Tom Brady clicked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ seven-game losing streak against the New Orleans Saints as his team overcame a tight game filled with scuffles and frayed nerves to seal a 20-10 victory in Louisiana.
Four of those seven losses came later Brady ended up at Tampa Bay, and those three years of frustration seemed to weigh on the seven-time Super Bowl winner.
With 10:48 remaining in the third quarter and the Saints trailing 3-0, Brady took out his anger by throwing a Microsoft tablet to the ground.
His frustrations boiled over in the fourth quarter and, after a third-down incomplete pass with the score tied 3-3, he came to blows with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Mike Evans intervened, sparking a scuffle that eventually led to the ejections of Lattimore and Evans.
Evans was later suspended for one game without pay of the NFL on Monday for “violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct.”
While the suspension won’t be welcome news to Tampa Bay, the events seemed to galvanize the Bucs on Sunday when Brady connected with wide receiver Breshad Perriman for a 28-yard touchdown on the team’s next series to put Tampa Bay up 10-3.
After a 47-yard Ryan Succop field goal extended the lead with 5:50 left in the game, the Bucs sealed it when Mike Edwards picked off Saints QB Jameis Winston and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown.
“It’s an emotional game,” Brady told reporters afterward. “A little bit of execution helps all around. I thought the defense played well again and the offensive line battled hard.
“It’s a really tough team, really well coached – a team we really struggle with, so it feels good to win.”
“And sorry I broke that tablet,” he added later on Twitter. “I think that’s going to be another Twitter meme or something.”
It was a closely fought game, dominated by the respective defenses of both teams as New Orleans held Brady to 14/24 passing with 142 yards and shut out Tampa Bay until a field goal by Ryan Succop tied the scores at 3-3 late in the. third quarter
But, after the fight and Perriman’s touchdown, momentum swung toward the Bucs.
“We lost a good player and they lost a good player. It was a physical ballgame,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said, according to ESPN. “I don’t know if it was a turning point… It could have gone either way. We knew we had to make some plays.”
Although the Saints had several chances late in the game, Tampa Bay’s defense held firm, picking off Winston three times – including the game-sealing pick-six – in the last 12 minutes.
New Orleans secured a touchdown of its own on a Winston pass to Michael Thomas with 1:08 remaining, but it was too late as the Bucs held on for their first regular-season win over the Saints since September 2018, snapping a seven-game streak. losing streak
The Bucs remain atop the NFC South with a 2-0 record and will host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.