NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (11-5) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (7-9)
WILD CARD // SATURDAY, JAN. 9, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: All-time series tied, 1-1
STREAKS: Washington won last meeting
LAST GAME: 1/7/06: Washington 17 at Buccaneers 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: First postseason game at site
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 11-10
STREAKS: Washington has won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Washington 16 at Buccaneers 3
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/15: Washington 31, Buccaneers 30
TAMPA BAY: 6-9
TAMPA BAY: 30.8
TAMPA BAY: 22.2
TAMPA BAY: 384.1
BUCCANEERS earned 1st playoff berth since 2007. • BRUCE ARIANS makes playoff debut with TB, his 3rd career postseason appearance as HC (3 games with Az.). • TAMPA BAY had one player selected to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: LB JASON PIERRE PAUL. • BUCCANEERS OFFENSE ranked 3rd in points per game (30.8) & allowed 4th-fewest sacks (22) in 2020. • TAMPA BAY DEFENSE allowed fewest rush yards per game (80.6) & ranked tied-4th in sacks (48).
QB TOM BRADY is postseason all-time leader in starts (41), completions (1,025), pass yards (11,388), pass TDs (73) & Super Bowl titles (6). Ranked tied-2nd in pass TDs (franchise-record 40) & 3rd in pass yards (4,633) in 2020 & became 5th QB in NFL history with 2+ seasons (2) of 40+ TD passes. Aims for his 6th start in row vs. Was. with 285+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. • RB RONALD JONES set career-highs in scrimmage yards (1,143), rush yards (978) & rush TDs (7) in 2020. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 286 scrimmage yards (95.3 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 3 career playoff games. Aims for his 3rd in row in postseason with 75+ rush yards & rush TD. • WR MIKE EVANS ranked 4th in NFL in rec. TDs (13) this season. Had 1,006 rec. yards in 2020 & is 1st player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 7 seasons. Has 15 receptions for 373 yards (186.5 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 2 career games at Was. WR CHRIS GODWIN has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 on road. Is 1 of 5 WRs with 7+ TD catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR ANTONIO BROWN has 51 receptions for 837 yards (83.7 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 10 career playoff games. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 12 career postseason rec. TDs, tied-2nd most in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 8th-career 100+ tackle (117) season. Has 23 FFs since 2014, tied-most in NFL. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 12.5 sacks, 4 FFs & 2 FRs in 13 career games vs. Was. Has 4 TFL & 4 PD in 4 career postseason games. DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 5 sacks in 6 career postseason games.
WASHINGTON earned 1st division title since 2015. • RON RIVERA makes playoff debut as Was. HC, his 5th career postseason appearance as NFL HC. (7 games with Car.). • WASHINGTON had two players selected to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: G BRANDON SCHERFF & rookie DE CHASE YOUNG. • WASHINGTON’S DEFENSE ranked 2nd in total yards allowed per game (304.6), 2nd in pass yards allowed per game (191.8), 4th in points allowed per game (20.6), tied-5th in interceptions (16) & 6th in sacks (47).
QB ALEX SMITH has 1,745 pass yards (249.3 per game) & 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating in 7 career postseason starts (with SF & KC). Team is 5-0 in his past 5 starts in 2020. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 100.5 rating in his last game vs. TB (11/11/18). • RB ANTONIO GIBSON (rookie) had 11 rush TDs, tied-most among rookies (JONATHAN TAYLOR) this season. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. RB J.D. MCKISSIC ranked 2nd among RBs in receptions (career-high 80) & rec. yards (career-high 589) & joined LARRY CENTERS (81 catches in 2000) as only Was. RBs with 80+ receptions in single season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. Had TD catch in his last postseason game (1/5/19 – NFC-W w/ Sea.). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 87 receptions & 1,118 rec. yards, first Was. WR with 80+ receptions & 1,100+ rec. yards in single season since PIERRE GARCON (2013). Was 1 of 3 NFC WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 9+ games (9) of 7+ receptions in 2020. TE LOGAN THOMAS led NFC TEs with career-high 72 receptions & ranked 2nd with 670 rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches. • DE CHASE YOUNG led all rookies in sacks (7.5) & TFL (10). Has FR in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE MONTEZ SWEAT led team with career-high 9 sacks. Has sack in 3 of his past 4. LB JON BOSTIC led team with career-high 118 tackles. S KAMREN CURL was only rookie DB with 85+ tackles (88) & 3+ INTs (3) in 2020. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of his past 9. CB KENDALL FULLER led team with 4 INTs in 2020. Had INT in his last postseason appearance (SBLIV w/ KC).
TV: NBC/Universo (8:15 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Kathryn Tappen (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Ron Jaworski SIRIUS: 82 (TB), 211 (Was) | XM: 226 (TB), 225 (Was), 88 (National)