For the primary time in his NFL profession, quarterback Tom Brady took the sphere for a regular-season sport in a uniform apart from the New England Patriots.
He made issues fascinating, particularly as he tried to mount a rally late within the fourth quarter, however was unable to guide the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the New Orleans Saints within the season-opener for each groups Sunday.
The Saints capitalized on a pair of Brady errors – an interception within the first half that led to a Saints scoring drive and one other one within the third quarter that was returned for a landing – for a 34-23 victory on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Brady completed with 239 yards on 23 for 36 passing. He threw landing passes to O.J. Howard and Mike Evans, and ran for a landing to cap his first drive because the Buccaneers’ quarterback.
Brady was intercepted by Marcus Williams within the second quarter and the Saints scored on the following possession to take a 14-7 lead. On Tampa Bay’s first possession of the third quarter, Brady was intercepted by Janoris Jenkins, who returned it 36 yards for a landing and a 24-7 lead.
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Brady led an 11-play, 87-yard drive that ended with a landing go to Mike Evans – his first catch of the sport – that lower the Saints’ result in 34-23 late within the fourth quarter. A 37-yard go to Scott Miller highlighted the drive.
Saints get some respiration room
After Brady pulled Tampa Bay inside one rating within the third quarter, the Saints opened the fourth with a six-play, 61-yard landing drive to make it 31-17. The spotlight was a 46-yard go play from Drew Brees to Jared Prepare dinner that put the Saints on the Tampa Bay 15.
On the kickoff that adopted, the Bucs gave the ball proper again when two gamers tried to catch the kickoff, the ball ended up on the turf, and the Saints recovered on the 18.
Rally within the making?
Brady led an eight-play, 41-yard drive that ended with a 38-yard subject objective by Ryan Succop that lower New Orleans’s result in 24-17 with 2:22 left within the third quarter.
Since Brady’s pick-6 firstly of the third quarter, the Bucs have scored 10 unanswered factors to drag inside one rating.
On the Bucs’ possession instantly after Brady threw an interception that was returned for a landing and a 24-7 Saints lead early within the third quarter, he led a two-play drive that lower the result in 24-14.
Brady hit tight finish O.J. Howard on a 9-yard landing go play to cap the drive, which was aided by a 45-yard go interference penalty towards the Saints.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 13, 2020
Within the third quarter, Brady threw an interception that was returned for a landing and a 24-7 Saints lead. Brady was making an attempt to hit Justin Watson on the precise aspect when Janoris Jenkins jumped the route, picked off the go, and sprinted untouched 36 yards for the landing.
Janoris Jenkins jumps in entrance for the pick-6! #Saints
— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2020
The Saints held a 17-7 lead at halftime. Brady and the Bucs received the ball again with 44 seconds left within the first half, however had been unable to get something going. An intentional grounding penalty and a missed connection on third-and-14 compelled a punt, and the Saints kneeled to finish the half.
Brady was eight for 12 passing for 76 yards within the first half. He threw an interception within the second quarter that led to the Saints’ second landing on the following possession.
The Bucs averaged 3.7 yards per play within the first half (the Saints had been at 4.2) and held a slight edge in time of possession (15:08 – 14:52).
Gronk in on the motion
Whereas Brady’s transfer to Tampa Bay was among the many largest offseason storylines within the NFL, the return of one of many gamers who helped make Brady so profitable was one other. Tight finish Rob Gronkowski was lured out of retirement to affix Brady in Tampa.
Gronkowski made his first look on the stat sheet with a two-yard reception within the second quarter.