Tom Brady threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers launch their bid for a return to the Super Bowl with a dominant 31-15 NFC wildcard playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The defending champions set the tempo from the start, with Brady leading a pair of long touchdown drives in the opening quarter and building the lead to 17-0 by halftime.
The seven-time Super Bowl winner finished off the Eagles with touchdown passes of to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans, improving his dazzling playoff record to 35-11 in a record 46 postseason starts.
The Bucs defense did its part, ook, intercepting Jalen Hurts twice in the Philadelphia quarterback’s playoff debut. Brady completed 29 van 37 passes without an interception while extending his postseason record for TD passes to 85.
Philadelphia played without defensive end Josh Sweat, who was inactive after being admitted to the hospital and undergoing an emergency procedure for what the team described as a “life-threatening situation” earlier in the week.
The Eagles released a statement before the game saying Sweat, who tied for the team lead with seven sacks this season, was admitted to a hospital last Tuesday night.
“In the following days, Josh and our medical team did everything possible to help him return to play,” the statement said. “He improved every day, but it was determined by doctors today that he was not quite ready. The fact that Josh came so close to playing is a credit to his toughness and our medical staff.”