Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes in just the half needed to play, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trailed the Detroit Lions 47-7 on Saturday, making it to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
The Bucs (10-5) set a franchise record with 588 yards and overcome the NFL’s second-longest running drought behind Cleveland’s 18-year run.
Tampa Bay gave Brady a rest when they were ahead 34–0, the biggest halftime lead in franchise history. Blaine Gabbert delivered a 25-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski on his first snap, a draw that stalled D’Andra Swift after playing behind Detroit and later gave a 22-yard pass to Mike Evans in the third quarter.
Brady was 22 of 27 for 348 yards, which passes under the field and is a mixture of darts in traffic. The six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback gave touchdown passes to Gronkowski, Evans, Chris Godwin, who caught one-handed catches, and Antonio Brown.
Brady, 43, started his 298th game and played in his 300th game to tie Brett Favre’s record at NFL quarterback.
Miami Dolphins 26-25 Las Vegas Raiders
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a 41-yard pass to Mack Hollins, dragging him from Face Hallschool, and the Miami Dolphins went one step closer to the playoff berth when another one with Jason Sanders’ 44-yard field goal gave them a 26-25 win. Administered. On the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders (7-8) opted to run down the clock for a go-ahead field goal with Jose Jacobs trying to take the one-yard line and Derek Carr to the knee and on the set of Daniel Carlson Kneel down. 22-second field goal with 19 seconds left.
But the Dolphins had some late-game magic in which Fitzpatrick introduced a deep pass to Holiday, while Burden was pulled down by the key. The penalty ball was moved to Las Vegas 26, which led to Sanders’ win.
The Dolphins (10-5) were half a game ahead of Baltimore in the AFC playoff race and could clinch a wild card berth with a win at Buffalo next week. The Raiders (7-8) were eliminated with their fifth defeat in six games and will be out of the postseason for the 17th time in 18 seasons.
The Dolphins rookie Tua Tagoveloa struggled to move the ball for only 94 yards with his 22 passes. He connected on a 10-yard TD pass to Geskin, which tied the game in the third quarter, but was drawn in the fourth with a 16–13 lead for Fitzpatrick.
San Francisco 49ers 20–12 Arizona Cardinals
Third-string quarterback CJ Beathard threw three touchdown passes, Jeff Wilson ran for 183 yards, and the San Francisco 49ers delivered a brutal blow to the Arizona Cardinals’ playoff hopes 20–12.
Beathard was making his first start since 2018 and was a 1-9 starting quarterback before being pressured into action against the Cardinals due to injuries from Jimmy Garappolo and Nick Mullens. The 27-year-old was not surprising, but avoided big mistakes. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 182 yards, Wilson earned tough yards on the ground and came up with two big defensive stops late in the 49th fourth quarter, with Ahalo Witherspoon’s pass to Kylar Murray in the end zone. Interception was also included.
The Cardinals (8-7) no longer control their fortunes in the playoff race. If the Chicago Bears win their final two games, they will make it to the playoffs because of a tiebreaker over the Cardinals.
Murray suffered a right leg injury in the Cardinals’ final play. Murray was hit by a 49th Alex Barrett goal as the Cardinal tried to rally in the closing seconds. Murray lay on the field as the Arizona instructors ran with him and walked off the field after a few minutes. He appeared in considerable pain on the Cardinals’ bench and lay there before leaving the locker room.