Tom Brady snapped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ seven-game losing streak against the New Orleans Saints as his team overcame a game filled with scandal and fraying nerves to seal a 20-10 victory in Louisiana.
Four of those seven losses have come since Brady arrived in Tampa Bay, and those three years of frustration seemed to weigh on the seven-time Super Bowl winner.
With 10:48 left in the third quarter and the Saints trailing 3-0, Brady took out his anger by throwing a Microsoft tablet to the floor on the sideline.
His frustrations carried over into the fourth quarter when, with the score tied at 3-3, after an incomplete pass on third down, he hit the corner of New Orleans’ Marshon Lattimore. Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette and receiver Mike Evans intervened, sparking a brawl that eventually resulted in the ejections of Lattimore and Evans.
These events seemed to galvanize the Bucs as Brady connected with wide receiver Breshad Perriman for a 28-yard touchdown on the team’s next series to put Tampa Bay up 10-3.
After Ryan Succop’s 47-yarder with 5:50 left in the game, the Bucs sealed it when Saints QB Jameis Winston was stripped by Mike Edwards and returned 68 yards for a touchdown.
“It’s an emotional game,” Brady told reporters afterward. “A little bit of execution goes a long way. I thought the defense once again played well and the offensive line battled hard.
“They’re a really tough team, really well coached, a team we’ve been really battling with, so it feels good to win.”
“And sorry for breaking that tablet,” he said he added later on Twitter. “I think that’s going to be another Twitter meme or something.”
It was a close game, dominated by both teams’ defenses, with New Orleans holding Brady to 14-of-24 passing for 142 yards and keeping Tampa Bay out until Ryan Succop’s field goal tied the score at 3-3. third trimester
But, after the scrimmage and Perriman’s touchdown, the momentum shifted to the Bucs.
“We lost a good player and they lost a good player. It was a physical ball game,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said, according to ESPN. “I don’t know if it was a turning point… It could have gone either way. We knew we had to make some plays.”
Although the Saints had several chances late in the game, Tampa Bay’s defense held firm, intercepting Winston three times in the final 12 minutes.
New Orleans scored a touchdown of its own on a Winston pass to Michael Thomas with 1:08 left, but it was too little too late as the Bucs held on to seal their first regular-season victory over the Saints since September 2018, a seven-game winning streak. losing streak
The Bucs remain 2-0 in the NFC South and will host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.