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STORY OF THE GAME
Brady completed 22-of-40 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns on his way to a 90.0-plus PFF passing grade and a 31-23 playoff win over Washington. Veteran wide receiver Mike Evans led the team in receiving with six receptions for 119 yards. Chris Godwin dropped five passes on the day but still managed to haul in five of his targets for 79 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, veteran running back Leonard Fournette stepped up for the injured Ronald Jones. Fournette rushed for 93 yards and a score across his 19 carries, with more than 40 yards coming after contact.
Heinicke also earned a 90.0-plus PFF passing grade on first review. He completed 26-of-44 passes for 306 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. He also rushed for 46 yards and a highlight-reel touchdown on the ground.
Neither team put together a strong defensive performance. Tampa Bay left Washington pass-catchers wide open on multiple occasions, and the fearsome defensive line for the Football Team couldn’t do enough to limit Brady & Co.
Buccaneers rookie offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs was his usual dominant self. He finished PFF’s first review of the broadcast film with 70.0-plus run-blocking and pass-blocking grades.
The current favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year, Washington's Chase Young, didn’t stand out as a pass-rusher against Tampa Bay, but he did show up in run defense. He earned a 75.0-plus PFF run-defense grade with multiple defensive stops on first review.
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