How the Buccaneers got to the Divisional Round: Key draft picks, wins, 2022 NFL playoff results and more


The No. 2 seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers took care of business against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Wild Card Weekend, but will face their biggest test of the season in the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Rams.

The No. 4 seed Rams will travel to Tampa Bay for a berth in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday live on NBC and peacock at 3 p.m. ET., but beating Tom Brady on the road in the playoffs is easier said than done.

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Brady, 44, wasted no time making Tampa Bay feel like home. In 2020, his first season after leaving the New England Patriots, he accomplished the unprecedented feat of winning a Super Bowl at home, when the Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium

His career playoff record is 35-11, a .760 win percentage which ranks the highest among quarterbacks with a minimum of 15 playoff games. Brady is also the all-time leader in career playoff wins, more than double the amount of Joe Montana in second place with 16 wins.

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Wild Card round results

  • 31-15 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • Round 1, pick 32 – Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, LB, Washington
  • Round 2, pick 64 – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
  • Round 3, pick 95 – Robert Hainsey, G, Notre Dame 
  • Round 4, pick 129 (from SEA) – Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas 
  • Round 5, pick 176 – K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn
  • Round 7, pick 251 – Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU
  • Round 7, pick 259 – Grant Stuard, LB, Houston

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Key personnel: Coaches and players

  • Head coach: Bruce Arians
  • Quarterback: Tom Brady
  • Wide receiver: Mike Evans
  • Tight end: Rob Gronkowski
  • Nose tackle: Vita Vea
  • Linebacker: Devin White

Buccaneers regular season results

  • Overall record: 13-4
  • Key wins/biggest win of the season: 33-27 victory against Buffalo Bills in Week 14

Buccaneers recent playoff history

  • Won NFC South title this season (first division title since 2007)… Won Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs last season

How to watch Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
  • When: Sunday, January 23
  • Start Time: 3:00 p.m. ET; Live coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America.
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock Premium or with the NBC Sports App

What are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chances this postseason?

So far, the Buccaneers and Rams look the part as Super Bowl contenders. And while the Green Bay Packers haven’t played yet, it’s safe to say either the Buccaneers or Rams would be poised to give Aaron Rodgers and company a solid challenge.

Tampa Bay’s 31-15 victory over Philadelphia looks like a comfortable 16-point victory on paper, but the final score still isn’t indicative of how dominant the Buccaneers were on Sunday.

Entering the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers had a 31-0 lead and were in cruise control on both sides of the ball. Brady completed 29-of-37 attempts for 271 yards and two touchdowns while Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts fell short in his playoff debut, completing just 23-of-43 attempts for 258 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. 

On the day, Tampa Bay forced three turnovers on defense and held Philadelphia’s offense, the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL, to just 95 total yards rushing — 64.7 yards short of their 17-game average during the regular season.

Buccaneers Record vs. playoff teams: 4-1.


  • 31-29 vs. Dallas Cowboys in Week 1
  • 19-17 vs. New England Patriots in Week 4
  • 28-22 vs. Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6
  • 33-27 vs. Buffalo Bills in Week 14


  • 34-24 vs. Los Angeles Rams in Week 3

In terms of how Brady might fare against the Rams this weekend, he’s had some success airing it out against Los Angeles’ secondary despite the early regular season loss. 

Brady completed 41-of-55 attempts for 432 yards and one touchdown, turning in a passer rating of 103.0 in that defeat, but the real area of concern for Tampa Bay will come from running the ball, where its offense only combined for a total of 35 rushing yards on 13 attempts – a subpar 2.7 yards per carry average.

Nevertheless, the Buccaneers will always have a chance as long as No. 12 is under center. 

Over his final six starts of the regular season since the start of December, Brady has completed 176-of-262 attempts (67.2 percent) for 1,913 yards (318.8 yards per game) with 13 touchdowns to just three interceptions. 

The Buccaneers will hope to have right tackle Tristan Wirfs (ankle), center Ryan Jensen (leg) and backup offensive tackle Josh Wells (quad) available against the Rams after all three suffered injuries during the team’s win over the Eagles. And going up against a stout Rams defensive front that recorded two sacks and five quarterback hits on Kyler Murray, Brady will need all the help up front he can get.

Be sure to check back after each game for final scores and follow ProFootballTalk for more on the 2022 NFL Playoffs as well as game previews, recaps, news, rumors, and more.

NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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