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Rain poured down on Gillette Stadium in the Bucs 19-17 win against the New England Patriots. An emotional week ended with a win for Tom Brady against his former head coach and mentor Bill Belichick. Penalties on both sides of the ball and drops continue to hamper this Bucs team. Energy and execution limited them in a game that could’ve been more lopsided than the final score would indicate.

Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time passing leader on a 28-yard completion to wide receiver Mike Evans. Brady finished the game going 22-43 for 269 yards and zero touchdowns. The Bucs finally got the run game going behind Leonard Fournette’s 91 yards and a Ronald Jones touchdown. Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 63 yards in his homecoming, but dropped a late touchdown that could’ve sealed a Bucs win.

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka – Photo by: USA Today

The pressure finally got home against the Patriots. Rookie Joe Tryon-Shoyinka logged his first and second career sacks. While Shaq Barrett and William Gholston both recorded their second sacks of the season. Antoine Winfield Jr. recorded his second career interception after a Ross Cockrell tip. Devin White brought the heat on the play, hitting Mac Jones as he threw. Winfield also had a forced fumble that was recovered by Richard Sherman.The defense limited the Pats to -1 rushing yards on the game.

More bad news on the injury front for the Bucs secondary. Carlton Davis left the game late in the second quarter, and had to be carted back to the locker room. He would be ruled out for the remainder of the game. Winfield also left the game in the fourth quarter under concussion evaluation and would not return.

The game started with the Patriots receiving the ball first. After a couple of punts by the Pats, sandwiched by one from the Bucs themselves, things started to get going for them on the next possession. Brady led the team 71 yards, breaking the all-time passing record on the way, to a Ryan Succop 29-yard field goal.

A tipped interception by Antoine Winfield ended the Patriots next drive, but the Bucs couldn’t capitalize on the turnover. Brady got the Bucs in field goal range, but Succop pushed it wide right. The Patriots marched down the field, on the back of two defensive pass interference calls. Mac Jones found Hunter Henry for the touchdown to pull them ahead 7-3.

The teams traded punts on their next two possessions, but the Patriots left too much time on the clock for Brady. He would methodically lead the Bucs down the field for a 44-yard field goal. The score cut the lead to 7-6 before halftime.

The Bucs received the ball after halftime, but couldn’t get anything going. A drop by Cameron Brate and a penalty on a deep completion to Antonio Brown led to yet another Bucs punt. The Patriots would give the ball right back on a Winfield forced fumble, recovered by Richard Sherman, but couldn’t capitalize on it, going three-and-out.

Another punt by the Patriots, and it was time for Brady to turn it on. He led the team 52 yards down the field where Ronald Jones capped off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run, pulling the Bucs ahead by six. The Patriots made quick work on the ensuing drive. New England took a 14-13 lead after going 77 yards, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown catch to Jonnu Smith.

On a drive that saw Brady scramble for a first down, the Bucs scored to re-take the lead on another Succop field goal. A trick play on the Pats next drive led to a field goal and a 17-16 Patriots lead. Once again the Patriots left too much time on the clock. Brady led the Bucs down the field, where another Succop field goal would give the Bucs a 19-17 lead. A penalty and a blown coverage in the flat put the Patriots in position for a long field goal attempt. But the 56-yard boot by Nick Folk bounced off the goal post, giving the Bucs a 19-17 win.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

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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RW
RW(@rwp111)
2 months ago

The rain hurt the passing game of the Bucs more than the Pats. The Pats don’t throw the ball downfield well and they just dinked and dunked all day.
On the other hand Brady missed a few long ones he usually hits on and others were dropped or called back. With the crappy conditions the Bucs really could have used Gronk and Bernard.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood(@littlebrownjug)
Reply to  RW
2 months ago

True.
Not sure what was going on with Brown. He dropped several catchable balls. And, don’t even get me started on the officiating. Phantom call after phantom call.
Bucs are in good shape now, though. Toughest part of the schedule is over.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Pete Wood
2 months ago

Those were NOT catchable balls, at all. They were like most of the misses TB-12 had all night – overthrown and inaccurate placement.

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Sometimes you come of as completely delusional. The pass to AB in the 4th was perfect and he just dropped it. Evan’s dropped a pass at the 7 yard line that could’ve been a walk into the end zone and brate dropped a wide open pass as well. Brady wasn’t perfect by any means but to say it was all him is really shortsighted on your part.

Last edited 2 months ago by chefboho
Pete Wood
Pete Wood(@littlebrownjug)
2 months ago

Before the season started, I thought the Bucs would lose this game. I am impressed with the win. Playing away against Brady’s former coach was never going to be easy. Playing without three CBs and Gronk and in the rain was pretty damned tough too.
I think the toughest part of the schedule was the last two games. I picked the Bucs to lose both. So, I am happy. It only gets easier from here. Bucs should win at least four in a row, and have a good chance to go undefeated. Seriously. It won’t be easy, but it’s possible.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
2 months ago

What an ugly win, but the key was that it was a win. Props to Leonard as he looked great tonight. Its clear the rain and maybe Tom was a little too pumped so the offense never got going. Dropped passes and penalties still ravage this team. Donavan smith looked like ass tonight as well. Oh that and the injuries to our secondary which at this point are borderline absurd. I do got to give some props to the defense who despite this deficiency did what needed to be done. Tryon got his first 2 sacks and the bucs finally… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by cgmaster27
surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
2 months ago

Refs were just horrible. Hard to blame the Buc players for penalties that aren’t penalties. I knew it was going to be tough sledding when they reversed a clear fumble to an incomplete pass. Smith got called for a questionable hands to the face on the same play Brady almost had his knees taken out after he passed it. At the very least should’ve been off setting penalties. So yeah we were on the wrong side of the flags, but it all wasn’t the players making bad plays, rather bad calls.

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
2 months ago

Have to say seeing a Rookie QB pass on us so easily was bizarre. But now, we have 3 corners out and a safety? Whew. That didn’t take long. Thank God, for interceptions and sacks. Hopefully, everyone comes back soon, healthy and we are back to the same level of play we had at the end of last season.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
2 months ago

I have never seen so many teams trying to dink and dunk us to death in my life. So far they have come close three times but no cigar. Great pass rush tonight. Even though we only got four sacks it’s tough to sack a QB, again, when he’s throwing five yard passes off of three step drops. After watching game film of the Rams game and then seeing the game tonght, I am convinced NFL refs are the most incompetent in any sport.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour(@bucharbour)
2 months ago

Brady was clearly too emotional during the first half, as he overthrew wide open guys on several occasions. But he settled down in the second and started dropping more dimes than not. Unfortunately, we dropped a couple of them and had a BS penalty on the bomb Brady dropped into AB’s hands, which ended up killing that drive instead of being at least in FG range. The refs were just outright horrible last night. I think we got away with a couple, but overwhelmingly, the BS calls were on us. I think three of the DPI’s were just bull. Nevertheless,… Read more »

Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
2 months ago

Brady stunk that one up for sure. Belichick had him flumoxed the entire game, he ends up with a QB rating in the 70’s while the kid cracked 100.
Once again it was not Brady it was the defense that saved the day. First by making the running game completely irrelevant for the Pat’s and second knocking down the pass that would have almost surely got the Pat’s in range for a successful field goal.
You escaped by your chinny, chin, chins and now bring on the next cup cake.

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Spruce
2 months ago

Yeah because the dropped passes were all Brady’s fault. The hands to the face by Donovan smith was Brady’s fault as well. He wasn’t perfect but to say he “stunk it up” is ridiculous. Don’t forget the four dropped passes that were Brady’s fault as well. You must’ve just watched the highlights last night. The play calling was terrible too but that was probably Brady’s fault in your eyes. Terrible take on your part

Last edited 2 months ago by chefboho
Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

There were a couple of dropped passes, but no more than usual. It was obvious all night that Brady’s ball placement was off, mostly overthrowing the receivers. Brady averaged 66% completion until last night when he dropped to 55% and no TDs. On the same night, in the same conditions, that the rookie got 79% completion and 2 TDs. Jones easily outplayed the GOAT. And it had nothing to do with the receivers.

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

And it had everything with the Patriots dinking and dunking all night. Easy to complete 5 yard passes all night when Brady is trying to throw long balls. Plus don’t even compare the Patriots defense to ours which is much better than the Bucs and much healthier

Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

You’re kidding. Brady and the Patriots won Super Bowls dinking and dunking. In fact Brady to Edelman was a world class dink and dunk performed repeatedly.
As far as the defense goes the Bucs front is a brick wall the secondary a mess. The Pats far better balanced with a capable front and a very good secondary.

Last edited 2 months ago by Spruce
Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

The part about dropped passes is correct. To imply Brady didn’t sail far more passes then usual completely inaccurate.

MWD
MWD(@mikewestdominguez)
2 months ago

Glad we came up with a win in this one with all of the emotions, bad weather and a huge injury bug and as many mentioned- the DPI calls are horrible, its almost so bad that now on every play where a receiver does not make a catch, they are told to throw their hands up demanding a penalty…Sad thing is the refs last night were actually throwing them. Let’s not also forget the terrible no fumble reversed call last night that was initially called a fumble on the field and clearly was. Even Mike Evans OPI was crap and… Read more »

Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
2 months ago

We’ll have no more talk of who is primarily responsible for the Pat’s success over 20 years it was clearly the symbiotic relationship of both Brady and Belichick.
The master nearly pulled off a big upset making Brady look like the rookie in the process.
That my friends in Florida was one of the few games that completely lived up to the hype.

pinkstob
pinkstob(@pinkstob)
2 months ago

I will say that Brady didn’t look good in this game, but I’m glad the running game came through. The rain didn’t seem to affect Mac Jones as much, but we didn’t let them run the ball like previous games. I’m just glad we escaped with the win.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
2 months ago

I don’t care how ugly it was, with our empty backfield I’ll take a win however we can get it. Our recievers need to get their head out of their a** and catch the damn ball. In any case, they need to have a come to Jesus moment like last year and stop it with the drops and penalties. Time to turn it on and over come these injuries.

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