The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have clinched their first NFL playoffs berth since 2007 and their head coach Bruce Arians says it's "just the beginning." In a rare Saturday game, the Buccaneers absolutely demolished the Detroit Lions 47-7 to improve to 10-5 and end their second-longest playoff drought in the NFL.
In the offseason, the Buccaneers signed quarterback Tom Brady, hoping that the six-time Super Bowl champion would lead them to the postseason. "It's just the beginning. Our goal when we started out, especially this year, was just to get in the dance," coach Arians said after the win, per ESPN.
"And now it's to win 11 games. And see where we stand and where we're going, know who we're playing." "[I'm] really, really proud -- our guys did a great job of preparing this week. You could feel -- this was the playoff practice week.
Even with the holidays, they handled their business well."
Brady delivered for the Buccaneers and coach Arians gave him credit
Brady completed 22-of-27 passes in the first half as he had four touchdowns and the Buccaneers had a dominant 34-0 lead at halftime.
Buccaneers coach Arians pulled Brady out of the game at halftime as there was no need to have him on the field anymore. "Any time you have a 158 quarterback rating and throw for over 300 yards in the half, back-to-back, it's pretty special," Arians said.
"And he's a pretty special player." The 300-game milestone, achieved by just 11 other players in NFL history, wasn't lost on the 43-year-old Brady, nor was the significance that it happened 45 minutes down the road from Ann Arbor, where Brady's journey from seventh-string QB at Michigan helped forge one of the NFL's greatest Cinderella stories, and one of the greatest underdog stories in all of professional sports."
Brady knew what was at stake and he delivered. "I love playing and the teammates that I have -- I always feel like I never want to let them down," Brady said. "I know it's been that way for 21 years of my career.
I just try to show up and do the best I can do every week and every day, and realize that the competition isn't only on Sunday. The competition is every day of the week and I've got a lot of guys on this team this year that have made a great commitment to one another and we're committed to being the best we can be."