If Tom Brady retires this offseason, he will retire after one of the worst playoff games of his career.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion had a rough night against Mickey Parsons and the Dallas Cowboys, throwing his first red-zone interception against the Buccaneers in a 31-14 loss that ended Tampa Bay’s season on Monday night.

Brady will not return home to the Bay Area for a rematch against Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional round. However, he may return home for good.

The 45-year-old, five-time Super Bowl MVP has already retired once after last season and returned 40 days later. He said he would need more time to make a decision this time.

Brady was 7-0 against Dallas before this game, including a 19-3 road win in Week 1.

Even though Brady was only sacked twice, the Cowboys forced him into several turnovers and forced a bunch of fumbled passes.

He finished 35 of 66 for 351 yards, two TDs and one interception.

After the Buccaneers went three-and-out on their first two possessions, Brady had a long drive before things fell apart.

On first down from the Cowboys 22, Brady rolled right and had an open field in front of him, but threw an incomplete cross body into quad coverage in the left corner of the end zone. A few plays later from the Cowboys 5, Brady threw the ball up for a catch in the back of the end zone where the nearest player was Jayron Kearse, who made the pick.

Brady has not been shut out in the first half of a playoff game since his first game of 2001, the Tuck Rule game on January 19, 2002. The Patriots rallied to beat the Raiders in this game.

Brady and the Bucks (8-10) had no chance of a comeback against Dallas (13-5). Parsons and Co. dominated Brady from start to finish.

The Bucs finally found the end zone when Brady connected with Julio Jones on a 30-yard TD pass just before the end of the third quarter. But Tampa’s defense gave the right guard a TD and the Bucs couldn’t score after reaching the Cowboys 2 on the ensuing drive.

Brady’s worst playoff loss was a 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on January 10, 2010. This one was close.

It’s been a tumultuous season for Brady personally. His marriage to Gisele Bündchen ended when they announced in October that their divorce was final. He had the first losing season of his 23-year career, though the Buccaneers won the lopsided NFC South and earned the No. 4 seed.

Brady is set to become a free agent, so he may choose to continue his unprecedented career with another team. There will be plenty of interest in the 46-year-old in training camp next season.

Brady showed he still has plenty left in the regular season despite playing behind an injury-depleted offensive line and without star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired in the offseason. He tied his own NFL record for single-season touchdowns with 490, led the NFC with 4,694 yards and threw 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions.

Brady holds nearly every NFL passing record, has won more championships than any other player in the sport, and is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Not bad for a sixth round draft pick.

After failing in the playoffs, Brady is faced with the choice of whether to continue

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