Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady overcame a first-half pick-six and a 17-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 38-31 on Sunday, giving him the fifth-largest comeback in his career.
It also was the Bucs’ second-largest comeback in franchise history, behind a 21-point rally versus the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.
For the 43-year-old Brady, it was his biggest comeback since overcoming a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl LI versus the Atlanta Falcons — a setting that was a far cry from the select group of 6,383 fans and family members who got their first glimpse of Brady in person this campaign. He finished 30-of-46 for 369 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
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“We put ourselves in a pretty good hole — and we were gonna have to dig our way out of it,” Brady said. “And that’s just the way football works sometimes.”
Brady and the Bucs’ offense had gotten off to explosive starts the previous two weeks, scoring 43 total points in the first half and fizzling in the second with just 13 points. This week, after trailing 24-7 in the first half, the Bucs scored four touchdowns in the final 30:28 to win and improve to 3-1.
Prior to Sunday, the Bucs had lost 42 consecutive games when trailing by 17 or more points, with their last such win coming in Week 2 of 2011 at the Minnesota Vikings.
Brady became the oldest player in NFL history to record five passing touchdowns in a match, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The record was previously held by Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who accomplished that feat at the age of 40 years, 342 days.
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