Comfortable Tom Brady She took to the stage with a big smile.
said the seven-time Super Bowl quarterback after throwing a pair of touchdown passes in the final three minutes Monday night to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recover from a 13-point deficit with just over five minutes to go and Beat New Orleans Saints 17-16.
It was Brady’s first career 44th quarter comeback, giving him solo possession of the game NFL a record he previously shared with Peyton Manning.
Visibly frustrated and on the verge of being held without a TD pass at home by the Saints for the third straight season, Brady drove on goals of 91 and 63 yards and the Bucs (6-6) returned to . Weak NFC South.
“We had a lot of games to finish,” Brady said. “Some we won, some we lost, and that’s why we won 6-6. It’s not where we want to be, but we’ll keep fighting.”
The 45-year-old quarterback threw a one-yard TD pass to rookie Cade Otton, making it 16-10 with exactly three minutes left. He got the ball back with a time of 2:29, then won the game on a six-yard throw to another starter, Rashad White, with three seconds left in the game.
“They played hard, showed guts. It was a total team effort,” Boss coach Todd Bowles said. “The defense got the ball back, and the offense took advantage of it. Take it back, cash it again.”
The Saints (4-9) have swept the season series among opponents in each of the past two seasons, holding Brady without a TD pass at 38-3 New Orleans in 2020 and again in a 9-0 win on the road in 2021.
Tampa Bay ended a seven-game regular season losing streak in the series with a 20–10 win in Week 2, in which James sacked Winston six times and forced five turnovers.
Andy Dalton, who had not played in previous meetings, threw for 225 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions for New Orleans on Monday. However, the Saints eventually paid for having to settle for three field goals by Will Lutz while driving deep into Bock territory.
The Bucs rebounded from an overtime loss to Cleveland to extend their teams lead over the Atlanta Falcons to 1.5 games.
The last-place Saints missed an opportunity to get into a tie for the second time with the Falcons. None of the four teams in the NFC South have a winning record.
“I have to go into a bye week knowing we had to beat this team,” Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said. “The first time we had to beat this team. This time we should have. … We should have beaten a lot of other teams. We didn’t.”
Brady, who exchanged pregame greetings with the biggest prize in baseball’s free agent market this winter AL MVP Aaron Judge, finished 36 of 54 for 281 yards and two touchdowns.
“Tom Brady is Tom Brady. He was meticulous about sticking to Dink’s plan and immersing him,” Jordan said. “He did the only prayer he sent there and bailed out with the flag.”
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