FOXBORO, Mass. – Tom Brady brought two decades of touchdown passes, wins and championships to New England.
He returned Sunday night and reminded his former team what they were missing.
Brady rallied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 19-17 win over the Patriots in the rain on Sunday night, with Ryan Sukop winning a 48-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Brady was 22 for 43 for 269 yards without a touchdown, but he prepared a fourth-quarter drive to defeat his former team. Ronald Jones added an 8-yard scoring run to defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay (3-1).
“So many great people who have been friends for a long time. What a great game,” Brady said. “They got a really good football team. He earned us “
Brady broke Drew Brees’ NFL career passing yardage record and became the fourth quarterback with victories against all 32 NFL teams, joining Brees, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning.
“He fielded us in tough times when we needed a field goal,” said Bucks coach Bruce Arian. “He was not going to make a mistake that cost us the game.”
New England had a chance to win, but Nick Folk’s 56-yard field-goal effort hit a straight to the left with less than a minute left. The Patriots are 1-3 for the first time since 2001. Bill Belichick is now 8-12 years old since Brady left New England.
“The Books won this game,” Arian said. “Everyone wanted to make this Brady vs. Belichick. I don’t think Bill took a picture.”
Belichick didn’t say anything Brady didn’t surprise him with.
“We went defensively against Tom Brady every day, every day in practice,” Belichick said. “So it’s not like we’ve ever seen Tom Brady before.”
Patriots rookie Mac Jones finished 31 for 40 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
The Buccaneers were hurt by a number of mistakes in defense as well as spotty special teams play – marked by poor punts, a missed starting field goal and costly penalties.
But Tampa was able to come up with plays in time to stay in the game, including Antoine Winfield Jr., who was forced into a fumble by JJ Taylor that was caught by Richard Sherman on a promising drive early in the third quarter. was found to fail.
With Tampa Bay down 17-16, Brady and the Buccaneers held on to their 25 and needed a drive of just seven plays for the Patriots’ 30. Sukkop calmly connected for 48-yards after Antonio Brown failed to hang onto a pass in the end zone. With 2:02 left.
With a 7-6 lead, the Patriots punted and Matt Slater appeared to fix a fumble by Jaden Mikens. But a non-player-like conduct penalty on Slater negated the play.
The Bux took hold and ended an eight-play, 52-yard drive with an 8-yard scoring run by Ronald Jones.
The Patriots reacted to their next possession, using six straight completions by Jones to go up to Books 1. Jones then found Jonnu Smith in the back of the end field to keep the Patriots leading 14-13.
Tampa marched on its ensuing campaign all the way to the Patriots 8 before being forced to score 16–14 for the third field goal of the game.
New England withdrew with 7:58 remaining in the game and quickly went down the field, reaching the red zone on a trick play that ended with receiver Jacoby Meyers throwing a 30-yard pass to Nelson Agholer. Happened. The drive stalled there and the Patriots pointed to a 17-16 lead on Nick Folk’s 27-yard field goal.
Brady was greeted with cheers during the pregame, before a stream of booze swept the field on the Buccaneers’ first drive of the night.
Some cheers returned on his second offensive series of the night when he completed a 28-yard pass to Mike Evans and passed the 80,358 yard mark to become the NFL’s career passing leader in the regular season.
The pass helped set a 29-yard field goal to put the Bucs 3-0 ahead.
Tampa Bay’s defense put pressure on Jones on the Patriots’ next drive. Linebacker Devin White got a free run on Jones in the middle, forcing him to rush a pass which was tipped off by Ross Cockrell and stopped by Winfield.
The Patriots erased the mistake by stopping the Buccaneers in third place just inside the red zone. The Buccaneers attempted to score another field goal, but this time Succop was 36 yards wide.
Buccaneers: Davis III was helped off the field with a quad injury in the second quarter and did not return. … Winfield went to the locker room in the fourth quarter to be evaluated.
Patriot: DE Henry Anderson left the game in the second quarter with a chest injury and did not return. … RB Damien Harris was shaken after a hit in the second quarter but was able to make a comeback. … DB Cody Davis left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. …Jonathan Jones left the game late in the fourth quarter.
Buccaneers: Host the Dolphins on Sundays.
Patriot: Sunday in Texas.