Mike Evans made Buccaneers franchise history in NFC Divisional Game

An 18-yard catch by Evans in the first quarter gave the ten-year veteran 580 receiving yards in the playoffs, the Buccaneers' new franchise record

Gregory Shamus/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit

Throughout all the changes in Tampa Bay over the past ten years, one thing has remained constant for the Buccaneers. Mike Evans has been one of the NFL's absolute elite receivers since making coming into the league back in 2014.

It's been unreal to watch him do what he's done over the last decade. Evans has caught 762 passes for 11,680 receiving yards and 94 touchdowns in 154 games while catching over 100 yards in 36 games -- a franchise record.

With 1,255 receiving yards this season, Evans became the second player all-time to record 1,000+ receiving yards in his first ten seasons, joining the all-time great WR Jerry Rice (11).

Needless to say, the four-time Pro Bowler has been one of, if not the greatest wide receivers this generation, and is still excelling at 30 years old.

Mike Evans set yet another Buccaneers record in NFC Divisional Round

In the Buccaneers' NFC Divisional Round game vs Detroit, Evans made franchise history yet again. On 3rd-and-2 from their own 33, Evans caught an 18-yard strike from Baker Mayfield to move the chains and keep the drive alive, one which ended with a 43-yard-field goal from Chase McLaughlin.

It might have seemed like any other pass-and-catch, but this one held a ton of significance.

That catch gave Evans 580 career playoff receiving yards which passed Leonard Fournette's mark of 572 yards for the franchise record. Evans caught seven more passes for 129 receiving yards and now has caught 48 receptions for 788 receiving yards and five touchdowns in nine career playoff games.

Including his first catch, Evans has already had a major impact on the Buccaneers' offense with his uncanny size. On the Buccaneers' fourth drive, Evans broke free for a 23-yard catch and run from Mayfield to the Buccaneer 36, the start of a nine-play, 55-yard drive to the Lions' 32.

Although that drive ended in a 50-yard missed field goal by McLaughlin, the Buccaneers would capitalize on their next drive. Starting at their eight with just 1:28 remaining, Evans caught passes of 27 and 29 yards to set Tampa Bay up at Detroit's two, where Mayfield floated a two-yard touchdown pass to Cade Otten to tie the game at 10-10 before halftime.

Down 14 with 4:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, Mayfield went back to Evans, who mossed FS Brian Branch for a 19-yard touchdown. That brought the Buccaneers within eight of the Lions, but were unable to seal the deal on the final drive.

With all the speculation of Evan's future in Tampa Bay as a free agent, there's no doubt that the superstar wide receiver has been one of the league's premier wide outs and once again etched his name in the record books on Sunday.

More Tampa Bay Buccaneers news and rumors

feed