The Tampa Bay Buccaneers advanced to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs after defeating the Washington Football Team on Saturday night. Ideally, the Bucs should be feeling good about the win, as they come a little closer into achieving their goal of winning a Super Bowl championship. However, head coach Bruce Arians wasn't smiling following their 31-23 victory.
Arians wasn't particularly happy with the way his team played defense for much of the night, and he did not hold back in calling it out.
Bruce Arians says his defense was "terrible up until the last eight minutes." Glad to see Lavonte David get the sack late, but missed tackles, gave up too much for much of the game.
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Linebacker Lavonte David did make a crucial late-game sack with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth. However, the 30-year old committed several errors throughout the match.
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Obviously, at this point of the season, Bruce Arians would want every aspect of the Buccaneers' game to be top-notch.
The Buccaneers certainly brought it on offense with six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady leading the way. Brady recorded 22-of-40 completions for 381 yards on the night. The 43-year old living legend also had two touchdown passes, one of which became the longest touchdown pass in the playoffs since 2012.
Aside from his personal feat, Brady also made history by becoming the oldest player ever to throw a touchdown pass in the postseason.
Tampa Bay will need to look at some film on how to polish up their defense, especially with tougher opponents coming up as they get deeper into the playoffs. The Buccaneers will now wait for the winner between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears on Sunday to determine their next opponent this weekend.
They would ideally like the Bears to pull of the upset over Drew Brees and the Saints, as this would pit them against the Los Angeles Rams at home next week. If the Saints win, Tampa Bay would fly over and play New Orleans.