Early Sunday morning, the video appeared.
It confirmed Tom Brady, the veteran quarterback, making his means into the guests locker room within the depths of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Carrying a camouflage-print bag and plugged into his headphones, Brady was on the point of begin one other NFL Sunday.
And he seemed depressing.
Fortunately for him, his temper would finally enhance over the following few hours.
Since becoming a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New Orleans Saints have had his quantity. Brady entered Sunday’s recreation towards the Saints sporting an 0-4 document towards New Orleans since transferring to the NFC South. Previous to Sunday, his sole victory over New Orleans since donning the pewter and crimson got here within the 2020 playoffs, when the Buccaneers gained on the highway to advance to the NFC Championship recreation.
Early on, it seemed like that streak of losses within the common season would proceed.
Brady’s troubles started on Tampa Bay’s opening drive. With the Buccaneers going through a third and quick, the quarterback aligned below heart and awaited the snap from backup Robert Hainsey, within the lineup as a result of coaching camp damage suffered by starter Ryan Jensen. The snap hit the turf and Brady seemed on helplessly as gamers fought for the free ball:
The state of affairs didn’t enhance for Brady and the Buccaneers on their subsequent offensive possession. Deep in New Orleans territory, Brady and the offense lined up for one more quick yardage play, albeit on fourth down this time.
At the least Brady obtained the snap:
The Buccaneers had been shut out within the first half, however having deferred the choice after the coin toss, Tampa Bay would obtain the second-half kickoff. Maybe with an opportunity to regroup, and make just a few halftime changes, Brady and firm would come out firing to begin the third quarter.
But when historical past was any indication, maybe that will not be within the playing cards
The Saints lead the Buccaneers 3-0 on the half…
Saints protection in final 6 quarters vs Buccaneers:
0 pts allowed
3 takeaways (all off Tom Brady)
Buccaneers have been shut out within the 1st half 4 instances w/ Brady as beginning QB… 3 of them (incl. right this moment) had been vs the Saints
— NFL Analysis (@NFLResearch) September 18, 2022
Those that overlook the previous are doomed to repeat it, and that performed out because the third quarter started. Tampa Bay noticed one other drive stall close to midfield as Brady couldn’t join with receiver Scotty Miller on third down, and the distress continued for the veteran quarterback as he got here off the sphere:
Tampa Bay did end their subsequent drive with a discipline purpose, and the sport headed into the fourth quarter with the rating knotted at three. Brady and the Buccaneers had been in possession as the ultimate body started, however the story from that possession was not their newest punt, however a brawl that started with Brady in the course of the fray:
Brady was in search of a flag, and cornerback Marshon Lattimore took exception to Brady’s pleas. The consequence? Each Lattimore and huge receiver Mike Evans had been ejected, and Brady was left with out yet one more offensive piece within the huddle with him to attempt to pull out the win.
However that’s when the story turned. Simply because it seemed like Brady’s woes towards the Saints would proceed, his fortunes modified. Following the fracas, Jameis Winston — enjoying with 4 fractures in his again — threw his first interception of the sport:
Winston does a very good job of climbing the pocket on this play, however his throw within the path of rookie huge receiver Chris Olave lands as an alternative within the fingers of cornerback Jamel Dean, and the Buccaneers take over possession.
That, coupled with a considerably controversial penalty on the Saints protection, set the stage for the sport’s first landing, this connection from Brady to Breshard Perriman within the again nook of the top zone
On this third-down play, the Saints rush simply three after Brady, dropping eight into protection. With the safety holding, Brady has on a regular basis he wants to search out Perriman sneaking behind the protection, and he drops in an ideal throw for the primary landing of the afternoon.
The second landing of the sport got here courtesy of Tampa Bay’s protection. With New Orleans trailing 13-3, Winston threw his third interception of the sport. This time, his go discovered the ready arms of Mike Edwards, and the Buccaneers defender raced the opposite means for the game-breaking landing, giving the Buccaneers a 20-3 lead:
New Orleans would add a late landing, on a throw from Winston to Mike Thomas, however Tampa Bay was capable of ice the competition after Olave fumbled the ball away after an extended reception into Tampa Bay territory.
After the sport, Brady nonetheless seemed sad. He met Evans within the tunnel — with the receiver now wearing road garments — however you can not inform Brady had simply gained an NFL recreation:
However not less than he now has a regular-season win over the Saints whereas a member of the Buccaneers.