Tampa Bay will go with its newest look on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons for likely the last game at Raymond James Stadium before Super Bowl LV.
The Buccaneers announced going with the all-pewter or color-rush look via Twitter.
𝕮𝖔𝖑𝖔𝖗 𝖗𝖚𝖘𝖍 pic.twitter.com/Rib8pQMBXr
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 3, 2021
All-pewter became a new option for the Bucs following the uniform overhaul between the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Bucs first wore all-pewter in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos, a 28-10 victory on the road. Tampa’s second time donning all pewter didn’t go as well in a 27-24 loss at home against the Los Angeles Rams, the last time Bucs superstar Tom Brady posted a quarterback rating under 90.
Brady and the Bucs will look to end the regular season on a high note and secure the fifth seed for the NFC Playoffs. The Bucs will play in the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Antonio Brown caught his first touchdown pass of the season, a game-winning 46-yard connection, two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15.
The Bucs star receiver hopes to add to the tally in the rematch on Sunday and make it three-consecutive games with a touchdown. He caught his second touchdown in Week 16 at Detroit and took to Instagram following the game.
Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said earlier in the week that Brown has found his niche among a deep receivers group.
While Brady hasn’t been perfect since his late interception spoiled the Bucs’ comeback changes against the Rams, he’s looked more like the six-time Super Bowl winner getting ready for a playoff run in the past month.
Brady posted quarterback ratings of 96.1, 120.9, 110.4, and 158.3 in the post four games while throwing for 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Longtime teammate and tight end Rob Gronkowski aided some of Brady’s resurgence. Gronk posted a 106-yard receiving game, 9.7 yards per catch in another, and a two-touchdown performance in his most recent game. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has confidence in Gronk’s progress per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times on Twitter.
#GoBucs coach Bruce Arians says Rob Gronkowski has exceeded his expectations. He will start his 16th game Sunday. Says he looks like he's getting better and just hitting his stride.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 30, 2020
Brady and Gronk look to keep that stride going and lead the Bucs to their first 11-win season since 2005 against the Falcons on Sunday.
Brady Passing Favre
When Brady starts on Sunday against the Falcons, he will pass Hall-of-Fame quarterback Brett Favre for the most career starts per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter.
Today will be Tom Brady’s 299th career start, which would surpass Brett Favre for most by a quarterback in NFL history.
Brady has thrown for 668 yards in his last 4 quarters played. He’s the first player to throw for 600 yards over a 4-quarter span since 1978.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 3, 2021
Favre ironically started his career with the Falcons before spending most of it in Green Bay. He made a similar move to Brady late in his career, leading a different team in the Minnesota Vikings to an NFC title game in his 40s.
Favre and Brady are friends, and Favre came out for Brady’s first home game as a Buccaneer per NBC Sports Boston.
Tampa gets leading Ronald Jones III back against the Falcons after missing two games due to a pinkie injury. Jones will have extra protection for the injured finger on Sunday according to Tampa Times Reporter Rick Stroud via Twitter.
#GoBucs RB Ronald Jones has three fingers rolled up in a brace on his left hand to protect the broken pinkie finger. He can't extend them like Chris Godwin, who had a similar injury…
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 1, 2021
Jones needs 100 yards against the Falcons to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He has 900 yards and six touchdowns on 180 rushes.