TAMPA, FL – It was more of the same for the struggling offense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they slugged to move the ball against the Los Angeles Rams.
Tampa only managed 9 points on three filed goals for most of the game. They were plagued by dropped passes, six from key receiver Mike Evans.
But something happened. 44 seconds left, and Brady had the ball on his own 40 yard line, and no time outs.
He reminded us of who he is.
Tom Brady drove the Buccaneers on a vintage drives.
From there, he completed four straight passes (on his fifth, Mike Evans drew a defensive pass interference call on Derion Kendrick), before finding rookie tight end Cade Otton, who ran out of a bunch formation and into the flat for a 1-yard touchdown.
On a day where Brady passed the 100,000 yrs passing mark, this win finally brought the joy back to Tampa.
“That was awesome,” said Brady, who had not beaten the Rams in three tries as a Buccaneer until Sunday. “That was f—in’ awesome.”
Brady’s 15-yard pass to running back Leonard Fournette in the second quarter was a history-maker, as he became the first NFL quarterback to eclipse 100,000 career passing yards in the regular season and postseason combined.
“It’s all about the win,” Brady said. “It’s all about the win, man. I never cared about the [records]. All about the win.”
“He’s so under control in those situations,” rookie tight end Cade Otton, who also caught a key 28-yard pass on the first play of the final drive. “We all believe in him, and we all believe in each other. And despite the results on offense this season, we still believed. And when it came down to it, and when it mattered most, we were able to get it done. We knew we had that in us. It was great to prove it.”
At 4-5, the Bucs are still one game below .500, but they regained control of the NFC South after the Atlanta Falcons fell on Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Buccaneers next jet over to Munich Germany to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday November 13th.