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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady helped end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought by throwing four touchdown passes during a 47-7 blowout win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday, clinching Tampa Bay’s first postseason berth since 2007.
Brady was appearing in his 300th regular-season game, in the same city, Detroit, where his career began 20 years ago on Thanksgiving Day. He led five touchdown drives in the first half Saturday before giving way to backup Blaine Gabbert in the second half. Tampa Bay compiled 589 yards of total offense.
Brady put together the best first half of his career, completing 22 of 27 passes for 348 yards. He is the only player over the past 40 seasons with at least 240 passing yards and four TDs before halftime, according to Elias Sports Bureau. (Brady also threw for 345 yards and five TDs in the first half against the Titans in 2009.)
On the opening drive, Brady found Rob Gronkowski on a deep fade route for a 33-yard touchdown, before hitting Mike Evans on a go-route for a 27-yard touchdown on the next possession. It was the first time since Week 4