Brady leads Bucs to NFL playoffs in 300th

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In his 300th NFL game, Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes in the only half he needed to play as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers routed the Detroit Lions 47-7 to seal a a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

The Bucs (10-5) set a franchise record with 588 yards and snapped the NFL's second-longest post-season drought - behind Cleveland's 18-year run that can end on Sunday.

On Saturday, Brady completed 22 of 27 passes for 348 yards - the most for a first half in his illustriuos career - despite sitting out the entire second half, as the Bucs led 34-0 at the long break.

The six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback threw touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, who made a one-handed catch, and Antonio Brown from 33, 27, 7 and 12 yards.

Brady has now thrown a franchise-record 36 touchdowns this season while Tampa Bay set team records in points (34) and yards (410) in the first half.

The 43-year-old Brady became the 12th player in NFL history to appear in 300 regular-season games and just the fourth non kicker or punter - joining Hall of Fame trio - quarterback George Blanda (340 games), wide receiver Jerry Rice (303) and quarterback Brett Favre (302).

The all-time record is 382 games by placekicker Morten Andersen from 1982-2007.

Brady played his first 285 regular-season games - plus 41 play-off games - with the New England Patriots from 2000-19, winning a record six Super Bowl titles in that span.

The Lions (5-10) started Saturday's game without interim coach Darrell Bevell along with assistants on the defensive staff because of COVID-19 contact tracing.

And they played much of the game without quarterback Matthew Stafford - who was questionable to play with hip and thumb injuries and then hurt his right ankle on the opening drive and did not return.

The Miami Dolphins moved one step closer to a playoff berth when Jason Sanders' 44-yard field goal with 1 second remaining gave them a 26-25 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Raiders (7-8) chose to run down the clock for a go-ahead field goal instead of trying for a touchdown with Josh Jacobs going down on purpose at the 1-yard line and Derek Carr taking a knee to set up Daniel Carlson's 22-yard field goal with 19 seconds left.

But the Dolphins had some late-game magic with Fitzpatrick launching the deep pass to Hollins while being dragged down by Arden Key.

The penalty moved the ball down to the Las Vegas 26, setting up Sanders' winning kick.

The Dolphins (10-5) moved a half-game ahead of Baltimore in the AFC playoff race and can clinch a wildcard berth with a win next week at Buffalo.