Brady, Bucs D come up clutch in Divisional Round victory

/ by Justin Leger
Presented By Nissan

Tom Brady is on to the 14th conference championship game of his illustrious NFL career.

After falling to the New Orleans Saints twice during the regular season, Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally were able to come out on top when it mattered most. The 43-year-old quarterback and his rock-solid defense came up big in the second half of Sunday night's NFC Divisional Round to earn a 30-20 victory.

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Next up is a tough matchup at Lambeau Field vs. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who beat the Los Angeles Rams 32-18 on Saturday. The Bucs dominated the Packers 38-10 back in October, and Brady is 2-1 vs. Rodgers when both have been starters.

Here's Brady's final stat line on the night:

18 for 33, 199 yards, 3 TD (1 rushing), 0 INT, 92.9 passer rating

And now the highlights:

Brady and the Bucs capitalized on a Brees' second-quarter interception with a Mike Evans touchdown for their first TD of the game, putting Tampa up 10-6:

Jameis Winston replaced Brees for a trick play in the second quarter and put the Saints back on top with a 56-yard TD to Tre'Quan Smith:

After entering the locker room tied 13-13 at the half, the Saints regained the lead with a TD from Brees to Smith:

After another Saints turnover, Brady tossed his second TD of the night to Leonard Fournette to tie things back up in the third quarter:

An insane catch by rookie receiver Tyler Johnson kept the Bucs' fourth-quarter drive alive. Tampa Bay finished it off with a field goal to take a 23-20 lead:


Devin White came up with a huge pick in the fourth quarter, leading to a Brady rushing TD that extended the Bucs' lead to 10 in the fourth:

The Saints' fourth turnover of the night sealed the deal for the Bucs: