Buccaneers win first playoff game in nearly two decades over WFT

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Washington Football Team on Saturday night. The Buccaneers won 31-23 over the WFT at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

This was the first Saturday game of the first NFL playoff triple header during Wild Card weekend. The second tripleheader will come on Sunday when three additional teams will compete to advance to the Divisional Round.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady attempts a pass against the Washington Football Team
Tom Brady attempts a pass against the Washington Football Team (Photo by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Instagram)

The Buccaneers won their first playoff game on January 26, 2003. On that day, Tampa Bay won their first Super Bowl in team history with a Super Bowl XXXVII win over the Oakland Raiders.

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Tom Brady also won his first game during the Wild Card round.

With the win, the Buccaneers advance to the NFC Divisional round. Tampa Bay will find out who their opponent will be on Sunday.

Brady went 22 of 40 for 381 yards. He had two touchdown passes.

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Leonard Fournette had 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. Mike Evans had six receptions for 119 yards.

WFT quarterback Taylor Heinicke — who was making his NFL playoff debut — went 26 of 44 for 306 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Heinicke also had six carries for 46 yards and a touchdown. Cam Sims also had seven receptions for 104 yards.

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Fournette had a rushing touchdown for the Buccaneers. Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown combined for two touchdown receptions.

Kicker Ryan Succop also had four field goals.

The Buccaneers also missed an extra point and a two-point conversion.

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Heinicke and J.D. McKissic combined for rushing touchdowns for the WFT. Steven Sims Jr. also caught a touchdown reception.

Kicker Dustin Hopkins also made a field goal.

WFT also failed a two-point conversion attempt following Heinicke’s rushing touchdown.

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