New England was blessed with two decades of championships, touchdown passes and victories thanks to Tom Brady.
He was back and reminded his team of what was missing.
Brady rallied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 19-17 win over the Patriots on Sunday night. Ryan Succop scored the winning field goal at 48 yards late in the fourth quarter.
Brady was 22-of-43 for 269 yards and no touchdowns. However, he engineered the fourth quarter drive to beat the team that he led to six Lombardi trophy wins. For the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay, Ronald Jones ran an 8-yard scoring run (8 yards).
Brady stated that the Patriots earned the win in an emotionally charged night.
Brady stated, “It’s certainly not that I could predict what would happen.” “It was a lot of emotional moments to think about the people who have meant so much to me.” My football journey took my to another place.
Brady broke Drew Brees’ NFL career passing yardage record. He became the fourth quarterback to win against all 32 NFL teams.
Bruce Arians, Bucs coach, said that he helped the team down the field in crunch time. He was not going to make any errors that would cost us the game.
New England had the chance to win but Nick Folk’s 56 yard field-goal attempt hit the left upright less than a minute before the game ended. For the first time since 2001, the Patriots are now 1-3. Since Brady left New England, Bill Belichick has fallen to 8-12.
Arians stated that the Bucs won the game. “Everyone wanted this Brady versus Belichick. Bill didn’t take a snap, I think.
Brady didn’t surprise Belichick.
Belichick stated, “We were against Tom Brady every single day, every day in defensive practice.” “So it’s nothing like we’ve ever seen Tom Brady before.”
Mac Jones, a rookie Patriots player, finished 31 of 40 with 275 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones stated, “I still have a lot to do, but I try to be my best every day. We all want to win.”
Multiple mistakes by the Buccaneers on defense and poor special teams play caused injury — including poor punts, missed field goals and costly penalties.
Tampa managed to make timely plays to keep the game alive, with Antoine Winfield Jr. forcing a J.J. Taylor fumble that was recovered by Richard Sherman — his first game since signing a 1-year contract last week — to end a promising drive in the third quarter.
Brady and the Buccaneers were down 17-16. They took control on their own 25, and only seven plays drove to the Patriots’ 30. With 2:02 remaining, Antonio Brown was unable to catch a pass in end zone. Succop connected calmly on a 48-yarder.
The Patriots led 7-6. Matt Slater seemed to have recovered a Jaydon Mickens fumble. The play was canceled by Slater’s unsportsmanlike conduct offense.
The Bucs took control and completed an eight-play 52-yard drive. Ronald Jones scored an 8-yard touchdown run.
On their next possession, the Patriots responded by using six consecutive completions from Jones to drive to Bucs 1. Jones found Jonnu Smith at the back of the endzone for the Patriots to go back in front, 14-13.
On their next drive, Tampa marched to the Patriots 8, but Succop’s third field goal made it 16-14.
With 7:58 remaining in the game, New England took control and moved quickly down the field. A trick play saw Jakobi Meyers throw a 30-yard pass towards Nelson Agholor. After Nick Folk’s 27 yard field goal, the Patriots pulled back into front 17-16.
Before taking to the field, Brady was greeted with cheers in the pregame. Then came the stream of boos from the Buccaneers’ first drive.
The second offensive series saw cheers return when Mike Evans completed a 28-yard pass for Mike Evans. This passed surpasses Brees’s record of 80,358 yards and makes Evans the NFL’s career passing leader.
The pass set up a field goal of 29 yards to give the Bucs a 3-0 lead.
On the Patriots’ next drive, Tampa Bay’s defense increased the pressure on Jones. Devin White, a linebacker, was allowed to run at Jones in the middle. He had to hurry up a pass that Ross Cockrell tipped and Winfield intercepted.
The Patriots were able to make the mistake of stopping the Buccaneers at third down, just outside the red zone. The Buccaneers tried another field goal, but Succop missed from 36 yards.
Buccaneers: Davis III, who sustained a quad injury in the first quarter, was taken off the field and did not return. Winfield was taken to the locker room during the fourth quarter for evaluation of a concussion.
Patriots: DE Henry Anderson, Patriots’ defensive end, left the game with a chest injury in the second quarter and didn’t return. After a second quarter hit, RB Damien Harris was shaken but was able return. … DB Cody Davis was injured in his knee and left the game during the third quarter. Jonathan Jones was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter.