Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians revelled in his team’s “huge” victory over the Minnesota Vikings after Tom Brady helped boost their playoff chances in the NFL.
The Buccaneers snapped a two-game skid and kept their postseason hopes alive by topping the Vikings 26-14 on Sunday.
Brady returned to form after finishing 15 of 23 for 196 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks as the Buccaneers improved to 8-5 in 2020.
“It’s huge,” said Arians. “We had to do this. It was a big game for us. Guys did their jobs. They rested, they took care of the virus.
“We came back clean, healthy and it showed up today. We were a very fresh team, I thought, in the fourth quarter.”
The Buccaneers – without a playoff appearance since 2007 – are sixth in the NFC, while Tampa Bay gained a head-to-head tie-breaker over Minnesota (6-7), who had won five of their previous six games.
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Tampa Bay are now one game ahead of the Arizona Cardinals (7-6) with three fixtures remaining before the playoffs.
“We got the tie-breaker on these guys and this is a good football team,” said Arians. “They’re going to win some games down the stretch.
“We’re one day at a time and that’s what I just told the guys. It was a great win because it started on Tuesday. We had great practices on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.”
Buccaneers quarterback and six-time Super Bowl champion Brady added: “Winning in the NFL’s tough. I’ve been doing this a long time; there are no easy games.
“Every one’s a battle and this is a team that had won … five of six. They’ve been in a lot of games and are very competitive. They have some great players on offense, some really dynamic players on defense, especially in the secondary, and it was just good to get a win.
“It feels good. By the end of tonight we’ll kind of move on and get ready for Atlanta and go there. It’s going to be the biggest game of our season.”