2020 Schedule

2020 Schedule
11-5, 2nd in NFC South
3h

ESPN Daily: Barnwell on NFL Divisional Playoffs

The NFL divisional playoffs went down to the wire, and the conference championship games are set! Tom Brady and the Bucs made the Saints pay for some costly turnovers, as Tampa finished off New Orleans. Led by backup QB Chad Henne, the Kansas City Chiefs held on to beat the Cleveland Browns after Patrick Mahomes went down with a concussion. Aaron Rodgers played like he was immortal, with the Packers proving the mortality of the Rams defense. The football cosmos favored the Buffalo Bills against the Baltimore Ravens. So what’s all this mean for who keeps winning? Bill Barnwell brings his best takes. Then retired MLB player Doug Glanville shares what being a Black father means for his next move in baseball.

Brady catches up with Brees and family after game, TB12 throws to Brees' kids (0:35)
7h
Brady gives high praise to Bucs defense, ready for Packers (0:53)
9h
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10hJenna Laine

Bucs find their 'identity,' reach NFC championship

Led by Tom Brady and a defense that showed what it's capable of, the Buccaneers defeated the Saints on Sunday night to reach the NFC Championship Game, where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers await.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs linebacker Devin White: "We had to look ourselves in the mirror and challenge ourselves on who we wanted to be. Everybody always asked what was our identity. We didn't have an answer. But Coach BA had an answer. He said, 'We're some mother-f-----s who are gonna find a way to win the game.'"

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Michael Thomas was shut out: 0 catches on 4 targets. Carlton Davis lined up opposite Thomas on 18 of his 25 routes run, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Davis was the nearest defender on three of Thomas' targets; Sean Murphy-Bunting was the nearest defender on the other.

Brady trolls ref with high-five after TD (0:26)
7h

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have done it. Tom Brady and the Bucs defeat the Saints 30-20 and are headed to just their fourth NFC title game in franchise history. Best performance by their young defense all season, by-far.

0:12

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Next Gen Stats dots on the Devin White interception -- though these aren't going to do that stiff arm justice!

Brady connects with Fournette on short Bucs' TD (0:15)
10h

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Mission accomplished for the Bucs. The game's tied at 20-20 going into the fourth quarter. The Bucs couldn't have asked for more...this is what Tom Brady lives for. He just hasn't had any success going deep tonight. Does the defense have one more takeaway left?

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs' formula for winning: keep it close in quarters 1-3, pull away in the fourth quarter. A 13-13 score at halftime is about as good as you can expect from this young defense. The offense has has to get going though...they've gotta hit some of these tight-window throws.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

After being down 31-0 at halftime in their last meeting with the Saints in Week 9, the Bucs' defense has surprisingly kept them in this thing, and it's the offense that has struggled (with the exception of the trick play with Jameis Winston). Leonard Fournette is running really well though, averaging 4.8 yards a pop at the halfway mark.

Brees INT leads to Bucs TD (1:05)
10h

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

How did Tre'Quan Smith get *that* open on his touchdown reception from Jameis Winston? Four defenders on Alvin Kamara is a pretty good start. (Next Gen Stats)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Saints DC Dennis Allen what he thinks Tampa's offense has been doing especially well during 5-game win streak. He said they're hitting their deep balls and they've done a “really nice job” with play-action shot game. The Saints have matched up so well against Bucs' talented WRs (CB Marshon Lattimore holding Mike Evans to 0 catches when they're matched up over last 3 meetings; S C.J. Gardner-Johnson matching up well with Chris Godwin in slot). But Antonio Brown addition makes it tougher.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Taysom Hill and RB Latavius Murray were officially declared inactive for Sunday's game – meaning Alvin Kamara will have to carry an even heavier load than usual against the Buccaneers' No. 1-ranked run defense. Ty Montgomery could also chip in. The good news is the Saints' WRs are all healthy. Other Saints inactives: CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring), WR Juwan Johnson, DT Malcolm Roach, OL Derrick Kelly, CB Ken Crawley.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs' inactives vs the Saints: QB Ryan Griffin, WR Justin Watson, RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, S Javon Hagan, G Earl Watford, TE Antony Auclair and DL Jeremiah Ledbetter. Elevations: S Javon Hagan (IA), LB Deone Bucannon and OL Ted Larsen.

21h

NYGD on 98.7 ESPN: Who wins today?

Anita Marks. Chris Canty & Mike Tannenbaum react to yesterday's NFL Divisional Round action and look ahead to today's slate on 98.7 ESPN. Plus, what should the Jets do next?

Team Stats

Passing Yards289.12nd
Rushing Yards94.9Tied-28th
Points For30.83rd
Points Against22.225th