Thursday night was another night of records for Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, who became the first player in NFL history to start 300 games. It was also the 302nd regular season game that Brady has ever appeared in, tying Brett Favre for ninth-most in NFL history. Brady wasn’t done though, as he threw three-plus touchdowns in a game for the 94th time in his career. That mark surpassed Peyton Manning for the second-most such games in NFL history and put him just three such games behind Drew Brees.
Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Brady finished the game completing 32-of-50 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns. It was his 34th career game with four or more touchdown passes, third most in league history. On top of that, his 300-yard passing game was the 100th of Brady’s career, just 23 behind Drew Brees all-time. Brady is now just 775 yards away from Brees’ all-time passing yardage record of 80,358.
Brady found tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone twice on Thursday night. The second connection put the duo ahead of Steve Young and Jerry Rice and in third place all-time with 86 regular season touchdowns. It was also Brady and Gronkowski’s 100th career touchdown connection when you include playoffs. Gronkowski’s second score managed to tie Don Maynard for the 13th-most touchdown receptions all time.
It was a big game for Bucs wide receivers Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown as well. Godwin notched his 25th career touchdown, tying Mike Williams for the seventh-most receiving scores in team history. Brown recorded his 44th 100-yard game, 16th-most in league history. Brown’s 11,867 career receiving yards surpassed Don Maynard and Antonio Gates for the 29th-most all time.
Offense wasn’t the only side of the ball re-writing the record books. Linebacker Lavonte David’s 138th start for the Bucs moved him ahead of fullback Mike Alstott for the fifth-most all-time with the franchise. His 11-tackle performance was the 36th time David has achieved double-digit tackles in his NFL career. Only two linebackers have posted more since David entered the league in 2013.
J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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