Bucs legend Mike Alstott confident Tom Brady's game-winning drive was spark needed for playoff push

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It has been 1 of the worst starts of Tom Brady’s illustrious career, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are inactive successful a playoff race. 

Bucs fable Mike Alstott believes they volition fulfill that playoff goal.

Alstott volition beryllium connected manus for past this Sunday erstwhile the Bucs and Seattle Seahawks look each different successful Munich – the archetypal ever NFL crippled held successful Germany. Ahead of that matchup, the ex-fullback was besides contiguous for "USAA’s Salute to Service NFL Boot Camp" astatine U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria to enactment immoderate subject members done the 40-yard dash, wide leap and much affable competition. 

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Former Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott was connected manus for the "USAA Salute to Service Boot Camp" successful Germany up of the Bucs-Seahawks matchup connected Sunday.

Former Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott was connected manus for the "USAA Salute to Service Boot Camp" successful Germany up of the Bucs-Seahawks matchup connected Sunday. (USAA)

Alstott took immoderate clip to archer Fox News Digital that helium is simply a believer that the Bucs volition someway marque their mode into the NFC playoff representation travel January. 

"I do, particularly with the NFC South and the mode they are a small bit," Alstott said. "There’s not 1 squad moving distant with it and I deliberation with Tom and the different seasoned enactment they person connected that squad and the way, for the astir part, their defence has been each year. 

"I deliberation successful some phases, past crippled truly showed they person what it takes to bash this, and they request to get connected a run. With Tom and the different guys, I deliberation that they’ll get it done."

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Alstott is referring to Brady’s 55th vocation game-winning drive, which resulted successful a touchdown to Cade Otton to decision the Los Angeles Rams, 16-13. During the comeback, Brady besides surpassed 100,000 vocation passing yards, reaching different milestone successful his Hall of Fame career. 

However, astatine 4-5, Alstott knows that a tally is needed by the Bucs, adjacent if they are conscionable beneath the Atlanta Falcons close present with the aforesaid grounds successful the division. 

General changeable of NFL Salute to Service cogwheel successful Germany.

General changeable of NFL Salute to Service cogwheel successful Germany. (USAA)

If they are going to bash it, it volition instrumentality Brady astatine his best. Brady was dealing with idiosyncratic beingness disconnected the field, arsenic has been good documented with his divorcement from Gisele Bundchen present finalized. Rumors were swirling earlier the play began, and Brady rapidly fell into an adjacent bigger spotlight than helium is utilized to. 

"It’s difficult," Alstott said erstwhile asked if determination is simply a mode to crook disconnected the extracurricular satellite erstwhile the pads spell on. "At the extremity of the day, though, you person to perform, and Tom would accidental the aforesaid thing. You gotta execute and bash what he’s been doing for 20-plus years. 

"Sometimes it’s an unfortunate situation, but you inactive gotta spell retired determination and bash your occupation and perform."

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Alstott mentioned the fig of injuries the Bucs person been dealing with, particularly to the violative line, which has made the discourtesy slow. Brady is inactive getting the shot retired quickly, but without a coagulated tally crippled to acceptable up play enactment passes, defenses person been teeing off. 

In turn, the Bucs are 25th successful points per crippled (18.0). They were second successful the NFL by the extremity of the 2021 regular play with 30.1 per contest. 

However, that classical Brady comeback thrust mightiness person been the spark needed for the Bucs to instrumentality implicit successful the NFC South. One triumph and a Falcons nonaccomplishment to the Carolina Panthers connected Sunday, and the Bucs are astatine the apical again. 

The Seahawks, though, volition not beryllium an casual hostile overseas, sitting astatine a astonishing 6-3 with Geno Smith nether halfway successful the NFC West. Alstott was with Seattle legendary moving backmost Shaun Alexander astatine U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, and though helium said they did not speech shot conscionable yet, the week volition surely bring retired the competitory juices. 

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott poses with U.S. Army members successful Germany during the "USAA Salute to Service Boot Camp."

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott poses with U.S. Army members successful Germany during the "USAA Salute to Service Boot Camp." (USAA)

"I cognize the Seahawks are having a beauteous bully year, truthful I deliberation it’s going to beryllium a large matchup for the archetypal crippled ever successful Germany," Alstott said. "I deliberation it’s going to beryllium a bully thing. I deliberation the Bucs are hopefully connected way a small bit. They got a seasoned ballclub and large leadership. It’s going to beryllium a beauteous bully game."

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Scott Thompson is simply a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

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