NFL: Tom Brady tosses two touchdowns, Buccaneers beat Giants
Tom Brady stepped up in the pocket to scramble, high-stepped a tackler, slid hard for a first down and got up pumping his arm and screaming.
That’s one way to erase the taste of losing.
Brady threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New York Giants 30-10 on Monday night.
The Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (7-3) snapped a two-game skid as Brady avoided dropping three in a row for the first time since 2002.
“We’re at a decent point but we can play a lot better than we’ve played,” Brady said. “Hoping our best football is ahead of us.”
Brady started 10 for 10 before misfiring on a deep ball to Mike Evans. On the next play, the 44-year-old scrambled 10 yards on third and four to extend Tampa’s drive that ended with Ryan Succop kicking a 25-yard field goal that made it 10-3.
“Eleven-yard run. They don’t happen very often so I do remember how far they go,“ Brady said, unaware it was officially ruled 10 yards.
Rob Gronkowski joked that he was open up the seam for a touchdown on the play.
“He could’ve just chucked it up but I saw him running and that was pretty dope,“ Gronkowski said. “That was pretty impressive.”
Daniel Jones threw a touchdown pass to left tackle Andrew Thomas and the Giants (3-7) stayed close for one half before unraveling.
“We have to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “We have to make sure we sit down [Tuesday] as a coaching staff and understand how we’re going to play this game and give our players a chance to make plays.”
Down 17-10, the Giants drove to the Buccaneers’ 25 on the opening drive of the third quarter before Jones, under pressure from Devin White, threw incomplete on fourth and one after rushing to the line to beat the play clock.
Brady then connected with Evans on a five-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 24-10. Evans set a franchise record with his 72nd touchdown, passing Mike Alstott. He made sure to keep the ball after giving away Brady’s 600th scoring pass to a fan earlier in the season.
“I’m very proud of that accomplishment. Hopefully I can extend it really far,” Evans said. “I’m very proud. A-Train was an unbelievable player. I’m happy to be in the same sentence as him, let alone break his record. It’s a blessing.”
Jones had a pass intercepted by 310-pound nose tackle Steve McLendon on New York’s next possession, but Tampa settled for Succop’s 40-yard field goal despite starting at the Giants’ 37. It was McLendon’s first career pick in 12 seasons.
Jones was picked by Mike Edwards in the fourth quarter and Succop hit a 30-yarder to cap the scoring.
Brady finished 30 of 46 with one interception. He improved to 6-1 against the Giants in the regular season but has lost two Super Bowls to New York, including one that prevented New England from a perfect season.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion leads the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and is second in yards passing with 3,172.
Gronkowski was back in Tampa’s lineup after missing five of the previous six games. Brady targeted his buddy eight times, connecting with the four-time All-Pro tight end on six passes for 71 yards.
Star running back Saquon Barkley returned for the Giants after missing four games with a sprained ankle but only had 25 yards rushing in six carries.
Jones was sacked twice by a ferocious defense that was missing defensive tackle Vita Vea due to a knee injury.
Brady came out firing, completing his first five passes, including a 13-yard scoring toss to Chris Godwin.
The Giants tied it at 10-10 after Evans let a pass bounce off his hands and right to Adoree Jackson, who returned the pick five yards to the Buccaneers’ 10.
Jones lofted a two-yard touchdown pass to Thomas, who had to jump as he was backing up to haul it in. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Thomas, wearing a brace on his right arm, was back after missing four games. He celebrated his first career reception with the rest of the offensive line circling around him.
Get our high school sports newsletter
Prep Rally is devoted to the SoCal high school sports experience, bringing you scores, stories and a behind-the-scenes look at what makes prep sports so popular.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.