The whole game shouldn’t have come down to this moment, but it did. With the Bucs up 28-22, Tom Brady and co. faced a 3rd-and-7 from the Eagles 45-yard line. 3:24 remained on the clock. In the biggest moment of the game, Brady and wide receiver Antonio Brown delivered. The quarterback scrambled right and hit Brown on his back hip with a tight-window throw on third down. Brown made a fantastic catch to rip the ball away from the flailing defender, and the Bucs were able to run out the clock on the victory.

“It was huge,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Great route and hell of a throw when you’re trying to get out of the pocket. It’s a couple times this year he’s thrown out of the pocket to the right and made a big play down the field.”

Brady’s improved mobility has been a greater asset than anyone could have foreseen this season. So has Brown’s impact, as the receiver piled up nine catches on 13 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown. Despite playing less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps last night, Brown is putting up numbers on par with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

“Yeah, [Brown] made a great play,” Brady said. “Just dipped underneath the guy and then found space. Kind of what he’s done his entire career. He made a huge play, it was awesome.”

According to Arians, Brown the progression order of the play had Brown as a late read. Brady’s ability to get out of structure, combined with Brown’s feel for space in the scramble drill, created the big play.

“No, it was probably the third [read],” Arians said. “The first two [are] quick ones. Then [Brady] breaks contain and just finds him. It’s one thing that [Brown] does. He’ll run and get to an open spot when he sees the quarterback moving.”

On the season, Brown has 29 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns.

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Pete Wood
Pete Wood
8 months ago

Good teams find a way to win. A W is a W.
With Winston as QB, Bucs would be two and four with only wins over Miami and Atlanta.

Dude
Dude
8 months ago

Watching the game, it seemed like a different take on the offense. I liked seeing them stick to run, especially against a defense that can’t defend the run too well. However, it seemed a little conservative compared to what were use to. At first they started out with some aggressive play calling, but shortly after, the offense seemed to get a little too conservative. Which is what I thought allowed the Eagles to get back in the game. There were a few times on some play where I saw Evans or Godwin wide open down field and it looked like… Read more »

The Wall
The Wall
Reply to  Dude
8 months ago

Totally agree. We were moving the ball and racking up the points in the first half. I don’t know if it was Brady’s thumb or if we were trying to protect the lead. Pretty sure the Eagles defense didn’t suddenly get that much better. We were very predicable in the second half. Against a better team we wouldn’t have gotten away with it.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  The Wall
8 months ago

I don’t think it was Brady’s thumb at all. It was 100% Arians wanting to burn time off the clock and just get outta there without losing any more Defenders. That game could have easily been won by 3-4 TDs if they wanted to air it out as usual.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Dude
8 months ago

i think Brady’s thumb or hand was hurting him. The usually tight spiral began to look a little wobbly. Lets hope the long weekend rest can help him. The sack on him didn’t help

drdneast
drdneast
8 months ago

That sounded very harrowing and melodramatic, but I didn’t see AB “rip the ball away from the flailing defender.” It was hardly a Mission Impossible moment.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
8 months ago

I’m not a football analyst in any deep sense. I’m just a fan. I am really impressed with Antonio Brown this year. Though his reputation was long standing, I have not seen much of his play previously because he was not a Buc.
If Evans and Godwin are said to be great or elite then Brown would have to be considered even more special. He has a knack for getting open, securing the ball and then getting some YAC. 

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  SenileSenior
8 months ago

If you look at AB’s stats from his Pittsburgh days, he was pretty much the best receiver in the league. And then he got involved in a bunch of nonsense for a couple years.

fredster
fredster
8 months ago

Brown has been playing better than Evans and Godwin this year. That’s a fact. He also has been clutch in big moments. I didn’t like the signing last year, but I’m happy to say I was wrong. Lol.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  fredster
8 months ago

Brady and Brown has the same vision of the defense and what route to run. They had it in New England, Brady’s security blanket

Randy H.
Randy H.
Reply to  Eddie
8 months ago

During that one game that they played together there?

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Randy H.
8 months ago

exactly what I was thinking, definitely not from New England

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  fredster
8 months ago

It’s also a fact that AB would not be as open to make those plays if it wasn’t for the fact that Mike or Godwin is constantly getting double coverage! Without Mike or Godwin then AB gets double coverage and all the sudden he’s not as open as he used to be! Fact!

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

All three receivers saw the same coverage. Don’t be such a baby about your binky receivers, they’re fine.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
8 months ago

They did not! And what r u even saying??? All I said is things would be vastly different for AB if Godwin and Evans weren’t on the outside. Fact!

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
8 months ago

Great play overall, but one of many rough balls on the night from Brady. He basically threw the defender back into the play. Brown is running towards the sideline, and a ball just a bit ahead of him = easy completion. Instead, he threw it back inside, making it a tougher catch, and putting the corner in position to make a play on the ball. He didn’t, thankfully, but he came within inches of reaching it. Just a couple plays later, the throw to Brate that end up going for a first down was rough, too. Brate was, idk, roughly… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 months ago

You’re going to complain that an on the move throw was roughly a foot off from the exact perfect placement? That’s a bit much. Brady and the Bucs were fine. As far as the Int, it was a rare occasion that Brady and AB didn’t see the play the same. AB cut off his route and Brady led him as if he were going to continue deep. No idea who was right or wrong but they just saw it differently.