Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions – NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Prediction and Play-by-Play

The road to the Super Bowl continues this weekend as eight teams vie for two spots in Vegas to play for the Lombardi Trophy. We have four games on the NFL Divisional Playoff schedule this weekend. The AFC goes first and last with two NFC games sandwiched in between.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions

First Quarter: The Lions open the game with an aggressive drive, culminating in a touchdown run by David Montgomery. The Buccaneers respond with a methodical drive led by Baker Mayfield, ending in a field goal. The quarter concludes with the Lions leading, but the Buccaneers showing they can move the ball effectively.

Second Quarter: The Buccaneers find their rhythm, with Mayfield connecting with Mike Evans for a touchdown. The Lions retaliate with a swift drive, Jared Goff throwing a touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown. A late field goal by the Lions extends their lead going into halftime.

Halftime Score: Buccaneers 10 – Lions 17

Third Quarter: Defense dominates the third quarter. Both teams exchange punts and the only score comes from a Lions field goal. The Buccaneers’ defense steps up, but they struggle to capitalize on offense.

Fourth Quarter: The intensity mounts in the final quarter. The Buccaneers tie the game with a rushing touchdown by Rachaad White. The Lions answer with a field goal. In the closing minutes, the Buccaneers drive downfield, but a crucial interception by the Lions’ defense seals the game.

Final Score: Buccaneers 17 – Lions 23

Statistical Leaders:

  • Passing: Jared Goff (Lions) – 280 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
  • Rushing: David Montgomery (Lions) – 110 yards, 1 TD
  • Receiving: Mike Evans (Buccaneers) – 95 yards, 1 TD
  • Defense: Alex Anzalone (Lions) – 8 tackles, 1 INT

The Detroit Lions will advance to the NFC Championship Game!

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