Tom Brady added to his own NFL record for career winning runs, pulling another rabbit out of his hat to deliver an unlikely 17-16 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday.
Brady’s Bucs had just three points in the first 55 minutes of the 60-minute contest, but produced two clutch touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to salvage a gutsy victory.
He delivered the first touchdown pass to Cade Otton with three minutes remaining, and after winning the ball back 30 seconds later, the two and a half minutes on the clock was more than enough time to come back down and find Rachaad White with three seconds left. to lose.
Brady now has 56 career-winning drives, two more than second-place Peyton Manning.
It was a pivotal win for the Buccaneers, who are now 6-6 and a clear game atop the vapid NFC South.
After the win, Brady reflected on the rollercoaster of emotions after his game-winning first touchdown pass to Chris Godwin was nullified by a holding penalty.
“Just as we wrote it,” he said wryly to open his press conference.
“It was awesome. Great route by Rachaad, great catch. [Offensive coordinator] byron [Leftwich] makes a great call.
“We thought we threw the touchdown to Chris – I thought we threw it in a split second. I was like ‘how was there a catch? I grabbed it and threw it”.
“That brings us back to 15 [yard line], but we still found a way. It was a great team victory.
“We’ve been pretty good in the no-huddle and two-minute drills. A lot of games come down to those kinds of plays – and our guys made them. Our guys made the plays this week.”
Since arriving in Tampa Bay ahead of the 2020-21 season, Brady has faced the Saints three times at home, and it’s both the first win and the first time the Buccaneers have been able to score a touchdown in one. of these matches.
“They’re a tough team to beat, and I’m glad we won,” he said. “They have a great defense, they played us very physically, as we thought.
“We made a few mistakes in there, but we made enough plays in the end to win.
“I wish we could score more points against them, they make it really tough. They have a really good scheme, really good players, they cover well, rush well, very good linebackers.
“Difficult match, but a great victory.”
Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles was thrilled with the result, pointing to his team’s “guts”.
“They showed courage, they showed courage and they played well together,” he said. “It was complete teamwork.
“The defense got the ball, the attack conceded it. We got it one more time, they got it one more time. It was a good team effort.”
Next on their schedule are the San Francisco 49ers, who present a golden opportunity for a win as this will be the first start at quarterback for third tailpiece Brock Purdy following Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury. sunday.
Brady played his last college game at Michigan four days after Purdy was born.