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NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 47, Detroit Lions 7

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady had a record-breaking first half to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 34-0 lead over the Detroit Lions at halftime. He didn’t even take the field in the final two quarters of the game and instead watched his Bucs cruise to a 47-7 win from the sideline.

Editor's note: All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.

STORY OF THE GAME

Brady completed 22-of-27 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the game's first two quarters. He now owns the Buccaneers' single-season franchise record for passing touchdowns (36) and should finish PFF’s grading reviews with a 92.0-plus PFF grade.

Mike Evans was Brady’s go-to target on the day, as he finished the game with 10 receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns from 12 targets. Future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski also recorded two scores on the day, and Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown combined for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Surprising no one in a 47-7 loss, no Lions defender finished PFF’s first review of the game with a 70.0-plus PFF grade. Linebackers Jahlani Tavai and Jarrad Davis were among the game’s two lowest-graded players.

And Detroit’s offense wasn’t much better. While rookie running back D’Andre Swift had some highlight plays in the game, it wasn’t enough to overcome the team’s struggles under center. Veteran Matthew Stafford left the game early with an ankle injury, and his replacements, Chase Daniel and David Blough, both earned sub-55.0 PFF grades on first review.

ROOKIE WATCH

Lions rookie offensive guard Jonah Jackson was maybe the lone highlight for the team in the blowout loss. He finished PFF’s first review of the broadcast film as Detroit’s highest-graded player and allowed zero pressures in pass protection.

Fellow rookie offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs didn’t have quite as good a game as Jackson, but he still earned a 70.0-plus pass-blocking grade and allowed just two pressures on first review.

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