In the narrowest of victories, the Bucs prevailed over the Patriots in Week 4, 19-17. The margin could have been greater, however, if Tom Brady and Antonio Brown had connected on either of two end zone shots on the Bucs final scoring drive. According to Bruce Arians, the Bucs had a matchup they liked and wanted to exploit it.

“That was really hard,” Arians said on Bucs Total Access. “Those are a couple plays we have to make right there. I thought it was a great ball by Tom [Brady] (on third down). The play before, AB puts a double move on and gets double hand-jammed with no call. And it’s like, ‘well, ok’. But let’s go right back to it, because he’s going to run by him again. And he did. We just didn’t quite make the play to ice the game.”

Down 17-16, Brady’s 2nd-and-8 pass to Brown in the back of the end zone fell incomplete. It looked like Brown may have lost the ball as he tried to track it downfield. Also, there was no flag on the clear jam beyond the 5-yard cushion window.

On third down, the Bucs knew they had the matchup they wanted. With cornerback Jon Jones limping, Brown raced by him and Brady delivered a perfect strike. Jones admirably made up some ground, but the throw from Brady was as good a toss as you’ll see all season. Brown just dropped it.

Thankfully, it didn’t matter. Ryan Succop nailed the 48-yard kick, and the Bucs defense forced a 56-yard field goal attempt that hit the left upright. The Bucs improved to 3-1 on the season, as they head back to Tampa Bay to take on the Dolphins in Week 5.

You can listen to the whole interview with Arians right here.

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SenileSenior
SenileSenior
9 months ago

This drive and this play are perfect examples of what is meant by “a game of inches”. Some slight adjustment by AB might have made the differences in whether he caught tit or not. Maybe, he would catch it eight or nine times out of ten under nearly identical circumstances.
The game was a bit of a nail biter and great fun to watch after all. Blow outs can sometimes get boring when you are winning apparently easily. Of course as a fan I want o win every time no matter what.

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Go Bucs!!!!

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
Reply to  SenileSenior
9 months ago

” caught it” … No psychological inferences are necessary. 😁 (Aging is not my excuse. I’ve always been a lousy typist.)

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  SenileSenior
9 months ago

For a second there I thought AB was hitting the strip clubs or something. :)

Joseph
Joseph
9 months ago

Those two plays before the two minute warning it was such bad clock management and with the rain seemed like a bad decision thank God for succop? Thank God for folk and if I’m bill I’m going for it on fourth down so lucky to squeeze that win out but a wins a win on to the dolphins

Mark Alsott
Mark Alsott
Reply to  Joseph
9 months ago

Who taught you how to write? smh
You might not be dumb, but it sure seems like it with the way you use the written word.

Joseph
Joseph
Reply to  Mark Alsott
9 months ago

Got me good there, does this make you feel better hope so

Mark Alsott
Mark Alsott
Reply to  Joseph
9 months ago

Have a great life with those wonderful communication skills of yours.

bucballer
bucballer
9 months ago

This puts to rest whether the ball was catchable. Ball hit AB in the hands! Non debatable! Brady threw a beautiful ball too!

surferdudes
surferdudes
9 months ago

He could’ve summed it up with two words, risky, bisky.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
9 months ago

A lot of people are minimizing the effect of the rain. The rain was so intense that water covered the tv cameras and I had trouble making things out on the tv from time to time. Many of the Bucs near misses and dropped balls and overthrows wouldn’t happen in better weather.
The Bucs will be just fine.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Pete Wood
8 months ago

I was there. The rain wasn’t as bad as it looked on TV, but it did serve as the great equalizer.