Good Monday morning, sports fans. I hope this newsletter finds you well-rested and with your fantasy team still alive in the playoffs.
Mine, unfortunately, is going to miss by just a hair… but I’ll power through the heartbreak and bring you everything you need to know from a wild Week 14 — and much more.
Let’s get right to it.
Good morning to everyone but especially to…
TOM BRADY AND THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Break the NFL completions record? Check.Throw your 700th career touchdown pass (including the playoffs)? Check.Have that 700th career touchdown pass also be the game-winner in overtime? Check.
That was all in a day’s work for Tom Brady, who found Breshad Perriman for a 58-yard walk-off score as the Buccaneers beat the Bills, 33-27.
For much of the afternoon, it didn’t look like any heroics would be needed, because:
Tampa Bay led 24-3 at halftime, with Brady and Leonard Fournette both rushing for touchdowns and Brady tossing a touchdown to Mike Evans.But Josh Allen led a remarkable Bills second-half comeback with a rushing touchdown and passing touchdowns to Dawson Knox and Gabriel Davis.In overtime, Buffalo punted on its first drive. Shortly thereafter, Brady found Perriman streaking across the field. Perriman outran the Bills’ defense to the endzone.
It was far from perfect, but Tampa made enough plays when it needed to, says NFL our writer Tyler Sullivan:
Sullivan: “While the defense did allow 24 points to the Bills over the final two quarters of regulation, they were able to merely bend and not break as Buffalo brought the football all the way down to the Tampa Bay 7-yard line with less than 30 seconds to play. … In overtime, the unit looked more like what we saw in the first half and forced a quick three-and-out, which then…..