Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are eliminated from the National Football League playoffs in a resounding loss. In what may be the last game with Brady as quarterback, the NFL team from Florida lost 14:31 to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday evening (local time) at the end of the wild card round.
After that, Brady avoided making any clear statements about his future: "I'm going home and I'll try to get as good a sleep as possible tonight. A lot of focus was on this game. One day at a time, really."
At halftime it was already 18-0 for the Texans around quarterback Dak Prescott, who were only annoyed by a record number of extra points awarded and will play against the 49ers in the divisional round on Sunday in San Francisco. Prescott, unlike Brady, had a strong evening, throwing four passes for touchdowns and getting one more.
For Brady and the Bucs, on the other hand, a disappointing season is over, and there has been speculation for a long time about a farewell to the seven-time Super Bowl winner. Even the end of the 45-year-old's career is not entirely out of the question. In his 23rd year in the NFL, Brady had more losses than wins in the main round for the first time with just 8 wins in 17 games.
"It was typical of how we've played all year. Not very effective in passing, not good in running. It's hard to be a good team when you play like that," Brady said.
For a long time, the Bucs didn't develop any danger at all against the Cowboys and even after the first touchdown at the end of the third quarter they were largely without a chance. "Sometimes you get lucky but more often than not the team that deserves it wins and they played well today," said Brady.
Bucs professional Russell Gage apparently injured his neck and neck in a collision three minutes before the end of the game and was only able to leave the field with the help of a vehicle.