There have been instances throughout the slog of a soccer sport Sunday night time when Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady appeared frustrated. There have been different instances he appeared indignant. There have been a number of instances he appeared downright previous.
However there have been additionally six throws in extra time the place Tom Brady appeared like Tom Brady. And that’s all of the Buccaneers wanted.
Brady accomplished all six of his passes in overtime, serving to the Bucs overcome a 10-point deficit within the fourth quarter and beat the Arizona Cardinals 19-16 to maintain a one-game lead within the NFC South.
“If we preserve it shut within the fourth quarter, we all know we’ve acquired a shot,” Brady stated. “I feel we’re all snug in these conditions.”
Ryan Succop hit the decisive 40-yard discipline purpose with 3:41 left in extra time, capping a nine-play, 66-yard drive. Brady wasn’t nice for a lot of the night time, however got here up large on the decisive drive, finishing all six of his passes for 69 yards in a classic show of precision in clutch moments.
It was Brady’s 57th profitable drive.
“That’s simply who he’s,” Fournette stated. “He’s been doing it for years. Guys like myself, Mike (Evans), Julio (Jones), Chris (Godwin), Rachaad (White), everyone, we’re simply enjoying a component in his greatness. Give him what he desires. He desires sure routes run sure methods.
“We’re simply right here to attempt to make his job simpler.”
The Cardinals acquired the ball to begin extra time however eventually needed to punt. Tampa Bay acquired the large acquire it wanted when Brady discovered Russell Gage Jr. for a 23-yard acquire.
From there, the Bucs squeezed out a number of extra yards earlier than Succop made his fourth discipline purpose of the night.
Arizona (4-11) has misplaced 5 straight video games, whereas Tampa Bay snapped a two-game skid. The Bucs (7-8) stayed a sport forward of the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints within the NFC South. Tampa Bay has an important house sport towards Carolina subsequent weekend.
The 45-year-old Brady made his 331st profession begin at quarterback, whereas the Cardinals have been all the way down to Hint McSorley in his first begin. The previous Penn State standout had been the staff’s third-string quarterback for a lot of the season, however made his starting debut after accidents to Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy.
James Conner broke unfastened for a 22-yard landing run with 10:47 left within the fourth quarter to present the Cardinals a 16-6 benefit. However Brady and the Bucs responded with their first landing drive on the night time, scoring when the quarterback hit Rachaad White on a 3-yard go, slicing it to 16-13 with 8:03 left.
The Bucs caught an enormous break on the following drive when Cardinals rookie Keaontay Ingram fumbled a pitch from McSorley. Tampa Bay’s William Gholston jumped on the unfastened ball.
Tampa Bay capitalized 9 performs later when Succop made a 42-yard discipline purpose for his third discipline purpose of the night time, tying it at 16 and forcing extra time.
Brady was 32 of 48 for 281 yards, one landing and two interceptions. He’s thrown at the least two interceptions in three straight games, which ties the longest streak of his profession. Fournette ran for 72 yards and caught 9 passes for 90 yards.
“It was a complete effort immediately within the second half, particularly within the fourth quarter,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles stated. “Protection getting stops and the offense cashing in.”
Arizona’s McSorley was 24 of 45 for 217 yards and one interception.
“Our guys performed arduous, battled,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury stated. “I assumed the protection performed their hearts out and gave us an opportunity. Simply wished to complete offensively.”
Neither staff made it to the tip zone in a primary half that led to a 6-6 tie. Cardinals kicker Matt Prater booted discipline objectives from 56 and 53 yards. His second one — simply earlier than halftime — bounced off the left upright however nonetheless trickled previous the crossbar for 3 factors.
Brady was on the offensive early, throwing a deep go down the precise sideline to Julio Jones on the sport’s opening play. The go was incomplete however Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton was referred to as for go interference, leading to a 30-yard acquire.
However the 23-year veteran was off on a number of different deep balls. Brady was intercepted throughout a promising drive within the second quarter when the quarterback was hit on the arm as he tried to throw deep to Evans. The throw was nicely quick and picked off by Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson Jr.
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