- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense came up with four takeaways, including three interceptions, that led to 21 points in the 30-20 win over the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay earned a spot in the NFC Championship Game for the fourth time in team history.
- The Buccaneers’ three interceptions tied for the second-most in a playoff game in franchise history, while the four takeaways ranked third.
MOST SINGLE GAME INTERCEPTIONS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Opponent, Date INT
1. vs. OAK, 1/26/03 5
2t. at NO, 1/17/21 3
2t. vs. SF, 1/12/03 3
2t. at STL, 1/23/00 3
5t. at GB, 1/4/98 2
5t. at DAL, 1/9/83 2
MOST SINGLE GAME TAKEAWAYS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Opponent, Date TA
1t. vs. OAK, 1/26/03 5
1t. vs. SF, 1/12/03 5
3. at NO, 1/17/21 4
4t. at PHI, 1/19/03 3
4t. at STL, 1/23/00 3
4t. at GB, 1/4/98 3
4t. at DAL, 1/9/83 3
- For the second-straight playoff game, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting recorded an interception. He joins Rondé Barber(1/12/03-1/19/03) as the only players in team postseason history with interceptions in back-to-back games. Among all NFL players, Murphy-Bunting is the first with an interception in consecutive playoff games since Richard Sherman (1/11/20-1/19/20).
- The second Buccaneers takeaway came on a forced fumble by rookie S Antoine Winfield Jr. that was scooped up by LB Devin White and returned 18 yards. The forced fumble was the first of Winfield Jr.’s postseason career and his third overall this season. White has six career fumble recoveries between the regular season and postseason.
- With 7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, White picked off Saints QB Drew Brees, recording his first career playoff interception and his second overall, returning it 28 yards.
- White led the team with 11 tackles, tying for the most tackles in a playoff game in team history.
MOST SINGLE GAME TACKLES – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Player (Opp, Date) Tackles
1t. Devin White (at NO, 1/17/21) 11
1t. Derrick Brooks (vs. NYG, 1/6/08) 11
1t. Jermaine Phillips (vs. NYG, 1/6/08) 11
1t. Shelton Quarles (vs. WAS, 1/7/06) 11
1t. Jamie Duncan (at PHI, 12/31/00) 11
- S Mike Edwards came up with the team’s third interception with 4:01 remaining in the game, recording his first career playoff interception and his third overall.
- Offensively, QB Tom Brady went 18-of-33 for 199 yards and three total touchdowns. The postseason win was the 32nd of Brady’s NFL career, which are the most playoff wins by any player in league history.
MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Player TD
1. Brad Johnson 5
2. Tom Brady 4
3. Doug Williams 2
4t. Trent Dilfer 1
4t. Jeff Garcia 1
4t. Shaun King 1
MOST PLAYOFF PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – NFL HISTORY
Rank Player TD
1. Tom Brady 78
2. Joe Montana 45
3. Brett Favre 44
4. Aaron Rodgers 42
5. Peyton Manning 40
- Following Murphy-Bunting’s interception, the Buccaneers offense scored on the first play as Brady hit WR Mike Evans for a three-yard touchdown. The receiving touchdown was the first of Evans’ postseason career.
- Brady’s second touchdown of the game came following the Winfield Jr. forced fumble when he hit RB Leonard Fournettefor a six-yard touchdown, marking Fournette’s first-career postseason receiving touchdown. Fournette has six scrimmage touchdowns in his five-career postseason games, tying for the sixth-most scrimmage touchdowns among all active NFL players.
- Fournette went over 100 yards from scrimmage for the second-straight game. He finished with 107 yards from scrimmage at New Orleans – the fourth-most in Buccaneers postseason history. Fournette has recorded 75-or-more scrimmage yards in each of his five postseason appearances.
MOST SINGLE GAME SCRIMMAGE YARDS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Player (Opp, Date) Yards
1. Ricky Bell (vs. PHI, 12/29/79 142
2. Leonard Fournette (at WAS, 1/9/21) 132
3. Michael Pittman (vs. OAK, 1/26/03) 124
4. Leonard Fournette (at NO, 1/17/21) 107
5. Keyshawn Johnson (at PHI, 12/31/00) 106
- Fournette’s 239 yards from scrimmage are the fifth-most in Buccaneers postseason history.
- With 4:57 remaining in the fourth quarter, Brady put the Buccaneers up by 10 points, scoring on a one-yard rush. The rushing touchdown was the seventh of his postseason career, which rank as the second-most by a quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Steve Young (8).
MOST PLAYOFF RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY A QB – NFL HISTORY
Rank Player TD
1. Steve Young 8
2. Tom Brady 7
3t. John Elway 6
3t. Steve McNair 6
5. Otto Graham 5
- TE Cameron Brate led the team with 50 yards receiving. He has put forth a top five tight end receiving performance in each of Tampa Bay’s postseason games this year. His 130 postseason receiving yards rank seventh in team history.
MOST SINGLE GAME RECEIVING YARDS BY A TE – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Player (Opp, Date) TD
1. Jimmie Giles (at DAL, 1/2/82) 98
2. Cameron Brate (at WAS, 1/9/21) 80
3. Dave Moore (at GB, 1/4/98) 54
4. Cameron Brate (at NO, 1/17/21) 50
5. Jimmie Giles (vs. PHI, 12/29/79) 43
- K Ryan Succop made 3-of-3 field goal attempts in the game. He is 11-for-11 (1.000) in his playoff career.
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Player FGM
1. Martin Gramatica 11
2. Ryan Succop 7
3. Michael Husted 2
4t. Matt Bryant 1
4t. Bill Capece 1
4t. Neil O’Donoghue 1
MOST SINGLE GAME FIELD GOALS MADE – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Player (Opp, Date) FGM
1. Ryan Succop (at WAS, 1/9/21) 4
2t. Ryan Succop (at NO, 1/17/21) 3
2t. Martin Gramatica (at PHI, 1/12/02) 3
4t. Martin Gramatica (vs. OAK, 1/26/03) 2
4t. Martin Gramatica (at PHI, 1/19/03) 2
4t. Martin Gramatica (at STL, 1/23/00) 2
4t. Michael Husted (vs. DET, 12/28/97) 2
MOST SINGLE GAME POINTS SCORED – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Opponent, Date Points
1. vs. OAK, 1/26/03 48
2t. at WAS, 1/9/21 31
2t. vs. SF, 1/12/03 31
4. at NO, 1/17/21 30
5. at PHI, 1/19/03 27
MOST SINGLE GAME NET YARDS – BUCCANEERS POSTSEASON HISTORY
Rank Opponent, Date Yards
1. at WAS, 1/9/21 507
2. vs. OAK, 1/26/03 365
3. vs. SF, 1/12/03 329
4. vs. PHI, 12/29/79 318
5t. at NO, 1/17/21 316
5t. vs. DET, 12/28/97 316