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Listen to Go4it! Hall of Famer Drew Pearson talks making the Hall of Fame, career, Super Bowl 55, his Hail Mary catch against Vikings, his belief that Dak Prescott is the guy for the Cowboys, Tom Brady being the GOAT, and more.

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Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu on altercation with Brady: ‘I never really saw that side of Tom Brady’

The “Honey Badger” woke up an old grizzly bear, and the old grizzly bear reacted. In the second quarter of Super Bowl 55, which the Buccaneers won 31-9, Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu and Tom Brady got into it. The two players were jawing back and forth, and ultimately, Mathieu was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. 

After the game, Mathieu had this to say about the incident.

“Listen, Tom Brady’s a great quarterback,” he said. “I never really saw that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever, no comment. It’s over with; I’m done with it.”

Later, Mathieu said this in a since-deleted tweet about the altercation with Brady:

“He called me something I won’t repeat, but yeah, I’ll let all the media throw me under the bus as if I did something or said something to him. Go back to my previous games against TB12; I showed him nothing but respect. Look at my interviews about him. I show grace.”

According to ESPN, Brady has since apologized to Mathieu via text and hopes to apologize to Mathieu in person sometime in the future.

It was some good smack between Brady and Mathieu, but in the end, Brady and the Buccaneers get the trophy!

Watch as Mathieu talks altercation with Brady:

Tom Brady wins fifth Super Bowl MVP

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy awarded to the Super Bowl LV Most Valuable Player.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 to win the franchise’s second Super Bowl. 

This marks the fifth time Brady has won the award, having previously been voted the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowls LI, XLIX, XXXVIII, and XXXVI. Brady is the only player in NFL history to win the award five times.

Brady has won seven Super Bowls, the most by a player in NFL history, and joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as the only starting quarterbacks to win Super Bowls with multiple franchises. Brady is now 7-3 all time in the Super Bowl.

Brady has now thrown for three-or-more touchdowns in a Super Bowl four times. Three of his touchdowns came in the opening half vs. Kansas City, marking the second time he has had three touchdown passes in a single half of a Super Bowl. He became the only player to have three-or-more touchdown passes in a half multiple times in Super Bowl history. Brady’s 12 postseason games with three-or-more touchdown passes are the most in NFL history.

The 21-year veteran completed 21 of 29 attempts (72.4 percent) for 201 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 125.8 passer rating. He also extended his Super Bowl records for the most career completions (277), passing yards (3,039), and passing touchdowns (21).

Arians: ‘We’re still a very explosive offense with Tom(Brady), but we have eliminated a lot of turnovers

In 2019, with Jameis Winston at the quarterback position, Tampa Bay had a very explosive offense. They averaged 28.6 points per game, which was tied for third in the NFL that season. In addition, they averaged close to 400 yards of offense. They were explosive, but all was not well on the offensive side of the ball.

Tampa Bay committed 41 turnovers, including 30 interceptions from Winston. The 41 turnovers were the worst in the league, and Tampa Bay was -13 in turnover differential. After 2019, Tampa Bay knew they needed to upgrade the quarterback position, and the Buccaneers did when they signed the great Tom Brady. 

The 43-year-old Brady has come in and changed things dramatically for Tampa Bay. In 2020, the Buccaneers committed only 17 turnovers and were +8 in turnover differential. Winston threw 33 touchdowns in 2019, while Brady threw 40 in 2020. Tampa Bay averaged 30.8 points per game this season, but the most significant difference is the interceptions. Brady threw only 12 this season. 

Only Wednesday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians discussed what Brady has brought to the offense.

“I think the biggest difference is obviously in the turnover ratio,” Arians said. “Eliminating turnovers, creating more turnovers, and protecting the football. We’re still a very explosive offense with Tom, but we have eliminated a lot of turnovers. Just his overall leadership…

“He(Brady) knows how to take care of himself, and he’s a great, great player. His preparation reminds me so much of Peyton Manning. Those two guys set the bar as far as preparation for the guys that I have coached. Ben [Roethlisberger] didn’t like that stuff. He just wanted to go play, and he knew what he was doing. You didn’t want to overload him. Andrew Luck was the same way – he was so smart. All of these guys have a grit about them that they can will themselves on other people and make them win.”

With what the Kansas City Chiefs can do on offense, Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense will need to be at their best for the team to get it done on Sunday, and based on what we’ve seen this season, expect Brady to be ready.

 

 

 

Bucs GM Licht on loss to Bears: ‘We’ve had a lot of bad losses – that one was one that really stung the most’

The 2020 season was not all smooth sailing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were swept by the New Orleans Saints, and they lost three out of four games in November to fall to 7-5.

While November was bad for the Buccaneers, a loss in October on the road to the Chicago Bears was the worst of the season, according to GM Jason Licht. 

Tampa Bay fell to the Bears 20-19 in that contest after leading 10-0 in the first quarter.

“That game was a game that, probably in my career here – and we’ve had a lot of bad losses – that one was one that really stung the most, I think,” Licht said on Tuesday. “Not only did we lose the way we lost with the penalties and things like that, we also lost Vita [Vea]. I was talking about this the other day with Bruce [Arians], actually. I said, ‘Gosh, that game still stings.’ He said, ‘That’s the best thing that happened to us. That game is the best thing that happened to us, looking back in retrospect.’ I think he’s right.

“We cleaned up our penalties, we were more disciplined, and it just brought everybody together. It showed that we’re all human – everybody – and everybody needs to be held accountable. Everybody on the roster, everybody in the front office, and everybody in the organization. It brought us closer together.”

After that loss to Chicago, the Buccaneers won three straight games.

At this point, Tampa Bay has clearly turned it around, and now, after winning three games in the playoffs, all on the road, Tampa Bay is 60 minutes away from being world champions.

Brady leads the Buccaneers to Super Bowl LV

Tom Brady was brought to Tampa Bay to lead the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl, and on Sunday, he did just that. Behind a strong defense that sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers five times and forced two Green Bay turnovers, the Buccaneers were able to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LV by defeating the Packers 31-26 at Lambeau Field.

With the victory, Tampa Bay will become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Also, the Buccaneers are the first No. 5 seed in NFL history to defeat a No. 1 seed in a conference championship game, and the 43-year-old Brady will make his 10th Super Bowl appearance. 

Brady, who went 20-of-36 for 280 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions on Sunday, is proud of his team’s journey.

“This is the ultimate team sport,” Brady said after the game. “We’ve had a lot of people work really hard over the course of a period of time to get to this point. It’s a tough journey to get here, so to go on the road and win another road playoff game is just a great achievement. Now, a home Super Bowl for the first time in NFL history, I think, puts a lot of cool things in perspective. Any time you’re the first time doing something, it’s usually a pretty good thing. Now we’ve just got to go have a great two weeks, prepare for whoever it is and be ready to go.”

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians added: “I couldn’t be happier for our players – they put in so much work – and our coaching staff has done such a great job. Ownership gave us everything that we’ve needed, and I just couldn’t be any more elated for these guys and the job they put in. We had both backup safeties in there, just playing their [butts] off. It was a great team win.”

While Brady had his moments in this game, this was about Tampa’s defense. The Buccaneers defense leads all playoff teams with seven takeaways and 41 points off takeaways, and they did a great job of shutting down Rodgers and the Packers in the fourth quarter(3 points), which Arians discussed after the game.

“I can’t say enough about them,” he said about Tampa’s defense. “They’ve been great in the fourth quarter all year, and we got some great stops. Took a couple chances on offense and tried to get more points – it didn’t work out, but they came back and got the ball right back for us.”

Buccaneers OLBs Shaquil Barrett(3.0 sacks) and Jason Pierre-Paul(2.0 sacks) combined for all of the team’s 5.0 sacks in the game. The 5.0 sacks on Sunday matched the Buccaneers’ postseason record for a single game. According to Pierre-Paul, this defense has played at a high level all year long. 

“We closed the game out,” Pierre-Paul said. “Tom [Brady] closed the game out, and that was it. Don’t get me wrong, Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback – a phenomenal quarterback. It’s sad that he didn’t make it, but I’d rather them than us, you know? The defense just showed up like we showed up last year, this year, and the whole year.”

Many will talk about the Packers head coach Matt LaFleur’s decision to kick a field goal late in the game on fourth and goal with Green Bay trailing 31-23. With a little over two minutes, the Packers had three timeouts, plus the two-minute warning, so in essence, they had four timeouts if they would’ve gotten stopped. Plus, they had Rodgers, who finished the game with 346 yards passing, three touchdowns, and one interception. However, Arians thought it was the right call.

“I thought they had a lot of confidence in their defense at that point in time,” he said. “I thought it was a good move by them.”

Barrett was surprised by the decision.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Barrett said. “I know if they could take that back, they probably wouldn’t do that next time.”

Ultimately, the Packers would not get the ball back.

Brady and the Buccaneers still have one more game to win to make this season the ultimate success, but for now, getting to Super Bowl is a massive accomplishment for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady: ‘There’s only four teams left – we’re one of them’

Coming into Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans, the talk was about the quarterback battle between two all-time greats in Tom Brady and Drew Brees, but when it was over, the conversation was about the Buccaneers’ defense and running game. 

The Buccaneers’ defense came up with four takeaways, including three interceptions, that led to 21 points, as the Buccaneers defeated the Saints(13-5) on the road 30-20 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. With the victory, Tampa Bay(13-5) advances to the NFC Championship Game and will travel to Green Bay to face the Packers next Sunday.

The Buccaneers were outscored 72-26 in their two losses to the Saints this season, including a 38-3 beatdown in November. However, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is not surprised by what happened on Sunday. He thought Tampa was a much better team than they were in November.

“It’s a different football team than that week,” Arians said. “I try to tell everybody that – nobody wants to believe me. This is what we’re capable of playing. Defensively, we’ve had some rough spots at times, but we’ve had some really, really good times. This was one of the best times.”

The running game was huge for Tampa Bay on Sunday. Leonard Fournette(107 total yards, one touchdown, including 63 yards on the ground) and Ronald Jones(63 yards rushing) combined for 126 yards rushing, which is more than they had in two games combined against the Saints in the regular season. Jones was bothered by quad and hand injuries all week, but according to Fournette, he encouraged Jones to fight through the pain.

“I’m telling Ro, excuse my language, but ‘[bleep] the injury,” Fournette said. “We need you, I’m not going to lie to you – we need you.’ I’ve been in these types of games. It’s funny – we have four good running backs – Ro came in fresh; I came in fresh. I said, ‘Man, understand this – you don’t get many chances to make it to the playoffs [and] to have the run that we’re on right now.’ I’m a living example. We (the Jacksonville Jaguars) went from the AFC Championship to the next two years not even making it to the playoffs. So big congrats to Ro for fighting through the injury – a hand and a quad.”

Brady, who went 18-of-33 for 199 yards and three total touchdowns on Sunday and recorded his 32nd postseason victory, which are the most playoff wins by any player in league history, is happy to be one of the final four teams.

“The defense was incredible all game,” Brady said. “The turnovers were huge. Last time we played them, we lost the turnover [margin], minus three. Today was plus four – you’re not going to lose many games when you’re plus four. Just a great effort – they came up huge. Offensively, made some plays when we needed to. The running game was great, the line protected great up front – just a great week of prep. Really proud of our team and everything we put in to get to this point. There’s only four teams left – we’re one of them. It’s tough to get to this point, so we need a big week [and] a great week of practice. We’ve got one of the best teams in the league, obviously, in Green Bay. [They are] the top seed, Aaron [Rodgers] is playing incredible [and] they’ve got a great defense, so it’s going to be a great matchup.”

Tampa Bay did what they needed to do on Sunday, and if they can put together one more big effort next Sunday against the Packers, Brady will have a chance to play for his seventh Super Bowl title, but defeating the Pack, who Tampa Bay beat in the regular season, will be a tougher challenge for this team. Let’s see if they are up for it!

Brady on Brees: ‘I think there’s just a lot of mutual respect’

On Sunday in New Orleans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Saints and Buccaneers will battle it out for the third time this season. Tampa Bay is 0-2 against the Saints this season and has been outscored 72-26. Overall, New Orleans has beaten the Buccaneers five straight times.

The two quarterbacks in this game have accomplished so much in the game of football. In a combined 41 years of NFL service, Tom Brady and Drew Brees have thrown for 176563 yards and 1263 touchdowns, with seven Super Bowl victories. Brady is number one in passing yards and touchdowns, while Brees is second in those categories. So, obviously, these guys have put in a lot of work.

Brady is 43, and Brees is 42, so there is a good chance that these two guys may never play against each other ever again. Brady, who is 2-5 against Brees all-time, has a lot of respect for the New Orleans Saints quarterback.

“He’s a lot younger than me – he’s 18 months younger than me. Eighteen months ago, I felt pretty good, so I’ve got a little advanced age on him – and experience,” Brady said this week. “I’m hanging in there. He’s had a terrific year. He’s a great player – I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve always had a great amount of respect for him going all the way back to his Purdue days. My roommate, when I first got to the Patriots, was from Purdue and was really good friends with Drew. I always just kept up with him and have gotten to know him somewhat well over the years. I just think so much of him as a person and as a player. I know what it takes to do what he’s doing [and] he knows what it takes to do what I’m doing. I think there’s just a lot of mutual respect.”

Turnovers have killed the Buccaneers against the Saints this season, and Brady has been the biggest culprit. He has thrown five interceptions against New Orleans, and according to him, turnovers could decide the outcome of Sunday’s game.

“It’s big for both teams,” Brady said. “Turnover margin – out of all of the stats – I think that one always speaks to wins and losses just about more than any other stat. Taking care of the football maximizes your ability to score. Taking the football away minimizes their ability to score. It’s very difficult to score if you don’t have the ball. If you give the ball away, it gives them more chances to score. When you play good teams, it always comes down to that. That’s a big point of emphasis – we’ve got to protect it in the passing game. That responsibility obviously falls on the quarterback, but it falls on a lot of other people too. It falls on all of us, making a concerted effort to be on the same page in the passing game so that we can play with anticipation [and] play with confidence.”

Brady’s worst moments this season have been against New Orleans, and quite frankly, Brady is going to have to protect the ball and be better if the Buccaneers want to beat the Saints on Sunday. If he is better, maybe the Buccaneers can finally beat the Saints. If not, we might see a repeat of the previous two games between these teams this season.

Bucs’ Arians believes team has to be better defensively if they want to win in Divisional Round

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their first playoff victory since the 2002 season on Saturday night when they defeated the Washington Football Team 31-23 at FedEx Field in the wild card game.

Tom Brady was solid against Washington. The 43-year-old Brady went 22-of-40 for 381 yards and two touchdowns. His 381 passing yards set a new single-game franchise postseason record. The postseason win was the 31st of Brady’s NFL career, which are the most playoff wins by any player in league history.

“I think it’s good to win and advance,” Brady said after the game. “If we don’t play well next week, we’re not going to be happy. [I’m] glad we won [and] glad we have another week of work. We’re going to go in there and try to do a much better job this week and get ready for whoever our opponent is – it’s going to be a good one. We’re going to have to go play great football.”

According to Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate, who caught four passes for 80 yards – the second-most receiving yards by a tight end in Buccaneers playoff history, Tampa Bay did not play their best football on Saturday, but he’s happy to get the victory.

 “Super excited about the win,” Brate said. “We didn’t play our best game, but I thought Washington really played us well. Offensively, they made a bunch of plays. Defensively, they presented a big challenge with the guys they have up front. We didn’t play our best game, but at this point of the year, a win is a win.”

Tampa Bay’s defense allowed Washington QB Taylor Heinicke, who started for an injured Alex Smith, to throw for 306 yards and a touchdown and an interception. Heinicke also rushed for 46 yards and added a touchdown on the ground. 

After the game, Arians was asked if the team’s performance against Washington was good enough to win in the Divisional Round, he said the following:

 “No, this performance defensively, it wouldn’t be,” Arians said. “Offensively, it would be. We’ll show up and see. I think some of our guys – I don’t think veterans did, but some of our younger guys – might have relaxed when Alex Smith wasn’t playing. I kind of kept preaching at them, ‘This kid can run, he can do a lot of things.’ He almost beat us with his legs. I’m never going to apologize for winning, and next week’s next week.”

If the Saints defeat the Bears on Sunday, the fifth-seeded Buccaneers will head to New Orleans to battle the second-seeded Saints, who beat Tampa Bay twice this season. However, Arians believes his team is much better now than they were when New Orleans blew them out in Tampa Bay 38-3 back in November.

“It doesn’t matter. We’re playing – that’s all that matters,” Arians said. “We’re a better football team than the last time we played the Saints – if we go there. It doesn’t matter to me.”

The Buccaneers live to fight another day. Now, for this season to be memorable, they must continue to win, and they will have that opportunity next weekend in the Divisional Round. However, they do need to play better.

Brady: ‘Playoff football is pretty special’

Tom Brady got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, and now he is hoping to get this franchise a second Super Bowl title. The journey begins on Saturday night when Tampa Bay(11-5) travels to D.C to battle the Washington Football(7-9) in the wild-card game.

As they enter the playoffs, Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense has been rolling. Tampa Bay has averaged 40 points a game, and in those three contests, Brady has thrown for 1137 yards with 10 touchdowns and only one interception.

The 43-year-old Brady looks comfortable in this offense, and they are flourishing on that side of the ball at the right time. 

“I’d say every week is getting a little bit better and a little bit more consistent [with] better communication,” Brady said about the offense on Thursday. “We’re all understanding each other a little bit better each week. Football season is tough – there’s a lot of things to coordinate, there’s a lot of moving parts, different players, and in and out, you’re running different schemes. But I think we’ve just tried to not take the foot off the gas pedal [and] tried to understand each other a little bit better each week and try to put ourselves in a decent position.”

According to Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay will be tough to beat if they continue to score at this level.

“I don’t think with our defense we’re going to lose too many games if we can score 37,” he said. “I’m really satisfied with 30.”

During his 20 seasons with the Patriots, Brady has missed the playoffs only once, and according to the six-time Super Bowl winner, being in the playoffs is a privilege.

“Any time you make the playoffs, it’s a good feeling, and it’s a great opportunity to be playing this weekend. A privilege, I think, for all of us, he said. “I think we want to go make the most of it. Playoff football is pretty special to be a part of, and I’ll be excited to be out there Saturday night…

“I think it’s a different newness, but the same excitement to be ready to go out there and take a bunch of teammates. Going on the road in the playoffs is a tough thing to do. We’re a team that’s made a bunch of improvements over the course of the year, and we have to be at our best. That’s what this part of the season is all about. Regular season is what it is. You put it in the books [and] we’re here to win playoff games.”

Tampa Bay should beat Washington on Saturday; they are just the better team. However, it’s one game, and anything can happen, but with Brady at the helm, expect the Buccaneers to make it to the divisional round of the playoffs.