Brady regarded unsteady for a lot of the sport, overthrowing receivers and settling for area objectives as an alternative of touchdowns. Nonetheless, when he accomplished a 28-yard go to receiver Mike Evans within the first quarter, Brady became the N.F.L.’s career passing leader, surpassing the file of 80,358 yards set final yr by Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback who retired on the finish of the season. Brady now has 80,560 passing yards. He additionally has probably the most landing passes in N.F.L. historical past, with 591, having thrown 20 greater than Brees.
New England famous the passing yards file on the stadium’s video screens and there was a burst of cheers, nevertheless it was in any other case enterprise as traditional as followers snapped again into kind.
They roared when Patriots linebacker Matt Judon sacked Brady for an 8-yard loss within the second quarter.
Brady, although, did what he’s achieved so many occasions: He got here alive when the stakes had been excessive. Down by 7-3 with lower than two minutes left within the first half, Brady shortly accomplished 4 passes for 69 yards to place the Buccaneers able to attain. Then he missed three straight passes and the group settled for a area purpose to slender the deficit to 7-6 at halftime.
Brady and the Buccaneers discovered their footing late within the third quarter once they used their working sport to march 52 yards down the sphere and rating their first landing to regain the lead, 13-7. After the Patriots scored their second landing, Brady leaned closely on working again Leonard Fournette, who completed with 91 yards dashing. Brady even ran for six yards and a primary down, extending a drive that ended with Ryan Succop’s kicking the third of his 4 area objectives to assist the Buccaneers regain the lead, 16-14.
Jones overcame poor go safety and no working sport to maintain the Patriots within the sport. He accomplished 31 of 40 passes, together with 19 completions in a row at one level, for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Patriots’ offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, additionally known as two trick performs, together with one during which receiver Jakobi Meyers threw to receiver Nelson Agholor for a 30-yard achieve.
Lots of Jones’s passes went to receivers being defended by Richard Sherman, the All-Professional cornerback who was signed final week as a free agent by the Buccaneers. Sherman, who sat out most of 2020 with an harm, was known as for go interference late within the sport.