The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading into the playoffs with firm poise as the defending Super Bowl champions. The road ahead will feature some tough challenges as the Buccaneers attempt to become the first team to repeat since Tom Brady accomplished that feat with the New England Patriots nearly two decades ago. Before Tampa Bay begins its postseason quest, Brady aired some surprising comments about the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers to secure the second overall playoff seed
The Buccaneers ventured into Week 18 action with an opportunity to secure the NFC’s No. 2 playoffs seed.
Tampa Bay held their end of the bargain by comfortably moving past the lowly Carolina Panthers for the second time in the last three weeks. Brady added the final layer to another MVP-caliber campaign a strong performance, completing 29-of-37 passes for 326 yards with three touchdown passes and a 130.4 passer rating.
The 44-year-old finished the 2021 regular season ranked first with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes and second with a 68.5 quarterback rating. He also set an NFL single-season record with 485 pass completions and a career-best mark in passing yards.
The win over the Panthers combined with the Los Angeles Rams’ overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers elevated Tampa Bay to the second overall seed. As the Buccaneers head into the wild card matchup against the Eagles, Brady voiced a surprising remark about his team’s upcoming opponent.
Tom Brady delivers a surprising take about the Eagles before the Wild Card round playoff matchup
The Buccaneers will begin their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions with a wild card matchup against the Eagles.
Philadelphia pushed their way into one of the final playoff spots, winning four out of their last five games. After Tampa Bay topped the Panthers, Brady voiced some surprisingly strong comments about the Eagles.
“We’re going to have to play our best game of the year,” Brady said. “This is the toughest opponent all year. We’re playing a team that’s very talented. They made it to this point for a reason and we got to do everything we can do to get the win. This is a football team that is playing really well. They have been playing good on offense. Good defense. A very good [defensive] front. They have been very healthy and it’s going to be a tough game.”
Although much of what the 44-year-old is saying is media talk, he firmly underlined that Philadelphia is the most formidable opponent. Brady likely wanted to set the tone within the Buccaneers’ locker room to keep their focus honed in as the Eagles won six out of their last eight games.
Jalen Hurts demonstrated steady improvement while the Eagles defense allowed 18 or fewer points in five straight games before the regular-season finale 51-26 blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Brady clearly wants his team to take no challenge lightly, and his words will hold plenty of weight as the Buccaneers prepare for Sunday’s matchup.
Tom Brady won’t have any shortage of motivation against the Eagles
Brady may have set numerous NFL records with seven Super Bowl wins under his belt, but there is never a shortage of motivating factors.
The star quarterback won’t have to look far to dig deeper into that realm, as he will likely use the Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles as an anchoring point. Since then, Philadelphia has possessed a much different roster, but all that remains the same for Brady.
All those aspects set the table for an entertaining wild card matchup.