Tom Brady takes advantage of controversial pass-rushing penalty as Buccaneers beat Falcons – CNN

Tom Brady takes advantage of controversial pass-rushing penalty as Buccaneers beat Falcons - CNN



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Tom Brady ended a tumultuous week for the Tampa Bay Pirates in good fashion, snapping the team’s losing streak with a 21-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Sunday’s win was not without controversy though, as Brady and the Bucs benefited from a controversial roughing-the-passer penalty call late in the game that allowed them to hold on until the end.

Leading by six points with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett appeared to have stopped Tampa Bay’s drive with a sack on third down, giving Atlanta a chance to try to take the lead.

However, referee Jeremy Boger threw a flag penalizing Jarrett for roughing the passer; Jarrett wrapped Brady in his arms before rolling to the ground with Brady.

Jarrett tackles Brady.

The call allowed Brady to retain possession of the ball and run out the clock to seal the win.

After the game, Boger said he wasn’t instructed to observe special gear to quarterbacks after the incident with Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa that later resulted in changes to the NFL’s concussion protocol.

“What I had was that the defender grabbed the quarterback while he was still in the pocket and unnecessarily threw him to the ground,” Boger. told pool reporter Greg Auman of the Athletic. “I made my decision based on that.”

However, Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said he believed the call was about more than just because it was Brady.

“I saw the one named. I saw it against Tua because he got it. I saw it in the London game this morning,” Bowles said. “So I think they’re starting to slow some of the things down, swinging back, I don’t know. Right now, what they call it, I think a lot of people would get that call.”

Jarrett declined to speak to the media after the game — unusual for one of the Falcons’ longest-tenured players — while Brady said, “I don’t throw flags.”

Despite the protests of the players of Atlanta, Brady and Bucs were able to close an important victory for the team of Florida, ending the two-game losing slide of the squad and capping a tumultuous week for the organization.

After being displaced by Hurricane Ian two weeks ago, the Bucs were later beaten emphatically by the Kansas City Chiefs at home. During the game, Brady appeared to have suffered an arm injury – although he played down the seriousness of any potential long-term damage afterwards.

But on Sunday, the Bucs looked a lot more like themselves, despite the late drama and the Falcons’ second-half comeback.

Brady threw a touchdown pass to Leonard Fournette and the running back also scored a rushing touchdown as the Bucs raced into a 21-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

However, two late Falcons touchdowns — an eight-yard run from Avery Williams and then a 19-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to Olamide Zaccheaus — brought the possibility of a dramatic finish.

The controversial roughing-the-passer penalty ended any hope of a late comeback as the Bucs improved to 3-2 on the season while Atlanta slipped to 2-3.

Brady looks for an open receiver during the game against the Falcons.

Despite the rebound victory, Brady was not overwhelmed with the team’s performance. “Obviously, it’s tough to lose two straight at home, but we didn’t deserve it,” Brady. told the mass media.

“That’s football – you have to win it. There are no easy games; you have to play well. Certainly, after five games, we have a lot of work to do. We’re not nearly at the point we’re capable of being and we need a lot of people to step up.”

The 45-year-old added: “We just had a lot of three-and-outs. We just weren’t very good. Poor execution and it just wasn’t our best in the second half. We’ve got to learn from it and get better.”

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