Another Brady miracle as playoff dream alive;  "Disaster Day" ends with an exciting side act: the NFL Wrap

Another Brady miracle as playoff dream alive; “Disaster Day” ends with an exciting side act: the NFL Wrap

Tom Brady could do this into his 60s.

The veteran QB led Tampa Bay to another fourth-quarter comeback, rallying from a 16-6 deficit midway through the final stanza to beat Arizona 19-16 in overtime.

It means the Buccaneers can clinch the NFC South division, despite their 7-8 record, with a win over Carolina next week. A loss would keep the Panthers, who fired their coach months ago, alive.

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Against first-time NFL starter Trace McSorley, Brady and the Bucs looked in dire straits, but again relied on some late magic.

Rachaad White’s touchdown pass midway through the final term was his first and only run of the night in the end zone before Ryan Succop’s third of four field goals tied the score.

After forcing a punt, the Bucs marched down the field allowing Succop to seal the victory.

It was Brady’s 14th career overtime.


In a game of teams eliminated from playoff contention, the Los Angeles Rams beat visiting Denver 51-14 as Russell Wilson’s struggles continued.

Wilson threw three interceptions in the loss, completing the game and completing 15 of 27 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown.

“The bottom line is it’s unacceptable,” said Wilson, who signed a five-year extension worth $245 million ($366 million) in September.

Back-up quarterback Brett Rypien was brought in to relieve Wilson late in the game, but he also defended his teammate long before he took the field.

According to reporters on the scene, Rypien had “words” for Broncos guard Dalton Risner and the starting offensive line after Wilson was consistently sacked by the Rams defense.

Tensions also boiled over after the game when Broncos outside linebacker Randy Gregory and Los Angeles Rams offensive guard Oday Aboushi clashed at one point.

Cam Akers went 23 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns, while Baker Mayfield completed 24 of 28 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams, who had four interceptions in the romp.

“When you’re able to drive the ball like that, everything works,” Mayfield said.


Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards and a touchdown as Green Bay defenders intercepted three passes in the fourth quarter in a 26-20 NFL victory at Miami.

The victory lifts the Packers to 7-8, tied with Seattle and Detroit and a half-game behind Washington for the final NFC playoff spot.

Green Bay picked off Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa to set up Mason Crosby’s 28- and 26-yard field goals, and the Packers’ final interception by Rasul Douglas in the final seconds sealed their third straight victory.

“A special day for us. Our defense stepped up and played great,” Rodgers said.

“We lost 20-10 and scored the last 16 points. Offensively, we struggled in the red zone. But this was special.”

The Dolphins suffered their fourth straight loss and fell to 8-7, holding onto the AFC’s last playoff spot by just one game over four opponents with two games remaining.

Green Bay was helped by losses to Detroit, Seattle and Washington on Saturday.

“Everything we needed to happen this weekend happened,” Rodgers said.

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“I’m really proud of our team. We found a way to win and the way our defense stepped up the last few drives was outstanding.”

The Packers finish with home games in frigid Green Bay against Detroit and Minnesota, which play in vaulted venues.

“There are some dome teams coming in,” Rodgers noted.

“It was cold in Green Bay.

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