Bucs’ Brady on retirement: ‘I haven’t put a lot of thought into it’

For most of Sunday’s divisional-round playoff matchup, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having a difficult time with the Los Angeles Rams.

Los Angeles led the Buccaneers 27-3 in the third quarter. At that point, it appeared the world champions’ goal of repeating was done. However, the Bucs slowly worked their back and tied the game at 27 late in the fourth.

But, Matthew Stafford hit Cooper Kupp on a 44-yard strike that set up Matt Gay’s 30-yard game-winning field goal at the buzzer to give the Rams a 30-27 victory at Raymond James Stadium.

With the win, the Rams host the 49ers in the NFC Championship game next Sunday.

“Yeah, we were down a bunch, and a lot of guys made a bunch of different plays to get us back into it,” Brady said postgame. “And they just made one more than us. So, kind of back and forth, we got off to a slow start which we certainly didn’t want to do against a good football team like that, who plays well from ahead. It made us pretty one-dimensional. But, you know, it is always tough losing at the end of the year. Obviously, we showed a lot of fight, but at the end of the day, you lose a game, you lose a game.”

Brady completed 30-of-54 passes in the game for 329 yards and one touchdown, but at age 44, the logical question is, have we’ve seen the last of him in the NFL. Well, we didn’t get that answer postgame.

“I haven’t put a lot of thought into it, so you know, we will just take it day by day and kind of see where we are at,” the 22-year veteran said. “Truthfully, guys, I’m thinking about this game. I’m not thinking about anything past five minutes from now.”

If Brady retires, which could happen, clearly he goes down as the G.O.A.T. He won seven Super Bowls, which is just ridiculous; however, based on what we saw out of him in 2021, he still is playing at a high level as he led the league in passing yards and touchdown passes. Of course, if he wants to come back, Tampa would like him back. Brady’s magic number for retirement was 45, so maybe that means one more year, or maybe not. 

We’ll see what happens going forward. 

 

 

NFL announces schedule for Divisional Playoffs

The NFL announced Sunday night the schedule of sites, dates, and times for the Divisional Playoffs on January 22-23.

Saturday, January 22:

AFC:    4:30 PM (ET)              Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)              San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Sunday, January 23:

NFC:    3:00 PM (ET) Arizona Cardinals or Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(NBC, Peacock, Universo)

AFC:    6:30 PM (ET)              Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS, Paramount+)

NFL moves Raiders-Browns, WFT-Eagles, Seahawks-Rams

COVID is wreaking havoc on the NFL, and Friday, the league had to postpone three games.

The Las Vegas Raiders-Cleveland Browns game scheduled for Saturday, December 18, has been moved to Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

The Washington Football Team-Philadelphia Eagles game and Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams game scheduled for Sunday, December 19, have been moved to Tuesday, December 21. Washington-Philadelphia and Seattle-Los Angeles Rams will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on FOX and be available on NFL Sunday Ticket.

According to the league, these schedule changes are based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFLPA as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus this week, resulting in a substantial increase in cases across the league.

The updated Week 15 schedule (all times ET):

Saturday, December 18

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts                  8:15 PM                 NFLN

Sunday, December 19

Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills

1:00 PM

FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

1:00 PM

FOX

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

1:00 PM

CBS

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

1:00 PM

CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

1:00 PM

FOX

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers

1:00 PM

CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos

4:05 PM

CBS

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

4:05 PM

CBS

Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens

4:25 PM

FOX

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8:20 PM

NBC

Monday, December 20

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns                       

5:00 PM

           NFLN

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

8:15 PM

ESPN

Tuesday, December 21

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams                       7:00 PM                     FOX

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles      7:00 PM                     FOX

NFL playoff scenarios for Week 15

It’s that time of the year when teams start to fight it out for the seven playoff spots in each conference. Patriots and Titans can clinch spots in the AFC, while the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Packers, and Rams can punch their tickets for the playoffs in the NFC.

Here are playoff scenarios for Week 15 in the NFL:

AFC

CLINCHED: None

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-4) (vs. Indianapolis (7-6), Saturday night, 8:15 PM ET, NFLN)

New England clinches playoff berth with:

  1. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + CIN loss + KC loss OR

  2. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + LAC loss OR

  3. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + PIT loss or tie + DEN loss or tie + LAC loss OR

  4. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie + CIN loss OR

  5. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + CIN loss + LAC loss OR

  6. NE win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss + LAC loss + LV loss + CIN-DEN tie

NOTE: There are other complex scenarios for New England that involve multiple ties and strength-of-victory permutations.

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-4) (at Pittsburgh (6-6-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. TEN win + IND loss

NFC

CLINCHED: None

ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-3) (at Detroit (1-11-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. ARI win or tie OR

  2. NO loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR

  3. NO loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  4. NO loss or tie + PHI loss + ATL loss or tie + GB win or tie OR

  5. NO loss or tie + SF tie + LAR loss OR

  6. MIN loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  7. MIN loss or tie + SF loss OR

  8. SF loss + PHI-WAS tie OR

  9. SF tie + LAR loss + PHI-WAS tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (9-4) (at N.Y. Giants (4-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. DAL win + WAS-PHI tie OR

  2. DAL win + WAS loss + DAL clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PHI

Dallas clinches playoff berth with:

  1. DAL win + NO loss or tie OR

  2. DAL win + SF loss OR

  3. DAL tie + MIN loss or tie + NO loss or tie + ATL loss or tie OR

  4. MIN loss + ATL loss + NO loss + PHI-WAS tie OR

  5. MIN loss + ATL loss + NO loss + DAL clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PHI

GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-3) (at Baltimore (8-5), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:

  1. GB win or tie OR

  2. MIN loss or tie

Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. NO loss or tie + SF loss OR

  2. NO loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  3. NO loss or tie + LAR loss + SF tie OR

  4. SF loss + PHI-WAS tie OR

  5. LAR loss + SF tie + PHI-WAS tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-4) (vs. Seattle (5-8), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

L.A. Rams clinch playoff berth with:

  1. LAR win + NO loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR

  2. LAR win + NO loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  3. LAR win + MIN loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  4. LAR tie + MIN loss + NO loss + ATL loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (10-3) (vs. New Orleans (6-7), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Tampa Bay clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. TB win or tie

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. MIN loss or tie + SF loss OR

  2. MIN loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  3. SF loss + PHI-WAS tie

NFL announces schedule for Divisional Round next weekend

With the wild card round almost done, the NFL has announced tonight the schedule of sites, dates, and times for the Divisional Playoffs on January 16-17.

Saturday, January 16:

NFC:    4:35 PM (ET)  Los Angeles Rams (11-6) at Green Bay Packers (13-3) (FOX, FOX Deportes)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  Baltimore Ravens or Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (14-3) (NBC, Universo)

Sunday, January 17:

AFC:    3:05 PM (ET)  Cleveland Browns or Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) (CBS, CBS All Access, ESPN Deportes)

NFC:    6:40 PM (ET)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-5) at New Orleans Saints (13-4) (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Jaguars trade Jalen Ramsey to Rams

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded fourth-year CB Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2020 first-round draft selection, a 2021 first-round draft selection and a 2021 fourth-round draft selection.

The Jaguars now have 18 picks, including four first-round selections, over the next two drafts.

In 2020, the Jaguars currently hold nine selections (Jacksonville’s first-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ first-round pick, Jacksonville’s second-round pick, Jacksonville’s third-round pick, Jacksonville’s fourth-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ fifth-round pick, Jacksonville’s sixth-round pick, Seattle’s sixth-round pick and Jacksonville’s seventh-round pick).

In 2021, the Jaguars currently hold nine selections (Jacksonville’s first-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ first-round pick, Jacksonville’s second-round pick, Jacksonville’s third-round pick, Jacksonville’s fourth-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ fourth-round pick, Jacksonville’s fifth-round pick, Jacksonville’s sixth-round pick, and Jacksonville’s seventh-round pick).

In 2022, the Jaguars currently hold their original seven selections.

NFL: Pass interference is now reviewable

After what we saw in last season’s NFC Championship Game, you knew what happened today was inevitable. The NFL has now made pass interference a reviewable play.

According to the NFL, any pass interference (offensive or defensive), called or not called, can be reviewed by replay. Coaches will still be allowed two challenges, and just like in previous years, if both challenges are successful, teams will get a third challenge.

Last season, in the NFC Championship Game, the Saints’ Drew Brees tried to connect with Tommylee Lewis, but before Lewis could make the reception, he was hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman, which appeared to be a blatant pass interference call, but no flags were thrown. This no-call caused a huge uproar and is the main reason pass interference is now a reviewable play.

Here are the following plays that can be reviewed:

ARTICLE 5. REVIEWABLE PLAYS. The Replay System will cover the following play situations:

      (a) Plays involving possession.

      (b) Plays involving touching of either the ball or the ground.

      (c) Plays governed by the goal line.

      (d) Plays governed by the boundary lines.

      (e) Plays governed by the line of scrimmage.

      (f) Plays governed by the line to gain.

      (g) Number of players on the field at the snap, even when a foul is not called.

      (h) Game administration:

            (1) Penalty enforcement.

            (2) Proper down.

            (3) Spot of a foul.

            (4) Status of the game clock.

      (i) Disqualification of a player.

      (j) Pass interference, called or not called (offensive or defensive) (See Rule 8, Section 5, Articles 1-4).

NFL announces matchups for the five international regular-season games in 2019

The National Football League today announced the matchups for its five 2019 international regular-season games – four in the UK and one in Mexico.

The quality of the 2019 international offering is apparent in three division games and five playoff participants, including the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams.  Two of the four London Games will feature teams playing in the UK for the first time, while Mexico City will host a meeting of long-time AFC West division rivals.

​​The 2019 international games:

​Country Visiting Team Home Team
Mexico Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Chargers
UK Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
UK Chicago Bears Oakland Raiders
UK Cincinnati Bengals Los Angeles Rams
UK Houston Texans Jacksonville Jaguars​​

Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium will host a matchup between the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams, who finished the 2018 regular season with identical 12-4 records, will be playing in Mexico City for the first time.

The AFC South champion Houston Texans – who face the division-rival Jacksonville Jaguars – and the Carolina Panthers – who face their NFC South foes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – will both make their London debuts. It will bring the total number of NFL teams to have played in the UK to 31 in 28 regular-season games by the end of the 2019 season. The Jaguars will be playing a home game in London for the seventh consecutive season.

The Rams, who will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, will host a London game for the fourth time when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Oakland Raiders will return to London for the second straight year, facing the NFC North division champion Chicago Bears.

The NFL will play two games at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, with two at Wembley Stadium.

Dates, kickoff times and venues for all international games will be announced in conjunction with the release of the full NFL schedule this spring.