By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tom Brady had his best game since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He helped guide the Buccaneers to a 38-31 win on Sunday over the Los Angeles Chargers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The 43-year-old — who signed with the Buccaneers in the off-season after a very long career with the New England Patriots — had five touchdown passes. He had to guide the Bucs from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Chargers.
“Tom, he’s never behind in his mind. We can always make plays to win games,” head coach Bruce Arians said.
In addition, for the eighth straight time, Brady defeated a rookie quarterback, as the Chargers started Justin Herbert, who was a Top 10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The last rookie quarterback to defeat Brady was Geno Smith in 2013 with the New York Jets.
Herbert was the 123rd different starting quarterback to face Brady. That is tied for the most all-time with Brett Favre.
“How can you not believe in him? He’s the greatest to ever do it,” receiver Scotty Miller said. “We just go in there and follow his lead.”
Brady hit Miller, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn for the touchdown passes. Four of the touchdowns came in the second quarter or later in the game.
“We knew we had played poorly,” Arians said. “It was just a show of character. I can honestly say that if this had been last year, we would have gotten beat by 20. This team has a ton of character and playmakers and we started making plays. You can see that when we don’t beat ourselves, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
This was Brady’s seventh five-touchdown passing game of his career. However, his last one was three-years ago on Sept. 24, 2017 against the Houston Texans.
“We’ve got to keep building on the confidence in one another because there’s nothing we’re doing out there that’s perfect,” Brady said. “But we’re going to have to keep building on the good things and learn from the bad things.”