As Tom Brady was engineering an impressive Buccaneers comeback victory, his former team saw their postseason hopes end.
The Patriots’ 22-12 loss to the Dolphins, in which Cam Newton completed 17-of-27 passes for 207 yards, ended their postseason hopes for the first time since 2008. Brady, whose Tampa Bay squad is 9-5, was asked about his reaction to the news.
“As far as the Patriots, they have their own thing going,” Brady said after the Buccaneers’ 33-27 win. “I’ve really been focused on how my play needs to be at quarterback, the execution I need, and they’re not really an opponent of mine.
“Obviously I have a lot of friends there, a lot of great relationships, but they’ve been focused on what they need to do and I’ve been trying to focus on what my job is.”
Brady left New England after two decades this offseason and Tampa Bay, while there have beens ups and downs this season, seem likely to clinch a playoff spot next week.
The 2008 Patriots team that missed the playoffs also played without Brady, who tore his ACL in the opener.
Brady threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Bucs from a 24-7 deficit. Tampa Bay is currently tied for the fifth seed in the NFC with the Rams and have multiple scenarios in which to reach the playoffs. The simplest, though, is to beat the Lions on Sunday or the Falcons at home in their finale.