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January 2021

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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62 THE WOLVERINE JANUARY 2021 BY AUSTIN FOX T ampa Bay Buccaneers quarter- back Tom Brady put on a remark- able performance in his squad's 47-7 triumph at Detroit Dec. 26. The 43-year-old signal-caller connected on 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions … in the first half. Brady didn't even play in the game's final two quarters, with Tampa Bay holding a commanding 34-0 lead at the intermission. The former Wolverine set or matched several records in the pro- cess. His second touchdown pass of the day was his 34th of the season, marking a Tampa Bay franchise re- cord. Per, it was also just the second time since at least 1991 a quarterback reached halftime with a minimum of 340 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The only other instance the scenario occurred since '91 was done by none other than Brady, when he achieved the feat in a 59-0 destruction of the Tennessee Titans in 2009. The signal-caller also made history by simply taking the field Dec. 26. Brady became just the fourth non- special teamer to play in 300 regular- season NFL contests, joining Hall of Famers George Blanda, Brett Favre and Jerry Rice. FORMER WOLVERINES ON NFL ROSTERS Through Dec. 28 • Ben Braden (Played at U-M from 2012-16), OL, Green Bay Packers: Ap- peared in three games off the bench for the 12-3 Packers … Has spent most of the season on Green Bay's practice squad. • Tom Brady (1996-99), QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Connected on 65.9 percent of his throws for 4,234 yards with 36 touchdowns and 11 intercep- tions through 15 contests for the 10-5 MICHIGAN IN THE PROS Tom Brady Puts On A Performance For The Ages In Drubbing Of The Detroit Lions Brady completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 per- cent) for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the first half of Tampa Bay's 47-7 triumph at Detroit Dec. 26. PHOTO COURTESY TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

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