attempt to provide the rating to 31-14. The Buccaneers recovered an onside kick near midfield, but the late rally fell shorter.

Brady completed with 35 of 66 passing for 351 yards and two touchdowns, with just one interception.

If this was Brady’s final recreation, it was surely an anomaly. He owns just about each major passing file, which include yards and touchdowns. This year, he set personal bests for completions and go tries, throwing for 4,694 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Brady’s mother and father arrived off the subject arm-in-arm following the match, and his mother, Galynn, had tears in her eyes. Brady declined to solution queries last week about studies suggesting that he may well attempt to include to people totals. On Monday, Brady included tiny perception on his foreseeable future.

“I’m heading to go dwelling and get a very good night’s slumber,” he stated when questioned about his plans for following year.

But at the finish of his 4-minute news meeting, he thanked the media, such as the Tampa Bay conquer writers, as properly as the Buccaneers group, seeming to close his time with the franchise.

News reports have instructed that Brady is intrigued in actively playing in South Florida so he can be shut to his young children. Very last yr, the N.F.L. observed that the Dolphins experienced “impermissible” talks with Brady whilst he was underneath agreement with the Patriots and Buccaneers.

Dolphins typical supervisor Chris Grier claimed Monday the crew supports their present-day quarterback, Tua Tagavailoa, a previous first-spherical draft decide who skipped five games this year mainly because of concussions.

The Las Vegas Raiders have been claimed as a further probable spot. Brady has a extensive historical past with head mentor Josh McDaniels, who was the offensive coordinator in New England for 13 seasons even though Brady played for the Patriots.

With 7 Super Bowl titles, three M.V.P. awards and nearly 300 wins, Brady is unlikely to be delighted leaving the area just after this sort of a drubbing in opposition to the Cowboys. Where by, and if, he attempts to erase the memory is still to be established.

“You constantly want to close each and every 12 months great, but regretably sports activities does not get the job done that way,” Brady stated.

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