Tom Brady leads Buccaneers to improbable 16-13 comeback victory

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At 45 years old, Tom Brady can still get it done.

The Buccaneers were listless on offense for 59 minutes, failing to score a touchdown on each of their first 12 drives.

But Brady and the Bucs offense needed only 35 seconds to get the ball into the end zone for a go-ahead score with nine seconds left on the clock and they defeated the Rams 16-13.

It looked like Los Angeles had a victory in hand after Tampa Bay failed to convert on fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line with 1:52 remaining. But the Buccaneers still had a pair of timeouts. And the Rams’ offense failed to net a first down with its four-minute offense, so L.A. had to punt from its own 13 with 54 seconds left.

After the punt, the Buccaneers offense set up from its own 40 with 44 seconds on the clock. Brady began the drive by hitting tight end Cade Otten deep down the middle of the field for a 28-yard pass that moved the club to the L.A. 32.

Brady continued to find receivers close to the sideline, moving the club up to the 7-yard line. And when cornerback Derion Kendrick was flagged for defensive pass interference on receiver Mike Evans in the end zone, Los Angeles’ fate seemed sealed.

On first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Brady again hit Otten, this time with a short pass on the right side and the tight end easily got in the end zone for the go-ahead score with just nine seconds left.

The Rams had a last-ditch effort to pull off a miracle, but it was no use.

Brady once again engineered a stunning comeback. The Rams had a soul-crushing loss.

Los Angeles’ offense barely managed anything throughout the game, gaining just 206 total yards and nine first downs. Receiver Cooper Kupp had a 69-yard touchdown and a 34-yard pass later in the game. But other than that, the Rams barely got anything going. The club punted nine times, going three-and-out eight times — including on three possessions in the fourth quarter.

The Bucs’ offense wasn’t much better for much of the game, but clearly got it done when it mattered most. Brady, who went over 100,000 passing yards in his career during the contest, finished 36-of-58 for 280 yards with a touchdown. Otten led the club with 68 receiving yards on five receptions.

At 4-5, the Buccaneers are once still in the thick of the NFC South playoff chase, as the Falcons lost on Sunday to also fall to 4-5. The Bucs will take their show international next week, playing the Seahawks for the first ever NFL regular-season game in Germany.

The 3-5 Rams will have to try to rebound against the 3-6 Cardinals at home in Week 10.

79 responses to “Tom Brady leads Buccaneers to improbable 16-13 comeback victory

  1. Rams offense hasn’t been this punchless since Jeff Fisher’s last year.

    Playing out the string at this point.

  2. They had like 5 4Q drives. Like come on Rams you’re the defending champions and you stopped them at the goal line on 4 downs just before.

  3. Rodgers > Brady, I don’t care what anyone says about some team achievement like rings.

  4. What was with that cowardly slide from Kupp instead of cutting back inside and trying to get as many yards as he could?

  5. I guess Tom isn’t completely done but his passes are looking slower. Also shows me that Brady responds to adversity much better than that clown in Green Bay.

  6. Calvin Hobbes says:
    November 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm
    Rodgers > Brady, I don’t care what anyone says about some team achievement like rings.

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    Yeah because stuff like passing yards and TDs are individual achievements depending on only one player…. Learn the game

  7. Rodgers > Brady, I don’t care what anyone says about some team achievement like rings.

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    Given how Rodgers has performed this season, Pats wouldn’t have won a single SB with the squad given by BeliCHEAP.

  8. They were playing the Rams…at HOME! Lol The Rams were gifted a Super Bowl last year with a season full of blatant blown/missed calls and I truly believe Kroenke cashed in his “chip” to Goodell in exchange for it. Tom Brady is on a downhill ride into retirement & the broadcast booth. You cannot tell me he likes getting sand kicked in his face for 59 minutes just to pull off a miracle against another horrible team!

  9. The Rams were so focused on running out the clock at the end they forgot to get a 1st down to actually end the game. Kupp had a good chance to get a 1st down but gave himself up way early to make sure he stayed in bounds.

    The Rams have nobody to blame but themselves. They voluntarily gave the Bucs back the ball near midfield with almost a minute left.

  10. I’m happy for Tom, especially after Miller let a TD pass clank off his face, but this TB team is infuriating to watch. They simply cannot sustain a drive without either a dropped pass, a bad pass or an offensive holding call. And it’s always 3rd and long after two futile running attempts. They have real problems.

  11. Cooper Kupp had a game ending run chance at the end to pick up the first down but he choose to slide early, Its mind boggling at some of the decisions coaches make. This was not your Herm Edwards “you play to win the game” moment by Sean McVay which was rather surprising. With the weapons you have just go get 10 yds and win the game,And if you don’t get 10 yards then you deserve to lose the game. But why go put it on the DEFENSE where funny things could happen.

  12. Rodgers > Brady, I don’t care what anyone says about some team achievement like rings.

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    Given how Rodgers has performed this season, Pats wouldn’t have won a single SB with the squad given by BeliCHEAP.

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    I guess these “dislikes” came from people who have no clue how hard it is to SCORE 24+ IN BACK TO BACK PLAYOFF GAMES.

    BTW, Rodgers and Peyton never scored 24 or more in 3 consecutive playoff games, meaning, Bucs wouldn’t have won the SB with Rodgers.

  13. This will stick out like a sore thumb if the Rams miss the playoffs by one game. You can’t give Brady too many chances.

  14. eagleswin says:
    November 6, 2022 at 8:06 pm
    The Rams were so focused on running out the clock at the end they forgot to get a 1st down to actually end the game. Kupp had a good chance to get a 1st down but gave himself up way early to make sure he stayed in bounds.

    The Rams have nobody to blame but themselves. They voluntarily gave the Bucs back the ball near midfield with almost a minute left

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    They did, but what was worse was that they allowed Brady to complete passes along the sidelines so the Bucs receivers could step out of bounds and stop the clock. Take away the sidelines and make them complete passes in the middle of the field!!!!

  15. Jalen Ramsey was as good as being in the stands on the deep part of the final drive.

    Accidental 2021 champs; McVay not a genius.

  16. 2002 – Brady is a game manager that’s it….2004 – Brady can’t throw deep…2010 – Brady is all done his windows is closed….2016 – Brady got lucky in that last Superbowl his time has ended no quarterback his age has ever won a Superbowl it can’t be done….2018 Tom didn’t win that game Atlanta lost it….2021 Ok the Rams choked, and now Took doesn’t have Josh calling plays for him anymore he’s done…. But wait he won another one with a brand new team..:. THE EXCUSES NEVER END…He’s the greatest of all time so get over it

  17. Mcvay just as flummoxed and cowardly as he was in Patriots Rams super Bowl. One first down wins game, and the boy genius doesn’t have one play to get a first down in his whole playbook. He’s a loser, and I am a Rams fan.

  18. Those last two drives by Tampa should be some ointment for what ails the Bucs. Tom’s got to learn to just throw to Scotty Miller. He can’t throw to Evans and Godwin on every down. Miller smoked Ramsey repeatedly on those last two drives, but also let a TD bounce off his facemask. Tom needs to live with the growing pains and just throw to him when he’s open. Same with Otton… rookie Sookie. If Tom gives them touches, he’ll have more options down the road; this is critical when more WR injuries crop up.

    I wouldn’t bet against the Bucs, no matter how dismal it seems. Brady has just gone through a painful public divorce, and the worst playing stretch of his career…

  19. I guess these “dislikes” came from people who have no clue how hard it is to SCORE 24+ IN BACK TO BACK PLAYOFF GAMES.

    BTW, Rodgers and Peyton never scored 24 or more in 3 consecutive playoff games, meaning, Bucs wouldn’t have won the SB with Rodgers.

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    To those who disliked my post :

    In last playoff, only 3 out of 14 QB were able to score 24 or more in back to back playoff games. Mahomes, Allen and Brady.

    Get the picture? Rodgers to do it under BeliCHEAP given how he has played since losing Davante Adam? give me a break!!!

  20. patsfan1818 says:

    I guess Tom isn’t completely done but his passes are looking slower.
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    Slower? Do you watch the games? He hasn’t lost an anything.

  21. The Rams are terribly coached. Who thought it was a good idea to not get the first down? And then play the prevent defense and let TB12 the GOAT just throw down the field. THe worst Super Bowl Frauds since the one year dynasty Seahawks.

  22. Slower? Do you watch the games? He hasn’t lost an anything………………………..

    Do you? He obviously isn’t what he used to be. To say he hasn’t lost anything is hardcore sackhugging.

  23. Well, the good news is Tampa Bay won their 4th game this year. This was mainly as a result of the Buccaneers’ defense, although the last-minute touchdown from Tom Brady was much needed. It is only the 10th touchdown for Brady this season. Yet the first to a tight end. I was genuinely impressed with the new lineman on the defense who had sacked Matthew Stafford at least twice. As well as that, the New England Patriots won and so did the Jets, and they have better records than the Bucs.

    Now for the bad news. Both the Rams and the Buccaneers have losing records and are not expected to either make the playoffs or go deep. Los Angeles has its own problems to attend to. Yet with Tampa Bay, they are still 4-5 and are realizing that any further wins will get a lot of attention and more difficult. Reminiscent of the 1980 Cardiac Kids Cleveland Browns, if you will. Brady will need to win every game going forward, which I still think is not possible. Even so, I think for the first time in a while, we saw a Tom Brady that many of us who followed the man during his Patriot years are familiar with. The need to will a team to win and seek the need to going forward. It is not a great season for him or for the NFL entirely. Yet, it is a win and a determination to fight another week. The time though is closing for Tom Brady and the relevance of Tampa Bay. Cherish the moment of a win whenever possible.

    Lax39

  24. He should really hang it up because hes just win strapping this team with his pride and ego

  25. For being called a so called football genius McVay sure looks clueless and overwhelmed alot

  26. Stafford has fallen off a cliff. I think he’s content with his SB victory. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him walk away at years end. Same with Donald and McVay. They all seem to have one foot in. Ugly football.

  27. It’s looking more and more like McVay is not the coach everybody thought he was and hes just been coasting by on the talent that no longer exists in LA Rogers the one who won that Super Bowl they had to justify that stadium that will never be at full capacity for a regular season NFL game

  28. Remember when 90% of PFT posters thought Pick 6 Stafford was HOF material? All while gave you 13 years of bad tape.

  29. Brady can take the team down the field in no time,but the Rams didn’t put up much of a fight,either. When they didn’t get that 1st down,that was all Brady needed. He’s done it plenty of times. The Rams mismanaged thep end of the game.

  30. The Bucs don’t have to win right now. After all, their division is terrible. Let’s not forget, the 10-6 and 9-7 Giants defeated the Patriots in those super bowls. Like their previous championship seasons, they just have to get hot at the right time.

  31. jameshodges says:
    November 6, 2022 at 8:50 pm
    The Bucs don’t have to win right now. After all, their division is terrible. Let’s not forget, the 10-6 and 9-7 Giants defeated the Patriots in those super bowls. Like their previous championship seasons, they just have to get hot at the right time.

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    I remember well. Brady put the Pats up by 4 in both games with under 2:00 to go and BB’s defense choked in both games

  32. If Bucs win division (at 4-5, they’re actually ahead of 4-5 Atlanta, whom they beat once) They’ll host a playoff game, and if Ryan Jensen is back at center by then that’s all they need. You cannot overestimate how much losing that guy hurts this team

  33. All you guys on here always expressing how you are so sick of Brady, none of you guys are as sick of him as McVay.

  34. jameshodges says:
    November 6, 2022 at 8:50 pm
    The Bucs don’t have to win right now. After all, their division is terrible. Let’s not forget, the 10-6 and 9-7 Giants defeated the Patriots in those super bowls. Like their previous championship seasons, they just have to get hot at the right time.

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    The Giants fans remember because its all they got to this day. The Patriots went on to have a ton of history since then so its kind of old news.

  35. More like the refs gave them that improbable win. It was disgusting to watch how they walked the Bucs down the field.

  36. Brady is just lucky. He only plays in games when the opponents defense gives up too many points.

  37. Calvin Hobbes says:
    November 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm
    Rodgers > Brady, I don’t care what anyone says about some team achievement like rings.

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    Maybe you should. Rings are earned, which is why Rogers only has ONE. On the other hand, MVP’s are popularity contest handouts.

  38. ariani1985 says:
    November 6, 2022 at 7:56 pm
    Rogers has ZERO playoff wins when trailing in the playoffs.
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    False, he won when trailing in the following playoff games

    @ ATL 2010 divisional
    Vs. MIN 2012 wild card
    Vs. DAL 2014 divisional
    Vs. WSH 2015 wild card
    Vs. NYG 2016 wild card
    Vs. DAL 2016 divisional

  39. 1590t says:
    November 6, 2022 at 8:06 pm
    With the cushion the Rams were giving Brady I could have done it.

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    Seriously, what team do you play for again? or are you talking NFL Madden.

  40. nhpats2011 says:
    “I remember well. Brady put the Pats up by 4 in both games with under 2:00 to go and BB’s defense choked in both games”

    Not only that. In the 2008 SB, BB not kicking the FG instead going for 4th & 13 was a poor judgement.

  41. Not only that. In the 2008 SB, BB not kicking the FG instead going for 4th & 13 was a poor judgement.

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    Belichick believers have the ability of blocking what they don’t want to see, that is why when you talk to them, it is like Pats played only 2 play games during Brady’s era.

  42. I don’t have a problem with Brady’s play for the most part. He might have been distracted at times earlier in the season but his focus will be there when it’s needed. The rest of the team seems to be struggling though. How many dropped passes, Brady with little or no protection, etc. If the other problems don’t get fixed it won’t matter how sharp Brady is.

  43. All those saying Brady is old and sucks. Old, yes. Sucks? Not that much. He has no O-line and his receivers are not used to play 2seconds offense, hence the drops. You give Brady 4-5 seconds and Tampa is still a good team. Not the best, but could put up against the most with 4-5 seconds to throw.

  44. After all these years, we still have not learned that nothing prevents victory as effectively as the prevent defense.

  45. William Lee says:
    November 6, 2022 at 10:53 pm
    Not only that. In the 2008 SB, BB not kicking the FG instead going for 4th & 13 was a poor judgement.

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    Belichick believers have the ability of blocking what they don’t want to see, that is why when you talk to them, it is like Pats played only 2 play games during Brady’s era.

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    Lol. When a Belichick Patriots team goes to the Superbowl half the times the game is getting played (which is crazy good already) winning 6 and losing 3, its the guy that can only recall the three losses who is blocking their memory. And also such a guy is blocking his memory that there are 31 teams in the league that will never ever even sniff being able to look at a Superbowl defeat as a down year. Sure the Patriots have not won every single football game ever played in this century. But the fans are happy with winning the majority of them and watching 31 other fan bases wallow in the rest. Thanks for doing your own personal wallowing on the Pats threads where we can enjoy watching it.

  46. As a Saints fan , I have to give kudos to Brady. The Bucs still have many many weapons on both sides of the ball. Yes they can be beaten (as their record indicates) but they are still dangerous and could easily go on a run. . It was obvious that Brady and the Bucs were targeting Jalen Ramsay the entire OT drive. Ramsay can’t cover a blade of grass.

  47. The Rams stopped the Bucs on downs with just shy of 2:00 minutes to play.

    Instead if trying for a first down McVay had Cooper Cupp slide in bounds instead of fighting for a first down that he had a good chance to get and put the game out of reach, instead they assumed the Bucs couldn’t score with less than a minute to play.

    Not one throw by the Bucs on that drive was contested except the PI penalty that set Tampa up for 4 plays from the 1 yard line.

    McVay and Rams are 3-5.

  48. I am not saying Brady didn’t excel. I am saying McVay, the guy everyone says is a great coach, didn’t play to win and now he’s 3-5.

  49. ariani1985 says:
    November 6, 2022 at 7:56 pm
    Rogers has ZERO playoff wins when trailing in the playoffs.
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    2015 playoffs: beat the Commanders 35-18 after trailing 11-0. 2016 playoffs: beat the Giants 38-13 after trailing 6-0. Beat the Cowboys 34-31 after trailing 3-0. I’m not a Rodgers fan, but knew you were wrong.

  50. Brady leads the league in completions, is second in yards and has thrown one interception — in the first game against Dallas — in 398 attempts. He leads the league in TD/interception ratio and just surpassed the unimaginable milestone of 100,000 career yards. All of this while dealing with an extreme personal trauma and an offensive line decimated by injuries. Oh, and he’s 45. The Brady haters really need to stop. They look foolish. (Final thought: Brady seemed rejuvenated at his post-game press conference. If the Buccaneers make the playoffs — likely — they will be dangerous.)

  51. William lee- your right. Sometimes hard to see when 6 rings take up a lot of space

  52. Tom didn’t have a great game but that last 50 seconds was BALLS – vintage Brady

    Even the haters have to admit it but they’re to cowardly to do so

  53. A boring game between two terrible teams. McVay and company should have been able to get 1 first down at the end, or at least gain more yardage. And also like we all know, you dont give TB that much time at the end of a game to win it, i dont care how old he is or how bad his team is playing, hes been doing this for over 20yrs. Tampa will have a good shot at winning this terrible division.

  54. Lol. When a Belichick Patriots team goes to the Superbowl half the times…

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    You get wrong here, it should be : When Brady’s Patriots team goes to the Superbowl half the times..

    Without Brady, Belichick never even won divisional titles. Given that Mr. Kraft didn’t even invite Belichick to his wedding (don’t try to find excuse, Belichick had time attending Celtics game), Belichick better wins a playoff game quickly, or he will be fired.

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    BTW, don’t claim that Belichick’s defense won the first 3 SB, because Patriots needed Brady’s top offense (yes, top 10) to produce lot of comeback wins (2001 and 2003), to get first round bye, to deliver winning drives in SB, to score 24+ in back to back playoff games, especially with the CHEAP squad given by Belichick the garbage.

  56. At no point did Brady throw for 4 TD (24 points) in back to back playoff games. Also if Belichick’s defenses were a paper tiger, the Colts wouldn’t have lobbied to change the rules to finally get past the Patriots and win the championship. Patriots defense was bullying the Colts offense prior to rule changes.

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