Monday Night Football: Tom Brady leads Bucs to unlikely, last-second comeback win over Saints

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For most of the game, Tom Brady didn’t look anything like the GOAT. In the final 5:21, Brady did what Brady always has done.

He directed his 44th career comeback win in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in NFL history to break a tie with Peyton Manning.

The Bucs rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Saints 17-16. Tampa Bay moved to 6-6 and remain atop the NFC South, while New Orleans fell to 4-9.

The Bucs had only 220 yards in the first three quarters against a Dennis Allen defense that has their number. But Tampa Bay rolled to 130 yards in the final quarter, wearing out the Saints.

Brady went 15-of-21 for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

On third-and-goal from the New Orleans 6, Brady hit rookie Rachaad White for the touchdown. It came with three seconds left.

Ryan Succop‘s PAT was the game-winner.

Brady’s heroics came three plays after the cannons first fired signaling a touchdown.

Brady threw what everyone thought was a touchdown with 16 seconds left when, from the 5-yard line, he hit Chris Godwin in the end zone. As the Bucs celebrated, the Saints pointed to the flag that was at the line of scrimmage. Left tackle Donovan Smith was cited for holding.

Still, it just delayed the inevitable as Brady put a dent in the Saints’ hopes of winning the NFC South.

It took nearly the entire game for the Bucs to get in the end zone for the first time.

The 10-play, 91-yard drive was aided by a 44-yard defensive pass interference penalty on Paulson Adebo, who was trying to stay with Mike Evans on a second-and-20 play. That got the Bucs to the 1-yard line, and Brady hit Cade Otton for the score with 3:00 remaining.

It cut the Saints’ lead to 16-10 and woke up the Bucs.

The Tampa Bay defense did its part with a three-and-out. Carl Nassib had a sack of Andy Dalton on second down, and on third-and-17, Bucs safety Keanu Neal drilled Taysom Hill with a legal hit to force Hill to drop the perfectly placed pass. It stopped the clock and forced a New Orleans punt, giving the ball back to Brady with 2:29 left.

Brady finished 36-of-54 for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception with Godwin catching eight for 63 yards.

Dalton went 20-for-28 for 229 yards and a touchdown, a 30-yarder to Hill.

The Saints, though, settled for three Wil Lutz field goals as they went 0-for-3 in the red zone.

67 responses to “Monday Night Football: Tom Brady leads Bucs to unlikely, last-second comeback win over Saints

  1. Laughing at all those who prematurely opened their pieholes in the previous comment sections. Just to get a forkful of crow instead. (I’m not even a TB fan.) Hey it’s pie season, enjoy!

  2. Thanks for entertainment Brady.

    As a neutral , still heartbroken for Saints fans. This defeat is on offence.

    This should have been Saints blowout win.. Todd Bowles was outdone in terrible coaching by Allen in last 6 mins.

  3. Ah, the last great gasps of football life from Two-Yard Tommy. Hope he makes it to the playoffs with his losing record and is crushed — bringing a sad end to his career, just like his father has predicted…

  4. As an Eagles fan I was sweating that game at the end. In the end the Saints delivered, hopefully, a top 5 draft pick in next years draft.

  5. It was fun listening to the announcers flip-flopping on their criticism and praise of Brady. Pick a lane guys and stick with it.

  6. Brady is at his best in the hurry-up offense. It wakes him up. Why does this team take so long to utilize it?

  7. What was saints running back thinking when he stepped out of bounds before getting the first down. About 6 minutes left. Saints don’t get the first on third down. Punt and Bucs go down and score.

  8. I just dont believe how bad a team can choke – first the NO running back runs out of bounds 2 yards short of a first down – uncontested. Then they throw a bunch of passes instead of running the ball and making the Bucs use their TO.s And then the dumb dumb dumb PI – You know that they will throw that flag – and then Dalton goes and gets sacked big time on a second down pass – who is the OC? Run the ball and make the Bucs use their time outs. The whole coaching staff need to be fired

  9. Does not matter how sloppy Brady looks in the first 3 quarters if you cannot put him away you will lose. Watched it for too damn long to know better. Hill dropping that pass cost the Saints the game. It was actually a dime by Dalton and he dropped it. It was only a matter of time. Since his divorce he has only lost one game and that one went to overtime against an underrated scrappy Browns team. Saints have no fight in them left they are finished. It is down to the Bucs and Panthers.

  10. Calm down Tampa fans.You know as well as anyone that the Bucs will be one and done in the playoffs.They’ll actually have to play a team with a winning record at that point.You can keep dreaming I guess while wearing your Brady under-woos

  11. Hey the olde QB dude needs the whole rest of the game to “warm up” n then do his thing during the last drives to save the various team’s hide .. so lets give em that as it is harder to do as you get older n throwing to kids who were born the year you came into the league … but I digress as least there is one more playoff game for #12 lets see how it goes and can they get back anyone healthy who would be useful ???

  12. Tom Brady could have 20 Super Bowls, 500,000 passing yards and 2000 touchdowns and all of his career wins could be 4th quarter comebacks…

    …and you’d still see “he didn’t win it—we lost it” quotes from the downtrodden masses. It never ceases to amaze me, and it’s been such fun to watch for the last million years (give or take). I only hope it keeps going, because when Brady leaves, that’s a level of QB and team success we’ll all never see again in our lives.

  13. Prognosticators that picked the Saints to do anything blow my mind. A few years ago, would you have thought they’d have anything without Brees and Payton? But now you do?

  14. Sorry Bucs fans. Brady is the GOAT and you have him for this season but all fingers point to him not playing for Tampa next year.

  15. I’m an Eagles fan and Joe Montana is my favorite quarterback of all time. That being said, I have one word to say about Brady:

    GOAT

  16. Aaron Rodgers is the GOAT, I don’t care what anyone says about the achievements by Brady’s teams.

  17. This saints loss is classic Dennis Allen. I have watched the saints lose so many games by him having the defense play soft “protect the lead” scheme with way too much time left in the game, over and over throughout his time with the saints. Now as head coach he also has the offense go non-aggressive way too early as well. He needs to get canned.

  18. People getting all excited over Brady winning games while consistently scoring 16.5 points, lol. A broken clock is right 2 times a day.

  19. If I were the owner I’d just fire Dennis Allen now. This guy doesn’t understand his job “defense”. Get a jump ahead of the other teams looking for a head coach. Your a defense Coordinator and you give away a 16-3 lead against a 5-6 team. Get a jump on the best opportunities for a legitimate head coach. Dude the prevent defense failed once again.

  20. This loss is 100 percent on Mark Ingram. Him stepping out of bounds short of a first down might be 2 of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen a football player do. Don’t care if he was hurting, there wasn’t a guy within 5 yards of him when he went out of bounds. If he gets the first down or even just stays in bounds to keep the clock running the Saints win that game. Dumbest play of 2022 at the very least, congrats Mark.

  21. The Buc’s have been playing like a rock band that didn’t rehearse enough before the tour. Brady’s skills are not diminished, but the offense is just not in sync. Yet. But a real game is worth a week of practice, by play-off time they might be tightened up and formidable.

  22. That Saints lost is 95% on Mark Ingram. He stepped out of bounds intentionally a yard short of the first down after catching the pass from Dalton with 3:00 to go in the game. He could have easily gotten the first down.

  23. Mike Evans with a clear acting job on the pass interference call that sparked the “comeback.” In any event why get excited over a 1 point win against a really bad team? I’ll never understand Tampa fans…

  24. Brady is having a crap season along with the rest of the Bucs team this season but he was the clear MVP in 2021

  25. Wait for it. It’s already been scripted by the NFL and Hollywood. Prince Tom wins yet another SB, his ex Gizzy jumps out of the stands with the kids for a family embrace, the Prince flashes his famous smile, looks into the camera and says “Let’s go home” as the sun sets.

  26. Yes, the Bucs are a terrible team and Brady’s play is clearly on the decline. The team is likely one and done in the playoffs if they do make it. But at the end of the day Brady is still the GOAT and has a bit left in the tank. To be doing what he’s doing at 45 is not something to scoff at.

    GMG – add Dennis Allen to your “fan club”. He called Brady the GOAT on national television, like 99% of knowledgeable people can admit.

  27. Brady is now 25-12 when attempting 50+ passes in a game.

    No other QB in league history has more than 5.

  28. That is one of Bradys best comeback plays, a go route for the WR and toss it up as far as he can and wait for that PI call hahaha

  29. canadapacker says:
    December 5, 2022 at 11:44 pm
    I just dont believe how bad a team can choke – first the NO running back runs out of bounds 2 yards short of a first down – uncontested. Then they throw a bunch of passes instead of running the ball and making the Bucs use their TO.s And then the dumb dumb dumb PI – You know that they will throw that flag – and then Dalton goes and gets sacked big time on a second down pass – who is the OC? Run the ball and make the Bucs use their time outs. The whole coaching staff need to be fired

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    If the Saints played solid situational football, Brady does not have the time to lead the Bucs back. Also, the only thing pass prevent defense prevents, is winning. You see it every week where the defense goes into these deep shells at the end of games and teams take advantage of the weak pass rush and march down the field.

    Also, as bad as the one Bucs tackle was with holding, there were still a few ghost calls against him.

  30. Forget all this “GOAT” garbage! The game has evolved far too much since the early days. It’s evolved from Otto Graham to Johnny Unitas, from Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana, from Joe Montana to Tom Brady. And it will continue. There is no “GOAT” in such a situation. There is a best of the generation. And Tom Brady is certainly that.

  31. I would like to think that Leftwich and Bowles would be asking themselves some hard questions about why the Bucs looked so good on those last two drives and so awful in all the others except the first. What do you think, guys, could it be you? I’ll give you a clue: it’s a lot you. Your offense is so limited and predictable. First down is a virtual lock to be a run up the middle, for example. The defensive schemes are pretty bad, too. Todd Bowles seems to think it’s mandatory to blitz on third down. How’d that work out last night, Todd? And the defense constantly over-pursues, essentially meaning those guys are out of the play once they’ve missed the QB.

    It’s also pathetic to see how little the offensive line has progressed. Brady has no time to throw, and the run game is weak, so he’s constantly having to dump the ball off with passes under 10 yards. On the rare occasion he has some time and there’s a free receiver downfield, he can sling it down there, but all of that comes together so infrequently that it’s not a real threat.

    Yes, the Bucs will likely win their division, and yes, they’ll also likely they’ll be bounced early in the playoffs. But if you think that’s because Brady’s lost it, you’re not watching the games.

  32. The Steelers defense dominated Tampa Tammy when we played him. By the way, Big Ben has to be in the conversation for GOAT.

  33. Think about the QBs that the Bucs would face in the playoffs. Hurts, Prescott, Jones, Heineke, Purdy and Cousins. When the playoffs start its a whole new season.

  34. The mountain of evidence as to exactly what made people think Belichick was a genius keeps getting higher and higher…..I think a big part of why Brady still plays at the ridiculously old age of 45 is because he was just as sick of hearing BB was the reason the Pats were winning as I was.

  35. It is so weird to see Brady, Rodgers, and Ryan struggling to throw for more than 175 yards in a game

  36. It’s time for Mrs. Benson to make wholesale changes to the coaching staff, Loomis too. The in-game decision making in the second half of the 4th quarter is inexcusable.

  37. I suppose this will make them feel justified in putting them in the top 10 of the power rankings.

  38. egomaniac247 says:
    December 6, 2022 at 8:31 am
    It is so weird to see Brady, Rodgers, and Ryan struggling to throw for more than 175 yards in a game

    Rogers has no weapons at WR that can get open on a consistent basis
    Brady and Ryan have no time in the pocket , Bad O line play.

  39. rereynol says:
    December 6, 2022 at 7:58 am
    The mountain of evidence as to exactly what made people think Belichick was a genius keeps getting higher and higher…..I think a big part of why Brady still plays at the ridiculously old age of 45 is because he was just as sick of hearing BB was the reason the Pats were winning as I was

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    Sans Brady BB has a worse winning percentage than Jeff Fisher. And Bob Kraft it watching

  40. Forget all this “GOAT” garbage! The game has evolved far too much since the early days. It’s evolved from Otto Graham to Johnny Unitas, from Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana, from Joe Montana to Tom Brady. And it will continue. There is no “GOAT” in such a situation. There is a best of the generation. And Tom Brady is certainly that.
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    Well said.

  41. Okay class, let’s review: Brady – rolling into his 3rd straight post season with TB and yet another new coach, system. Brady is the system and was in NE. As a head coach in his career, BB has a LOSING record sans Brady. Speaks for itself. Standby for #8 while BB completes yet another sub .500 season. Class dismissed.

  42. Yes, the Bucs will likely win their division, and yes, they’ll also likely they’ll be bounced early in the playoffs. But if you think that’s because Brady’s lost it, you’re not watching the games.
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    Facts.

    I’m just hoping the 9ers are convinced Trey Lance is their guy..

  43. mahomie says:…………..In any event why get excited over a 1 point win against a really bad team? I’ll never understand Tampa fans…

    Tell ya what, that 31-9 shellacking on the world stage still resonates. You might care to forget it but…….it’s there for eternity. Patrick ran a directionless mile that day LOL.

  44. Sans Brady BB has a worse winning percentage than Jeff Fisher. And Bob Kraft it watching

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    I love comments like this! Can’t we say the same thing about any coach that had a successful run? Bill Walsh? Chuck Noll? Mike Tomlin? Jimmy Johnson? What about the NBA and coaches that had superstars like Jordan, Bird, James, and Curry.

    You can play what if’s all the time. What if’s don’t change actual results.

  45. soxpatsceltsbruins says
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    Except for the fact that none of those coaches have losing records without any given QB. Tuna for example had WINNING records with 4 different teams/QBs. BB has a LOSING record sans Brady full stop.

  46. milehigh777 says:
    December 6, 2022 at 12:07 am
    At age 45 Brady broke a Manning record set when Peyton was 38. Wow.
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    Yup. Manning set himself up with a lot more opportunities to “come from behind” than Brady did while going 14-2 every year.

  47. Except for the fact that none of those coaches have losing records without any given QB. Tuna for example had WINNING records with 4 different teams/QBs. BB has a LOSING record sans Brady full stop.
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    Mac Jones is 14-12 at this point.

  48. Mac Jones is 14-12 at this point.
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    Not bad playing for a losing head coach sans TB…..he’ll be sub .500 by end of season.

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