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Tampa (United States) (AFP) – Quarterback Tom Brady fine-tuned his direction heading into the eighth Super Bowl of his career by beating the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 for the NFC on Sunday in the wild-card game of the NFL playoffs.
Brady completed 29 of 37 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also set out for their second straight Super Bowl title.
The star quarterback reaffirmed his big moment by expertly leading his second-seeded Buccaneers to victory.
The Tampen team jumped on the Eagles early on when Brady engineered two offensive TD drives in the same first quarter, while his rival counterpart, Jalen Hurts, couldn’t connect with his running backs to open the scoring.
Running back Giovani Bernard swooped in from two yards to score a touchdown on Tampa Bay’s opening possession after a 75-yard drive.
With the Eagles punting their first two possessions, the Bucs then doubled their lead with another rushing touchdown. This time it was Ke’Shawn Vaughn leaping from 1 yard out to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive.
Brady continued to taunt the Eagles defense with his excellent passes to finish off opponents in the first half as he went up 17-0 on a 34-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop.
The Buccaneers came back from the break at touchdown pace in the third quarter. Brady connected with offensive partner Rob Gronkowski in the end zone to make it 24-0, the 105th time the duo had combined for a touchdown.
An excellent interception by Bucs linebacker Shaq Barrett gave Brady prime position on the field once again, and the 44-year-old quarterback threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans to make it 31-0. on the blackboard.
Boston Scott ran for a 34-yard touchdown and Kenneth Gainwell caught a 16-yard touchdown to finally put Philadelphia on the board in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.
Tampa Bay’s next Divisional round opponent will only be determined after the other NFC wild-card games.
The fourth-seeded Dallas Cowboys host the San Francisco 49ers later in the day on Sunday, while the Los Angeles Rams face the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, both in the NFC.
In the remaining AFC wild-card game, the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Pittsburgh Steeleras on Sunday night.
– Weekend wild card games in the NFL:
Cincinnati a Las Vegas 26-19
Buffalo a New England 47-17
Tampa Bay a Filadelfia 31-15
San Francisco vs Dallas
Pittsburgh vs Kansas City
Arizona LA Rams
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