Tom Brady became the all-time NFL point guard upon his return to New England, as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers escaped with a 19-17 victory over his former team.
Brady completed a 28-yard pass to Mike Evans with just over six minutes left in the first quarter to officially surpass Drew Brees’ previous record of 80,358. Brady finished the game 22 of 43 in the air, for 269 yards, bringing his career total to 80,560.
The exact moment when Brady broke the record was a bit of a disappointment, however, as it was initially believed that Evans ‘completion had seen him tie Brees’ mark. A time-out was requested before the next play, in which it was revealed that Brady had in fact already secured the record.
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Brees was in Foxborough to attend the moment, as part of his new role as analyst for the cover of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Brady, who has spent 20 years and won six of his seven Super Bowls with the Patriots, was greeted warmly by his former home crowd when he first stepped onto the pitch for pre-game warm-ups, but was then booed once the match started. disabled.
After the two teams combined for three straight practices that ended with punters to start the game, Brady broke Tampa Bay’s second set record on offense, setting up a field goal for Ryan Succop for the firsts. points of the match.
Brady and the Bucs failed to get things done their way, however, as the Patriots fought their way into the halftime advantage and held a 17-16 advantage at the end of the fourth quarter.
But the Bucs took the lead again after Brady scored a fourth Succop field goal of the game, while Nick Folk missed a 56 yards for the Patriots – fell from the left upright – with a minute remaining for end the match.
After the game, Brady and his former coach Bill Belichick met in the middle of the field and exchanged a very brief hug before going their separate ways.
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