Foxboro, Mass. – If they came to see vintage Tom Brady, the much-anticipated return to Gillette Stadium didn’t happen.
except at the end.
Surrounded by misfires and unfinished drives throughout the game, Brady showed the old faithful that he could still lead his team to a game-winning drive at crunchtime, for good measure.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers escaped a major scare – and Brady avoided a major embarrassment – by securing a 19-17 win against the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
“Very surreal,” Brady said in his postgame interview on NBC of the experience. “It’s an amazing organization they have and so many great people who have been friends for a long time. What a great game. They have a really good football team and that’s earned us. We’ve got a lot in the red (zone) Haven’t done it. . Our people really fought it.”
what a jerk? Estimates that Brady might hang 50 on his former teammates upon his return to his old stomping ground proved to be off base.
Instead, Bill Belichick & Co. sweats the TB12. mainly.
The Patriots (1-3) came in to push the Bucs (3-1) over the edge with gadget plays, flashy blights and a minimum-fault performance from rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
Sure, Brady becomes NFL’s all-time leader for passing yards (overtaking Drew Brees’ record) and became the fourth quarterback ever to win against all 32 NFL teams. But he was almost overtaken by a rookie and had the least skillful game of the season. For the second time since joining the Books as a free agent in 2020, Brady has not bowled a touchdown.
But he won. again. The Bucks took their final lead on Ryan Sukop’s 48-yard field goal with 1:57 on the clock, capping a 7-play, 45-yard drive.
Brady finished with 269 passing yards (24 out of 38) and a passer rating of 70.8.
However, it was sealed when a 56-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk was hit straight to the left and 56 seconds were not good to play.
Wow. What a way for Brady to register his 156th win at Gillette Stadium.
“It’s been my home for 20 years,” Brady said. “I have the best memories. … done today.”
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