Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans (not pictured) against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Notebook: Tom Brady heads to 14th championship game

Tom Brady needs to borrow someone’s hand to formally count his league championship appearances.

The Tampa Bay quarterback will be participating in his 14th on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He went 9-4 in the previous 13, all in the AFC with the New England Patriots.

“It’s hard to get to this point,” said Brady, who is 3-3 in road title games. “There’s nothing guaranteed from this point forward. But we’ve gotta go out there and we’ve gotta play our very best to beat one of the best teams in the league.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 1-3 in NFC title games. He has been on the losing side in his last three appearances, including last season’s 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

–The Super Bowl will be played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 7 and Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians doesn’t want hear any chatter about that possibility.

“We don’t play that game this week — that’s the message to everybody,” Arians said. “We play the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. If you start thinking about the Super Bowl, you get beat and will be packing your bags on Monday.”

–Forecasts call for a 50 percent of snow with temperatures in the high 20s and that is fine with Green Bay star wideout Davante Adams, who led the NFL with 18 touchdown receptions.

“Just knowing where to put your feet, the best way to misdirect is obviously getting your feet outside your framework because you do that in snow, you lose traction,” Adams said of his routine in snowy conditions. “For me, just having those reps in the snow and cold (is important). Them being in Tampa, there is no way to assimilate cold weather and the snow.”

–Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul missed Wednesday’s walkthrough with knee injuries. Pierre-Paul is expected to be fine by game day but Brown’s availability is less certain.

“It’s too early to tell,” Arians said of Brown. “He’ll be day-to-day.”

Receiver Mike Evans (knee) and running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps/finger) are among the Buccaneers listed as limited.

No Green Bay players missed practice on Wednesday but running back AJ Dillon (quadriceps) was limited and will be observed closely after leaving Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Among others who were limited were receiver Allen Lazard (wrist/back), linebacker Za’Darius Smith (thumb) and offensive tackle Rick Wagner (ankle).

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) fumbles the ball on a hit by Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Young explains why he called out Tom Brady

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young doubled down on his comments regarding Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday.

As for Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champion didn’t sound interested in stoking the fire.

Let’s start with Young’s comments on Sunday, when the 21-year-old was caught on camera saying: “Tom Brady, Tom Brady, I’m coming! I want Tom! I want Tom.”

Young didn’t back off on Wednesday, which is three days before fourth-seeded Washington (7-9) hosts the fifth-seeded Buccaneers (11-5).

“I play ball,” Young said. “I’m excited to go against the best. The media, their job is to stir it up. If you know me, I’m excited for every game. Tom Brady, you think I’m not excited to play against the G.O.A.T.? You trippin’. I’m not going to apologize for saying I want Tom. No, I want every quarterback I play against.”

Young has done his fair share of getting after the quarterback since being selected by Washington with the second overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He has collected 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks and a team-best four forced fumbles over 15 games during his Pro Bowl season.

Brady, 43, had no issue acknowledging Young on Wednesday.

“He’s obviously a great young player. We’ve got our hands full with that D-Line – one of the best D-Lines in the league,” Brady said. “Chase is a great young player — he went to Ohio State, so naturally I think that Ohio State-Michigan thing wears off on him a little bit. I understand that. We’re prepared for a tough challenge and it should be a fun game.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) waves after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in a NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers QB Brady appears in 300th game

Tom Brady became the 12th player in NFL history to appear in 300 regular-season games.

The 43-year-old Buccaneers quarterback reached the milestone Saturday against the Lions in Detroit.

Brady is only the fourth member of the 300 club who was not a kicker or punter, joining three Hall of Famers: 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 also made team history with his 34th touchdown pass of the year on Saturday.

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

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Homeless man arrested for alleged break-in at Brady mansion

A homeless man was arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into the vacant Massachusetts mansion owned by Tom Brady and his wife, model and businesswoman Gisele Bundchen.

Police in Brookline, Mass., said they arrested Zanini Cineus, 34, who faces charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, attempted larceny and trespassing. Cineus is expected to be arraigned later Monday.

Police responded to the Boston-suburb home after a security company reported that alarms had gone off in the house.

“The suspect was found lying on the couch in the middle of the room,” a Brookline police spokesman told reporters.

Cineus also was arrested last year and accused of stealing a signed Brady jersey worth $10,000 from the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.

Brady and Bundchen previously listed the 12,112-square foot home for sale at an asking price of $33.9 million, but it was taken off the market amid the coronavirus pandemic. The family currently lives in Florida, where Brady plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady played 20 seasons with the Patriots.

–Field Level Media