NFL Roundup: Vintage Tom Brady leads Bucs to improbable comeback

by Jacob Fuller

Rob Issa, FISM News


Tom Brady pumped his fist, waved to the fans, and ran off the field with a smile for the first time in a month.

Desperate for a win, the greatest quarterback in NFL history turned in a vintage performance. Facing a fourth-straight loss for only the second time in his storied 23-year-career, Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an improbable victory.

Brady needed just 35 seconds with no time-outs to drive the Buccaneers 60 yards on six plays in the final minute. He tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie Cade Otton with 9 seconds remaining to lift Tampa over the Los Angeles Rams 16-13 on Sunday.

“Yeah, that was pretty awesome,” Brady said. “That’s why we play β€” to get out there and win and give it all you got. It was great to see.”

The 45-year-old Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, was off to the worst start of his career. The victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Rams lifted the Buccaneers back into first place in the NFC South. Brady achieved another milestone in the game, becoming the first player ever to surpass 100,000 career yards passing.

“We always have a chance with him. We’re grateful to have him,” Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said. “He got over 100,000 yards β€” that’s a long playing career for anybody. He still plays at a high level. We love the guy to death.”

Lions 15 – Packers 9

Aaron Rodgers tied a career-high with three interceptions, including two in the end zone, and the Green Bay Packers lost their fifth straight game, 15-9 to the Detroit Lions.

Chiefs 20 – Titans 17

Patrick Mahomes rallied the Kansas City Chiefs to a 20-17 victory in overtime over the Tennessee Titans. Mahomes ran for the tying touchdown and 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter and finished with 446 yards passing.

Jets 20 – Bills 17

The surprising New York Jets upset the Buffalo Bills 20-17 as the defense shut down Josh Allen. Zach Wilson threw a touchdown pass and Greg Zuerlein kicked a go-ahead 28-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining.

Dolphins 35 – Bears 32

Tua Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes, Tyreek Hill had 143 yards receiving and the Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears 35-32. Bears quarterback Justin Fields ran for 178 yards, the most by an NFL quarterback in a regular-season game, and became the first player since at least 1950 with at least 150 yards rushing and three TD passes in a game.

Vikings 20 – Commanders 17

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes and the Minnesota Vikings came back to defeat the Washington Commanders 20-17. Harrison Smith picked off Taylor Heinicke to set up the tying score as the Vikings won their sixth straight game.

Seahawks 31 – Cardinals 21

Geno Smith tossed two TD passes, rookie Kenneth Walker III ran for 109 yards and two scores and the Seattle Seahawks cruised past the Arizona Cardinals 31-21 for their fourth straight win.

Chargers 20 – Falcons 17

Cameron Dicker kicked a 37-yard field goal to lift the Los Angeles Chargers over the Atlanta Falcons 20-17. Dicker made a winning kick earlier in the season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bengals 42 – Panthers 21

Joe Mixon rushed for 153 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Cincinnati Bengals built a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to a 42-21 rout over the Carolina Panthers. Mixon scored four times on runs and one pass from Joe Burrow.

Jaguars 27 – Raiders 20

Travis Etienne ran for two touchdowns and Jacksonville rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Las Vegas 27-20. It was the second-biggest comeback in franchise history for the Jaguars. The Raiders led 17-0 early in the second quarter.

Patriots 26 – Colts 3

The New England Patriots had nine sacks in a dominant defensive effort against the Indianapolis Colts in a 26-3 victory. Linebackers Matt Judon and Josh Uche each had three sacks, and the Patriots held Indianapolis to 121 yards and 0-of-14 on third down.