BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYS Not a great day for Buc celebrations on January 17th with three not very well known former players with birthdays today. DE Ryan Russell (30) played 22 games with seven starts under Dirk Koetter but even I do not remember him.    TE Billy Baber (43) played one game in 2004 and WR Derek Holloway (61) had one appearance in 1987.
ON THIS DAY IN BUCCANEER HISTORY 17th January 2021 -  Bye bye Drew Brees Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30  New Orleans Saints 20 The Bucs reached their fourth NFC title game thanks to a great defensive gameplan that shut down Drew Brees and his passing weapons.  Four Saints’ turnovers led to 21 Tampa Bay points and the game was put away in the fourth quarter.  Tom Brady had a pair of TD passes and even former Buc Jameis Winston throwing a score on a gadget play was not enough to stop Tampa getting revenge for their two regular season defeats. Click here for game reports, pictures and statistics from this game
ROSTER MOVES Jan 15 - Waived WR Justin Watson and CB Rashard Robinson. Jan 11 - Activated WR Shaq Barrett from the Covid list.  Activated LB Lavonte David and RB Leonard Fournette from IR.  Placed CB Richard Sherman on IR. Jan 6 - Released WR Antonio Brown. Jan 5 - Activated WR Jaelon Darden and P Bradley Pinion from the Covid list.   Dec 31 - Activated WR Mike Evans and DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches from the Covid list and placed P Bradley Pinion on there. Dec 23 - Activated WR Justin Watson and CB Rashard Robinson on IR.  Signed RB Le’Veon Bell to the active roster.  Placed RB Leonard Fournette and LB Lavonte David on IR.
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NO PROTECTED SPECIES IN TAMPA Hunting eagles is against the law in many states - not in Florida and not on Sunday.  The Bucs took care of business in spite of still playing with one hand behind their backs because of injury and moved on to the Elite Eight on the post-season. The road gets tougher of course with each round but you have to win to move on.  The defense was excellent until the foot came off the gas in the fourth quarter with sloppy tackling in a prevent mode.  But it did not matter.  The offense had put easily enough points on the board although the site of Tristan Wirfs and Ryan Jensen going off was seriously concerning. But having waited 14 years for a home playoff game, Bucs fans now get another one next Sunday. Rams?  Cardinals?   Does it matter?  You have to beat the best at some point to get to the Super Bowl. One final shout-out for Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for calling a superb game although Troy’s bitchy comment about not getting to call the Dallas v 49ers game was one of the highlights of any TV coverage.