Bucs defeat Patriots in Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

For 20-years, one man gave his all to this franchise. He returned for the first time as a visitor.

Tom Brady returned on Sunday Night Football to Gillette Stadium. During his career, he won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

Ronald Jones II scores a touchdown against the Patriots (Photo by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Instagram)

Brady guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a win in his Homecoming. The Buccaneers won 19-17 over the Patriots.

With the win, the reigning Super Bowl Champions improved to 3-1. Tampa Bay refused to lose two straight games after losing to the Los Angeles Rams in their previous game.

The Patriots fell to 1-3. New England has dropped two straight games.

Brady became the fourth quarterback to defeat all 32 NFL teams in their career. En route to his team’s win, he became the NFL’s all-time passing leader.

The future Hall of Famer took the record from Drew Brees, who returned from the league this past offseason. Brees set the record when he was a member of the New Orleans Saints.

Brady picked up his 41st career win after trailing in the fourth quarter. He is only two shy of the all-time leader in Peyton Manning, who has 43.

Patriots kicker Nick Folk, who was battling an injury, missed a game-winning 56-yard field goal with less than one minute left. The Buccaneers ran out the clock to get the win after that.

Brady went 22 of 43 for 269 yards.

In games when Brady did not throw a touchdown pass, he’s 28-18. Since 1950, the .609 win percentage is the best among quarterbacks.

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It’s better than Roger Staubach’s .606 (20-13 record). Manning is third with a .579 (22-16).

Leonard Fournette had 26 carries for 91 yards. Mike Evans had seven receptions for 75 yards.

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones went 31 of 41 for 275 yards. He had two touchdown passes and an interception.

Nelson Agholor, a wide receiver, led the team in rushing with one carry for four yards. Jakobi Meyers had eight receptions for 70 yards.

Ronald Jones II scored on an eight-yard rushing touchdown in the second half. Ryan Succop also made two field goals.

Jones hit Jonnu Smith — who signed with the team in the off-season — for a one-yard touchdown reception. Folk made a 27-yard goal.

New England led 7-6 at halftime. Another off-season acquisition scored a touchdown, as Jones hit Hunter Henry for an 11-yard score.

Succop made two first-half field goals.

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