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Notes and stats from the Buccaneers 44-27 win over the Falcons

Tampa Bay has hit many milestones during 2020.

NFL: JAN 03 Falcons at Buccaneers
Mike Evans (13) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is excited after he makes a catch and becomes the only player in NFL history to begin his career with seven straight 1,000 yard season.
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- The Buccaneers finished the 2020 season with an 11-5 record – tied for the second most wins in a single season in team history and the first season with at least 11 wins since 2005.

- With today’s totals Mike Evans surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the seventh-straight season. Evans is the first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in seven consecutive seasons to begin his career, surpassing Randy Moss (six straight seasons). Evans finished his seventh season with a franchise-record 13 receiving touchdowns.

- With his 299th career start, QB Tom Brady surpassed Brett Favre (298) for the most starts in NFL history. Brady completed 26-of-41 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns, earning a 117.8 passer rating.

- For the seventh-straight game Brady threw multiple touchdown passes, setting a new franchise record for the most-consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes in team history. He also extended his single season passing touchdown franchise record to 40.

MOST SINGLE-SEASON PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) TD

1. Tom Brady (2020) 40

2. Jameis Winston (2019) 33

3. Jameis Winston (2016) 28

4. Josh Freeman (2012) 27

5. Brad Johnson (2003) 26

- Brady’s 40 touchdown passes rank fourth in the NFL through Sunday’s 1 p.m. games.

NFL PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS – 2020 SEASON (THROUGH SUNDAY’S 1 P.M. GAMES)

Rank Player (Team) Pass TD

1. Aaron Rodgers (GB) 44

2. Tom Brady (TB) 40

3t. Russell Wilson (SEA) 38

3t. Patrick Mahomes (KC) 38

5. Josh Allen (BUF) 37

- The 2020 season marks the second time in which Brady has thrown 40-or-more touchdowns in a season, tying for the second-most such seasons in NFL history – second to only Aaron Rodgers (3). He also surpassed Peyton Manning (37 in 2012 with Denver) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history by a player in his first season with a team (includes rookies). His 40 touchdown passes are also tied for the 13th-most in a season in NFL history through Sunday’s 1 p.m. games.

- Over his last eight quarters of football, Brady has thrown for 1,067 yards – the most passing yards over an eight-quarter span by any quarterback in the last 30 years.

- After throwing for 399 yards on Sunday, Brady pushed his season total to 4,633 yards, which finish as the second-most passing yards in a single season in team history.

MOST SINGLE-SEASON PASSING YARDS – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) Yards

1. Jameis Winston (2019) 5,109

2. Tom Brady (2020) 4,633

3. Jameis Winston (2016) 4,090

4. Josh Freeman (2012) 4,065

5. Jameis Winston (2015) 4,042

- With his record-setting season, Brady finished the year with a 102.2 passer rating – the best single-season passer rating in team history.

HIGHEST SINGLE-SEASON PASSER RATING – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

(Team History – Min. 224 Attempts)

Rank Player (Season) Rating

1. Tom Brady (2020) 102.2

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018) 100.4

3. Brian Griese (2004) 97.5

4. Josh Freeman (2010) 95.9

5. Jeff Garcia (2007) 94.6

- Brady also finished with the third-highest completion percentage in team history.

HIGHEST SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETION PERCENTAGE – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

(Team History – Min. 224 Attempts)

Rank Player (Season) Pct.

1. Brian Griese (2004) 69.3

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018) 66.7

3. Tom Brady (2020) 65.7

4. Jeff Garcia (2007) 64.9

5. Jameis Winston (2018) 64.6

- On the opening drive offensively, Brady connected with WR Chris Godwin for a 29-yard touchdown. The touchdown marked the sixth of the season for Godwin and the 23rd of his career, tying Bruce Hill (23) for the ninth-most in team history. He later tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter, tying him with Dave Moore for the eighth-most touchdown receptions in team history. Godwin finished the game with five receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.

MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

Rank Player (Seasons) TD

1. Mike Evans (2014-Present) 61

2. Jimmie Giles (1978-86) 34

3. Kevin House (1980-86) 31

4. Cameron Brate (2014-Present) 29

5. Joey Galloway (2004-08) 28

6. Mark Carrier (1987-92) 27

7. Mike Williams (2010-13) 25

8t. Chris Godwin (2017-Present) 24

8t. Dave Moore (1992-2001, 2004-06) 24

10. Bruce Hill (1987-91) 23

- Through his first four NFL seasons, Godwin has totaled 3,540 career receiving yards, surpassing Gerald Carter (3,443) for the ninth-most receiving yards in team history.

MOST RECEIVING YARDS – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

Rank Player (Seasons) Yards

1. Mike Evans (2014-Present) 8,266

2. Mark Carrier (1987-92) 5,018

3. Kevin House (1980-86) 4,928

4. Vincent Jackson (2012-16) 4,326

5. Jimmie Giles (1978-86) 4,300

6. Joey Galloway (2004-08) 3,912

7. Keyshawn Johnson (2000-03) 3,828

8. Chris Godwin (2017-Present) 3,540

9. James Wilder (1981-89) 3,492

10. Gerald Carter (1981-87) 3,443

- Today’s game is the fifth career game with multiple touchdown receptions for Godwin, tying Joey Galloway for the second-most such games in team history. Today’s game also marked Godwin’s 11th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tying Galloway and Keyshawn Johnson for the fifth-most such games in team history.

- WR Antonio Brown led the team with 11 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He has recorded 11,746 career receiving yards, surpassing Calvin Johnson (11,619) for the 31st-most receiving yards in NFL history.

- Ronald Jones II led the team in rushing, carrying the ball 12 times for 78 yards (6.5 avg.), tacking on his seventh rushing touchdown of the season, setting a new single season career high.

- In addition, Brown hauled in his third and fourth touchdown receptions of the season recording the 78th and 79th touchdowns of his NFL career, surpassing Joey Galloway (77) and tying Harold Carmichael (79) and Charley Taylor (79) for the 30th-most touchdown receptions in NFL history.

- With today’s totals, Brown reached 886 career receptions, surpassing Keenan McCardell (883) for the 23rd-most catches in NFL history.

- Brown now has seven career games with at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and multiple receiving touchdowns – the most such games in NFL history.

- With his 137th career start, LB Lavonte David tied Buccaneers Ring of Honor member Mike Alstott (137) for the fifth-most starts in team history. David finished the game with eight tackles (one for loss) and one forced fumble.

- Since he entered the league in 2014, David ranks fourth in the NFL with 24 forced fumbles.

NFL FORCED FUMBLE LEADERS – SINCE 2012 (THROUGH SUNDAY’S 1 P.M. GAMES)

Rank Player (Team) FF

1t. Chandler Jones (ARI) 27

1t. Robert Quinn (CHI 27

3. J.J. Watt (HOU) 25

4. Lavonte David (TB) 24

5t. Khalil Mack (CHI) 23

5t. Von Miller (DEN) 23

- Making his first start of the season, LB Kevin Minter led the team with nine tackles, adding one pass defensed.

- S Antoine Winfield Jr. recorded his first-career fumble recovery in the second quarter leading to a Tampa Bay field goal.

- In the fourth quarter, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting sealed the Tampa Bay win with his second-career forced fumble and his first-career fumble recovery.

- DL Ndamukong Suh earned a sack in Sunday’s game, bringing the team total to 48.0 this season – the second-most sacks in a season in franchise history. Suh pushed his season total to 6.0 – the most sacks he has had in a season since 2015.

MOST SACKS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season Sacks

1. 2000 55.0

2. 2020 48.0

3. 2019 47.0

4. 2004 45.0

5. 1997 44.0

- For the second-consecutive season, the Buccaneers finished as the league’s top run defense. Allowing 1,289 rushing yards on the year marked the third-fewest in team history and the second-fewest among 16-game seasons.

FEWEST RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season Yards

1. 1982 1,058*

2. 2019 1,181

3. 2020 1,289

4. 2012 1,320

5. 1999 1,407

* Nine game season

- K Ryan Succop converted 3-of-3 field goal attempts in the game, while also making each of his five extra points. He finished the season with 136 points – the most points scored by a kicker in team history.

MOST SINGLE SEASON POINTS BY A KICKER – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) Points

1. Ryan Succop (2020) 136

2. Matt Bryant (2008) 131

3. Martin Gramatica (2002) 128

4. Martin Gramatica (2000) 126

5. Matt Gay (2019) 124

- After scoring 44 points on Sunday, the Buccaneers finished with 492 points scored on the season – setting a franchise record for the most points scored in a single season, surpassing the 2019 team (458). In addition, the Buccaneers scored 24-or-more points for the seventh-straight game, marking the longest such streak in franchise history.

MOST POINTS SCORED IN A SEASON – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

Rank Season Points

1. 2020 Buccaneers 492

2. 2019 Buccaneers 458

3. 2018 Buccaneers 396

4. 2012 Buccaneers 389

5. 2000 Buccaneers 388

- With 485 net yards of offense on Sunday, the Buccaneers totaled 6,145 yards on the season, which rank as the third-most in a season in team history.

MOST SINGLE SEASON NET YARDS – BUCCANEERS HISTORY

Rank Season Yards

1. 2018 Buccaneers 6,648

2. 2019 Buccaneers 6,366

3. 2020 Buccaneers 6,145

4. 2015 Buccaneers 6,014

5. 2012 Buccaneers 5,820

- The Buccaneers finished the 2020 season as one of the most prolific offenses in team history, finishing inside the top five in a number of key offensive categories:

MOST NET PASSING YARDS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season Yards

1. 2018 5,125

2. 2019 4,845

3. 2020 4,626

4. 2017 4,366

5. 2012 3,983

MOST TOUCHDOWNS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season TD

1. 2020 59

2. 2019 54

3. 2018 48

4. 2012 44

5. 2000 43

MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season TD

1. 2020 42

2. 2018 36

3. 2019 33

4. 2016 29

5. 2003 27

5. 2012 27

MOST FIRST DOWNS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season 1st

1. 2018 388

2. 2020 364

3. 2019 353

4. 2017 352

5. 1984 344

MOST PASSING FIRST DOWNS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season 1st

1. 2018 265

2. 2019 244

3. 2017 243

4. 2020 238

5. 2016 220

BEST POINT DIFFERENTIAL - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

Rank Season Differential

1. 2002 +150

2. 2020 +137

3. 2000 +119

4. 2007 +64

5. 1981 +47