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Tom Brady vs. Cowboys: Can Dallas end its playoff drought against the GOAT?

The final night of the NFL’s wild-card weekend features arguably the most intriguing matchup of the weekend.
Tom Brady leads the 8-9 Buccaneers into a playoff matchup against a Cowboys team that posted another 12-win season but has a lot to prove in the postseason.
Dallas is under intense pressure to advance after being eliminated on the wild-card weekend last year, but Dak Prescott must cut down on turnovers if that is to happen. Prescott made numerous errors in the final weeks of the season, including interceptions against the Jaguars and Eagles, as well as a forgettable performance against the Commanders in Week 18.
The Cowboys blew it against the Buccaneers in Week 1 and have yet to beat Brady, but they have a great chance to do so on Monday.
While Brady has had a lot of success on this stage, the 2022 season will be a first for the 45-year-old quarterback. Tampa Bay limped to the NFC South title and hasn’t had much offensive firepower in most wins.
The Buccaneers’ offensive line is still more unstable than Brady is used to, but he showed an improved connection with Mike Evans late in the season and will look to carve up the Cowboys’ pass defense.
The game’s deciding matchup may be whether Dallas’ talented pass-rush can overwhelm Tampa’s thin offensive line and harass Brady in what could be his final game with the Buccaneers – or as an NFL quarterback.

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The Sporting News will provide live scoring updates and highlights as the Buccaneers take on the Cowboys in the NFL playoffs’ wild-card round. Follow along with all of the important events.

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Cowboys vs. Buccaneers live updates and NFL playoff highlights

(All times are Eastern.)
Cowboys 6, Buccaneers 0 at the end of the first quarter
8:52 p.m. — Brady is pressured again, but he throws it to Godwin, who gets the first down and more. Tampa Bay has a first-and-goal situation.
8:51 p.m. — The Buccaneers are entering the red zone and will need another big third down.
8:50 p.m. — Mike Evans makes a big third-down catch to get the Bucs to the edge of the red zone. It’s not easy for Tampa, but the offense is performing when it counts.
8:46 p.m. — Chris Godwin’s first down catch moves the Buccaneers to midfield. Godwin had two defenders close to him but enough space to make the catch.
Rachaad White deceives Trevon Diggs on 3rd and 7 and wiggles his way to a first down at 8:45 p.m.

Buccaneers 6, Cowboys 0

8:39 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Prescott finds an open Dalton Schultz in the end zone and scores! The Cowboys have settled into a rhythm and are scoring, but Brett Maher’s extra point misses badly.

— NFL (@NFL) 17 January 2023

8:38 p.m. — Tony Pollard makes a nice run to get the Cowboys to the red zone. Pollard is getting a lot of work early on, which will please Dallas fans.
8:36 p.m. — Even without Shaquil Barrett, who tore his Achilles in October, the Buccaneers are consistently putting pressure on Prescott. This time, however, Akiem Hicks is charged with roughing the passer. After the pass, he landed on Prescott. The Cowboys have entered Buccaneers territory.
8:34 p.m. — We’ve finally gotten a first down in this game! Michael Gallup leaps high to catch a 15-yard pass from Prescott.
8:31 p.m. — We’ll take another shot. Jayron Kearse deflects a pass into the air, which falls incomplete. There has yet to be a first down.
8:25 p.m. — The Cowboys’ offense appears jittery early on. Dallas’ second drive is cut short when Dak Prescott is sacked on third down. Vita Vea is the one who wraps him up.
8:21 p.m. — The Buccaneers are punting after an incompletion and a holding call on third and 13. In the first 77 seconds, there were two three-and-outs.
8:19 p.m. — Micah Parsons blows up a Rachaad White run for a loss to start the Buccaneers’ drive. He’s been very vocal leading up to this game, and he’s backed it up.
After 13 seconds, the Buccaneers force a punt. That was not the desired start for the Cowboys.
8:17 p.m. — The Cowboys begin with two short throws that are both incomplete. Prescott doesn’t appear to be at ease yet.
8:15 p.m. — The Buccaneers won the coin toss and deferred, giving Dak Prescott and the Cowboys the opportunity to strike first. Let’s get started.
8:10 p.m. — Tonight, Mike McCarthy is under a lot of scrutiny. Back-to-back 12-win seasons won’t protect him from criticism if the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs again.
7:52 p.m. — Is this Tom Brady’s final game in a Buccaneers uniform? Or in any other uniform? The 45-year-old retired for 40 days last year but may return to the NFL for a 24th season.

— NFL (@NFL) 17 January 2023

7:46 p.m. — It’s currently 57 degrees in Tampa, with little wind. Not the warmest night in Florida for a game, but excellent overall conditions.
7:36 p.m. — Tonight, the Cowboys appear to be under more pressure than the Buccaneers. Dallas cannot afford another 12-win season and a Wild Card Weekend loss to a sub.500 team.

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January 17, 2023 — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys)
7:09 p.m. — Everyone’s attention is on Tom Brady, but what about this guy? Leonard Fournette has previously been a huge factor for the Bucs in the playoffs, and if he can step up tonight, he will add a new element to the offense.

— NFL (@NFL) 16 January 2023

Start time for Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
Monday, January 16th
The time is 8:15 p.m. ET.
The Cowboys and Buccaneers’ wild-card playoff game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

What channel is today’s Cowboys vs. Buccaneers game on?

ESPN and ABC are two national television networks.
WFAA is a Dallas television station.
WFTS-TV is a Tampa television station.
TSN2/4, CTV are Canadian television channels.
ESPN+ | fuboTV (US) | DAZN live streams
The Cowboys vs. Buccaneers game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ABC, with play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, color analyst Troy Aikman, and sideline reporter Lisa Salters on the call from Tampa.

The game will be broadcast on TSN2/4 and CTV in Canada.

NFL playoff schedule: Round of 32
Saturday, January 14th
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4:30 p.m. ET
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Jaguars vs. Chargers
8:15 p.m. ET
NBC
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Sunday, January 15th