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Brady and the Bucs will host the Rams after eliminating Philly in the NFC playoffs

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Mark LoMoglio
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AP
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, right, celebrates with wide receiver Mike Evans after Evans caught a touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at Raymond James Stadium.

The defending Super Bowl champs will play Los Angeles this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium with a spot in the NFC Championship Game on the line.

Updated January 18, 2022 at 7:44 AM EST

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' next hurdle in their attempt to repeat as Super Bowl champions will be the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams,, who won their NFC wild-card playoff game Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals, travel across the country to meet the Bucs at 3 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The winner advances to the NFC Championship Game.

On Sunday, Tom Brady threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, helping Tampa Bay dominated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 in their NFC wild-card playoff victory in Tampa.

The defending NFL champions set the tempo from the start, with Brady leading a pair of long TD drives in the opening quarter and building the lead to 17-0 by halftime.

The seven-time Super Bowl winner finished off the Eagles with TD passes of 2 yards to Rob Gronkowski and 36 yards to Mike Evans — who led the Bucs (14-4) with nine catches for 117 yards — to improve his playoff record to 35-11 in a record 46 postseason starts.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, stepping in for injured running backs Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones, had 17 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, and Giovani Bernard added 44 yards on 13 carries and a TD.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts threw two interceptions and the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense was shut down, gaining only 95 yards — 39 by Hurts.

The Eagles (9-9) lost after stockpiling wins against losing clubs — Philadelphia was 0-6 against playoff teams — and earning a wild-card berth in Week 17.

First-year coach Nick Sirianni led an impressive turnaround, guiding Philadelphia to seven wins in nine games after a 2-5 start.

Like the Bucs, the Rams dominated their game at Arizona, winning 34-11 on Monday night. Matthew Stafford passed for 202 yards and touchdowns to Odell Beckham Jr. and Cooper Kupp as Los Angeles jumped to a 28-0 lead.

Eagles Buccaneers Football
Mark LoMoglio
/
AP
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) pulls in a reception in front of Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at Raymond James Stadium.

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