Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was proud of the whole organization after he reached the NFC Championship Game in his first season with the Buccaners, The Buccaneers, who were trailing 20-13 on the road to the New Orleans Saints, created a big comeback to win 30-20 and surprise the Saints on their home field.
After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots and six Super Bowls won, Brady changed teams for the first time in his career when he signed with the Buccaneers. "Just so proud of everyone, the whole organization," said Brady, acknowledging the challenges of no preseason while playing in a new offense with so many new pieces.
"Our coaches have put in so much work and effort getting us to this point, preparing us every day, and just done an amazing job. "Guys really come together. It's a really unique team. We have great chemistry. We have fun at practice.
We worked really hard to get to this point, just like the other three teams remaining."
Brady acknowledged the whole team did a great job
The Buccaneers lost to the Saints twice in the regular season but them in the playoffs.
"We had to look ourselves in the mirror and challenge ourselves on who we wanted to be," said Bucs inside linebacker Devin White, who finished Sunday with 11 tackles (10 solo), a tackle for a loss, a QB hit, a pass breakup, a fumble recovery and an interception.
"Everybody always asked, 'What was our identity?' We didn't have an answer. But Coach BA [Bruce Arians] had an answer. He said, 'We're some motherf---ers who are gonna find a way to win the game.'
" Brady noted that the Buccaneers needed both the offense and defense to step up and that was done. "The way the defense played today -- they were spectacular," Brady said. "The way the offensive line played, Leonard, Ro -- it was just huge.
All those guys came up big. We talked about it all week, what we were gonna need to win, to get it accomplished -- and it's a long ways from the last time we played these guys at home and certainly [from where] we started the season here.
It's a lot better feeling sitting in this tent this time around than the first time I was sitting here about 18 weeks ago." The Buccaneers will be hosted by the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game this week.