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Buccaneers vs. Washington live score, updates, highlights from NFL wild-card playoff game

With Alex Smith ruled out because of a calf injury, Taylor Heinicke is the quarterback of choice for the Washington Football Team in Saturday’s NFC wild-card matchup with the Buccaneers.

Heinicke, who has thrown just 77 career NFL passes, goes up against perhaps the greatest passer of all-time in Tom Brady. It’s a seemingly lopsided meeting, even though Brady is 43 years old and the game is being played in Landover, Md. Washington (7-9) is here only because of the ineptitude of the NFC East; Tampa Bay (11-5) enters the postseason believing it can make a deep run.

For Washington to be competitive, it will likely need edge rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat to get in Brady’s face. The emerging duo combined for 16.5 sacks during the regular season.

Brady, though, has a number of receivers adept at finding almost immediate space after the snap. The quickness of wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown off the line of scrimmage make it difficult to reach Brady before the ball leaves his hand.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Buccaneers vs. Washington wild-card matchup. Follow for complete results from the 2021 NFL playoff game.

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Buccaneers vs. Washington score

 
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Total 
Buccaneers
9
9
0
3
21
Washington
0
7
9
0
16

Buccaneers vs. Washington live updates, highlights

10:55 p.m.: Three-and-out for Washington.

10:47 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Buccaneers. That’s the first points of the half for an offense that had looked fairly comfortable earlier. 21-16, Tampa Bay.

End of third quarter: Buccaneers 18, Washington Football Team 16

10:43 p.m.: Wheels.

Taylor Heinicke reached a top speed of 19.29 MPH on this 8-yard TD run, traveling 39.1 yards from snap to the moment he crossed the pylon.

Heinicke is responsible for the two fastest speeds by a ball carrier in tonight’s game (19.29 & 19.25 MPH).#TBvsWAS | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/dTT5ClukWf

— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 10, 2021

10:34 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Washington. Heinicke magic! He’s shown the elusiveness of Russell Wilson. Two-point attempt is unsuccessful. 18-16, Tampa Bay.

10:32 p.m.: A surprise scramble from Heinicke and personal foul against the Buccaneers puts Washington in the red zone.

10:28 p.m.: Fumble! Ke’Shawn Vaughn coughs up the ball. Washington jumps on it.

10:26 p.m.: Brady finds Mike Evans to avoid another three-and-out. He’s 13-of-28 passing for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

10:20 p.m.: A long third-down scramble from Heinicke is negated by a holding call. He throws a check down pass on the next play, and Washington is forced to kick the ball deep.

10:14 p.m.: Godwin can’t hang onto a low throw. Tampa Bay will punt following a three-and-out.

10:09 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Washington. Dustin Hopkins converts a 36-yard attempt to make it a one-score game. 18-10, Tampa Bay.

10:05 p.m.: Tight end Logan Thomas lumbers downfield for a 29-yard catch.

10:01 p.m.: Washington starts the third quarter with the ball.

Halftime: Buccaneers 18, Washington Football Team 7

9:48 p.m.: Washington goes nowhere on first down and changes to a conservative approach, letting the rest of the clock run out.

9:45 p.m.: Sweat sacks Brady to force fourth down. Washington calls timeout with 42 seconds left in hopes of putting together a quick scoring drive.

9:44 p.m.: A pass deflected off Godwin’s hands is nearly intercepted.

9:43 p.m.: Washington punts with 1:22 remaining in the half. There’s ample time for Brady to drive for a killer blow here.

9:34 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Buccaneers. More potential points squandered from Brady’s offense, but a 23-yard field goal still extends the lead less than two minutes before halftime. 18-7, Tampa Bay.

9:29 p.m.: Two-minute warning.

9:27 p.m.: On the next snap, Brady goes play-action pass and hits Cameron Brate for 19 yards.

9:26 p.m.: Leonard Fournette takes a screen pass for 22 yards.

9:23 p.m.: Washington punts after a promising drive stalls on Tampa Bay’s 43-yard line.

9:17 p.m.: Antonio Gibson finally finds room on the ground, picking up 12 yards and a first down. Washington is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry.

9:10 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Buccaneers. Brady drives down the field with ease and finds Godwin for the TD. Two-point attempt is no good. 15-7, Tampa Bay.

9:03 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Washington. J.D. McKissic finishes off a great drive with a score. 9-7, Tampa Bay.

9 p.m.: Heinicke has Washington in the red zone.

End of first quarter: Buccaneers 9, Washington Football Team 0

8:55 p.m.: Washington isn’t limiting the playbook for Heinicke. If anything, he’s throwing deep more often than Alex Smith had been late in the year. With the Buccaneers bringing constant blitzes, there is room to find receivers in the secondary if he makes correct reads.

8:48 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Buccaneers. Brady and Antonio Brown have the first NFC playoff touchdowns of their careers. Extra-point is no good. 9-0, Tampa Bay.

8:42 p.m.: Interception. Heinicke’s pass is tipped at the line and picked by Sean Murphy-Bunting.

8:40 p.m.: Sims makes amends for the earlier mistake with a 36-yard catch-and-run.

8:36 p.m.: Brady takes delay of game, turning third-and-4 into a third-and-9, and he can’t fit his ensuing pass through tight coverage. Tampa Bay punts.

8:28 p.m.: Cam Sims doesn’t help out Taylor Heinicke there, dropping a long pass over the middle that could have allowed his quarterback to settle in had it been caught. Washington punts.

8:21 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Buccaneers. Washington finally applies pressure to Brady, and its rush on third down puts the quarterback on the turf as his pass attempt flies incomplete through the back of the end zone. The Buccaneers settle for a short kick. 3-0, Tampa Bay.

8:19 p.m.: Tampa Bay is past midfield in the blink of an eye. A completion from Tom Brady to Chris Godwin puts the Buccaneers on the 17.

8:15 p.m.: The Buccaneers start Saturday night’s wild-card game with the ball.

Buccaneers vs. Washington start time

Start time: 8:15 p.m. ETTV channel (national): NBCLive stream: NBC Sports App, fuboTV 

This kickoff time is the same as the usual Monday night kickoff time during the regular season. Washington is coming off a Sunday night game in Week 17, which will have its body clocks lined up to start at this time again in the first round of the playoffs.

Buccaneers vs. Washington marks the third of three wild-card games on the opening Saturday of the playoffs, with three more scheduled for Sunday. 

NFL playoff schedule 2021

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup
Start time
TV channel
Live stream
Bills 27, Colts 24
1:05 p.m. ET
CBS
CBS All Access, fuboTV
Rams 30, Seahawks 20
4:40 p.m. ET
Fox
Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers at Washington
8:15 p.m. ET
NBC
NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup
Start time
TV channel
Live stream
Ravens at Titans
1:05 p.m. ET
ESPN/ABC
ESPN App, fuboTV
Bears at Saints
4:40 p.m. ET
CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime
CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers
8:15 p.m. ET
NBC
NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup
Start time
TV channel
Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD)
TBD
TBD
fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD)
TBD
TBD
fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup
Start time
TV channel
Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD)
TBD
TBD
fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD)
TBD
TBD
fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

Matchup
Away team
Start time
TV channel
Live stream
NFC vs. NFC
NFC TBD
3:05 p.m. ET
Fox
fuboTV
AFC vs. AFC
AFC TBD
6:40 p.m. ET
CBS
fuboTV

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

Matchup
Start time
TV channel
Live stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion
6:30 p.m. ET
CBS
fuboTV

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