Seth Udinski, FISM News
The signature matchup of week 4 in the NFL came Sunday night in Foxborough, MA, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers battled the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
Football fans circled this game on the schedule before the season started, as the ageless Tom Brady made his return to New England to battle his former coach, Bill Belichick, and his former team. Together, the two men led the Patriots to become the most prolific dynasty in NFL history. In a span of 20 ,the pair won six Super Bowl titles, appeared in nine Super Bowls, and won 17 AFC East division titles.
Throughout that time, the Patriots suffered only one losing season – Brady’s rookie year in 2000, and missed the playoffs only three times – one of those years being 2008 when Brady missed the whole season due to injury.
After a quick playoff exit at the end of the 2019 season, Brady and the Patriots parted ways. Last year, Brady led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl while New England suffered its first losing season since 2000.
Sunday night’s matchup lived up the hype, as the game went down to the wire. After a back-and-forth battle, Brady drove the Buccaneers down the field late in the 4th quarter to set up a 48-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Succop. Succop nailed the field goal with just two minutes remaining to give the Buccaneers a 19-17 lead. The Bucs would hold on to win by that same score.
Ryan Succop with this kick late in the 4th quarter for the Bucs which turned out to be the game winning FG! pic.twitter.com/zi0CbDluJm
— Vizor Sports (@VizorSportsSC) October 4, 2021
The game proved to be special for Brady on multiple levels. In addition to the win and a heartfelt reunion with his former head coach and fans, Brady passed Drew Brees as the NFL’s all-time leader in career passing yards. Brady broke Brees’ former record of 80,291 yards.
BRADY BREAKS THE RECORD IN FOXBOROUGH!
Tom Brady passes Drew Brees for the NFL passing yards record 👏 pic.twitter.com/AsXpqeTq13
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 4, 2021