Bruce Arians said it is “Super Bowl or bust” for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL this season.

The Buccaneers booked their spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2007 thanks to last week’s 47-7 demolition of the Detroit Lions.

Tampa Bay (10-5) – eyeing a second Super Bowl crown to pair with their 2002 success – are currently the fifth seed in the NFC heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

While pleased with Tampa Bay’s drought-ending feat, Buccaneers head coach Arians has greater ambitions for his team.

“It’s Super Bowl or bust,” Arians told Good Morning Football on Wednesday. “That’s the goal every year.

“And you can’t get to the Super Bowl if you can’t get in the playoffs, so that has been huge for us.

“It has been a fun year, there is a lot of football left and we’re really excited.”

The Buccaneers have been spearheaded by six-time Super Bowl champion and superstar quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady ended his 20-year association with the New England Patriots ahead of the 2020 campaign to make the move to Tampa Bay, where the 43-year-old helped snap the Buccaneers’ 13-year wait for a postseason berth by throwing four touchdowns on 22-of-27 passing for 348 yards and no interceptions against the Lions.

He reset the single-season franchise high for passing TDs with 36, surpassing former number one pick Jameis Winston’s record of 33 posted last season in his 300th regular-season appearance.

Brady produced the best first half of his illustrious career, completing 22 of 27 passes for 348 yards away to the Lions in Detroit, having eclipsed his own record of 340-plus passing yards, four-plus TDs and no interceptions in a single half set with the New England Patriots in 2009.

The three-time MVP and 14-time Pro Bowler became the only NFL player in history to play for 20-plus seasons with one team – the Patriots – and later make the playoffs with another, per NFL Research. Brady is also the first player in the league’s history to reach the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons.

“It’s been a joy. It’s been awesome,” Arians said of Brady, who has amassed 4,234 yards this season. “I didn’t know that Tom took so much time with young players and coached them.

“It’s one thing for me to say ‘When you’re coming out of your break, your arms aren’t pumping,’ and they say ‘Sure.’ Then Tom says it, they go ‘Oh, really?’ And they do it.

“It’s like, I appreciate you, brother. It’s like having another coach on the field for sure.”

Arians also heaped praise on star Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement to reunite with former Patriots team-mate Brady at the Buccaneers.

Three-time Super Bowl champion Gronkowski spent the 2019 season in retirement, but has 43 receptions, 594 yards and seven touchdowns for the Buccaneers in 2020.

“He’s exceeded my expectations, to tell you the truth,” Arians said. “I think he’s gotten better and better.”

Arians added: “Tom and I were actually talking about it at practice today. [Gronkowski] ran an over route and [Tom] was like, ‘Man, that looks like six [or] seven years ago’.”