Green Bay and Tennessee will have the benefit of a week’s rest against San Francisco and Cincinnati. Buffalo and Kansas City will provide tougher tests for each other after coasting last week. The Bucs and the Rams’ veteran quarterbacks will take center stage.
Matthew Stafford and Odell Beckham Jr., prolific stars with little postseason notoriety, propelled the Rams to a wild-card round victory over the Cardinals on Monday.
The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo managed their game plan just well enough to upset the Cowboys, but blowouts in the rest of the wild-card matchups showed the folly of playoff expansion.
Quarterback Tom Brady’s record in the playoffs improved to 35-11 as Tampa Bay clamped down on the league’s top rushing team.
The Eagles ran up against the Buccaneers’ fearsome defense. Now the 49ers and Cowboys will square off ahead of the Steelers and Kansas City in prime time.
The offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has customized the Buccaneers’ offense to its hodgepodge of stars, injury replacements and holdovers.
The postseason’s first weekend will see the third matchup between the Patriots and the Bills, and for the Cardinals and the Rams.
Only one of these teams will prove us wrong.
Burrow-to-Chase can do damage in the playoffs, and Tom Brady and the Buccaneers aren’t exactly where they want to be at this point in the season.
The receiver shed his jersey, threw it into the stands and left. Afterward, Tampa Bay Coach Bruce Arians said, “He is no longer a Buc.”
The ex-N.F.L. player Vincent Jackson was found dead in a hotel room days after his former team won the Super Bowl. In light of his C.T.E. diagnosis, his widow recounted Jackson’s decline.
The Buccaneers will presumably throw the ball against the Bills, and Dallas and Washington will jangle the N.F.C. East order.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver and two other players had fake vaccination cards in violation of the Covid-19 protocols established between the league and its players’ union.
Thanks to the New England Patriots’ six-game win streak and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ light schedule, the pair seem to be on a collision course.
Tom Brady has help in Tampa Bay, the Bengals are forcing the issue in the A.F.C. North race, and the Rams have some soul-searching to do.
Playoff jockeying will get intense as the Cowboys try to fend off the Raiders, the Colts make their postseason case against the Bucs, and the Rams and Packers fight for a first-round bye.
Mac Jones is leading the Patriots back into the A.F.C.’s elite and Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are winless so far this November.
As tempting as it is to blame parity, there are other causes for the underdog wins that have shaped the 2021 regular season.
The Saints’ defense stepped up when Jameis Winston went down, Josh Allen shook off an uncharacteristically sloppy start, and wide receivers around the league auditioned for Tuesday’s trade deadline.
Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson play for A.F.C. supremacy, the Cardinals travel to Cleveland looking to go 6-0, and the Packers meet the rival Bears.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom he coached to a Super Bowl win, have removed him from their Ring of Honor, and a shoe company no longer wants his endorsement.
Aaron Rodgers found the personnel he’d hoped for in a wild win over the Bengals, the Cardinals’ defense helped them get to 5-0 and the Buccaneers showed the Dolphins what a Florida rebuild should look like.
Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback, returned to New England for the first time since leaving and surpassed Drew Brees’s mark on a first-quarter play.
Sherman is facing criminal charges for five misdemeanors, including two for domestic violence, from an arrest this summer. The free agent cornerback was recruited to Tampa Bay by his former rival.
Dak Prescott vs. the Bucs’ pass rush, dueling Alabama quarterbacks and a rematch of January’s Browns-Chiefs playoff game make for a compelling start to the regular season.
Tampa Bay returns much of its Super Bowl-winning roster, but Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have Jordan-and-Pippen-style title dreams for Green Bay.
At one time the N.F.L.’s highest-paid defensive player, he left the league after six seasons and fell into a spiral of addiction, homelessness and desolation.
President Biden’s administration has revived a tradition of championship invitations that had grown sporadic under former President Donald J. Trump.
Carl Nassib, the N.F.L. player who made history this week when he came out as gay, has long yearned to make a difference in the world.
If the draft last week revealed anything, it was that there’s no tactful way to replace a healthy starting quarterback.
A statement released by lawyers for Brown and his accuser said, “Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on.”
The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.
G.M.s will have to work extra hard to add talent in a salary cap-crunched 2021. It’s still a bad way for most teams to improve.
Jackson, 38, a retired N.F.L. wide receiver, was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Monday.
“This was the first Super Bowl ever where I had to yell, ‘Be quiet — I’m trying to hear the poem!’” Kimmel said.
Did it feel like a home game for Tampa Bay? Benjamin Hoffman, who covered the game for The Times, shared the view from his seat.
Reid told the police he had “two or three drinks” before slamming into a car that carried two small children last week. One is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
At least one police officer appeared to get knocked to the ground as a large group of fans shoved each other in the city, a video showed.
The N.F.L. season persisted through challenges wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, political discord and a national reckoning on race to reach a familiar ending.
With help from his team’s fearsome pass rush, Tom Brady reminded Patrick Mahomes that he could still control the N.F.L.’s biggest stage.
The duo set a record for postseason touchdowns, as the tight end who came out of retirement to join Tom Brady in Tampa helped defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.
Parity in the N.F.L. makes it difficult to build dynasties. Even the seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has won back-to-back titles just once.
The mother of the opposing Super Bowl LV quarterback was a year old when Brady was born. What’s he still doing here?
The Buccaneers receiver has been one of the most electrifying players in the N.F.L., but he is facing accusations of sexual assault and harassment.
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end spent his formative football years playing quarterback. In his mind’s eye, he can both throw the ball and catch it.
Much has been made about the nearly 20-year age difference between the two quarterbacks. But Super Bowl LV will come down to other numbers.
Putting on a Super Bowl halftime show is always a mammoth undertaking. The pandemic introduces many more logistical puzzles.
Shaquil Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh found a home with the Buccaneers after being discarded elsewhere. On Sunday, their mission is clear: Get Patrick Mahomes.
For these ticket-holders, the allure of seeing their team in the Super Bowl overrides other considerations: “On my deathbed, this will probably be one of the top five days I remember in my life, you know?”
“We’ll make the best of it,” Tampa’s mayor said. Plenty of people are preparing to party, with businesses eager for some tourism.