Six days after injury, Mike Evans sets Bucs playoff receiving record
Six days after exiting a slippery Raymond James Stadium end zone with a grimace, Mike Evans served notice Saturday night. His knee, and clutch gene, are intact. After spending the week furiously rehabbing the left knee he hyperextended in last Sunday's regular-season finale, Evans betrayed nary a limp Saturday night.

To the contrary, he seemed to find his stride down the stretch. Evans set a Bucs playoff single-game record with 119 receiving yards, making five of his six receptions (for 104 yards) in the second half. "It's a huge night for him," coach Bruce Arians said. "We always say how tough he is, man. He was probably 85, 90 percent, which for Mike is great."

Evans' 35-yard catch set up the Bucs' final field goal with 2:54 to play, increasing their lead to eight. A possession earlier, he reached for a high Brady throw, landing on his left leg for a 19-yard catch inside the Washington 5. That set up Leonard Fournette's touchdown run.

"Can't say enough about Mike, just the consummate pro, man," said tight end Cameron Brate, who watched Evans overshadow his own prosperous night (four receptions, 80 yards). "I know he's not feeling 100 percent, and it seemed like every single catch he made today he'd come up a little banged up. His heart and how much he wants to win kind of was infectious for everyone."

Cappa's postseason reaches premature end
Right guard Alex Cappa's season appears over after the third-year veteran sustained what Arians indicated is a fractured ankle. Journeyman Ted Larsen, a 33-year-old Palm Harbor University alumnus, replaced Cappa. A third-round pick out of Humboldt State in 2018, Cappa started all 16 regular-season games this season, and made 13 starts in 2019. "It looks like a fracture," Arians said. "We'll check on another X-ray with a better X-ray machine, but right now it does not look good."

Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times, published 10 January 2021