The veteran quarterback combined with Rob Gronkowski to reach 100 touchdowns together in his 300th game as a starter.
The show of “Tommy and Gronky“with the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom brady and the tight end Rob gronkowski picked up right where they left off, with two touchdowns – or “tuddies“as they call them – adding their two”tuddies” of the Super Bowl LV in a fascinating victory for 31-29 Over the Dallas cowboys in the Opening Game of the new season of the NFL.
The pass of Brady from 11 yards in the third quarter to Gronkowski it was the touchdown N ° 100 of the pair, the first time a quarterback and tight end have connected for 100 touchdowns, placing them behind only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114 touchdowns) who have the best record of all time.
“Tom made a great decision, “he said Gronkowski. “I think he was actually on a route, and then he checked me in at the lock, and he saw me free myself. He [Brady] see everything in the field, it is impressive. He’s been playing for almost 80 years, so he’s seen every defense and every player. “
But unlike the Super bowl, where the defense of Tampa bay orchestrated a near-shutout of Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buccaneers they needed to Brady and Gronkowski to carry them. The 44-year-old, starting the match N ° 300 of his career –a new record in the NFL– threw for 379 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, with Gronkowski representing 90 yards in reception and Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin eclipsing 100 yards.
Brady He also led the team with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter to set up the winning field goal from 36 yards by kicker Ryan Succop, marking the 40th comeback of his career. Brady in the last quarter.
“There was no doubt that we were going to win the game. With him, who is going to make plays?” Said head coach Bruce Arians about Brady. “The guys up front did a great job protecting, the guys came out and unchecked.”
“I was pretty sure we were going to have a chance,” said Succop, who was activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list a week ago. “He’s obviously the best quarterback of all time, the best player of all time. He’s so calm, so collected. His poise, I think it permeates everyone, and everyone comes out and plays better because of him.”
On the other hand, the victory of the Buccaneers Over the Cowboys Thursday is a new franchise record by adding its ninth consecutive win. The defending champions of Super bowl they have now won seven of their last eight season starts.
Tom brady he became the second quarterback to start a game at age 44 alongside Vinny Testaverde, who was 1-4 after turning 44.
Brady raised his winning mark to 6-0 against the Cowboys, the best record of all time against Dallas. The Cowboys are one of the four teams with which Brady he has faced and never lost.
The Buccaneers They were able to make some big plays while enduring turnovers and a great night from Dak Prescott.
Dak returned to the field for the first time since sustaining an injury in Week 5 of last season and equaled a career-high 58 pass attempts.
Prescott became the first player with 400 passing yards and three touchdowns in a season opener since he did it himself in 2019. He is the only member of the Cowboys to throw 400 yards in a start and now he’s done it twice.
The Cowboys failed to make the most of their prolific passes and the mistakes of the Buccaneers. This was the first defeat of the Cowboys in franchise history in a game where they had a turnover differential of three or better and their opponent had more than 100 penalty yards.
For his part, Godwin redeemed himself with a crucial reception near the edge at the 24-yard line with 24 seconds to play, setting up Succop’s kick. Gronkowski he also contributed 6 and 20-yard receptions on the final drive.
“I learned a long time ago that you don’t learn more from losing than from almost losing,” Arians said. “We have a lot to learn. Obviously, I am not happy with the beginning of the game. I loved the end. Our guys are winners. They are going to finish and they are going to win, but we can play better and not put ourselves in that situation. Obviously, there are turnovers, penalties, things we can improve on, but our guys fought and won the game. “
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in the writing of this note.