Brady outscored Rodgers, but a young secondary Bucs was equally impressive setting the tone for a 38-10 rout of the previously undefeated Packers, who defeated after taking a 10-0 lead and limiting Tampa Bay to just five games. offensive in the first quarter. .
Rodgers threw two interceptions – Green Bay’s first turnovers of the season – within three assists of the second quarter to turn the 10-point lead into a 14-10 deficit.
Cornerback Jamel Dean returned the first pick 32 yards for a touchdown. security Mike Edwards ran the other 38 yards to the Packers 2 to set up another TD.
“Jamel made a hell of a play. It was a huge room. It set us off, ”Brady said.
“That pick-6 changed the whole football game,” said coach Bruce Arians.
It was the first win for 43-year-old Brady since signing with the Bucs (4-2) after a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots, which included nine NFL title appearances and six championships.
He got his favorite target from his days with the Patriots in the mix, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski for a 28-10 lead at halftime. It was Gronkowski’s first TD since December 2018 and the 79th for the quarterback / tight end tandem – tied for fourth on the all-time roster with Dan Marino and Mark Clayton of Miami.
“I thought everyone stepped in and stepped in,” Arians said.
Brady also threw a 7-yard TD pass to the rookie. Tyler Johnson and Ronald Jones rushed for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Tampa Bay, who did not return the ball, allow a sack or commit a single penalty after being signaled 11 times in a loss of a point against Chicago in their previous game. .
“We took care of what beat us last week”, linebacker Devin White he told me.
Rodgers’ two interceptions – his first with multiple picks since throwing three in a loss to Carolina on December 17, 2017 – came on throws intended for Davante Adams, who had six catches in the team’s lead for 61 yards on his return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two games.
“I don’t feel like we’ve ever got into a rhythm. Even with 10 points to start the game, we had some off-schedule games to kind of keep the records alive, ”Rodgers said.
“I felt good on both shots. I missed one slightly on the inside today, the other just looked like a tight cover, “Rodgers added.” Those were frustrating games, especially up 10 -0 there, essentially giving them 14 points, which obviously changed the momentum of the game. I don’t think we were very efficient before that. We obviously weren’t very efficient after that.
Rodgers was 16th of 35 for 160 yards and no touchdowns after completing 70.5% of his passes and throwing for 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in Green Bay’s first four games.
Brady, meanwhile, was 17 of 27 for 166 yards and two touchdowns without interception. Gronkowski led the Bucs with five receptions for 78 yards – his best game since ending a one-year retirement to join Brady at Tampa Bay.
“I thought Tom and Rob had a great relationship. We got the game we were looking for on the melted ball, ”Arians said. Gronk did a hell of a job adjusting that ball and getting the touchdown. I just wish he had pointed it with his right shoulder, but his right shoulder is injured.
It was just the third time Brady and Rodgers faced each other in their long, successful careers.
And while the two insisted during the week that it wasn’t Brady against Rodgers, the friends expressed mutual admiration for each other’s accomplishments while acknowledging that it would be fun to share the pitch with the Packers who are trying to go undefeated and the Bucs are looking to assess their progress. against one of the best teams in the NFL.
Brady noted how important it would be to minimize mistakes, which no quarterback has done better in the first five weeks of the season.
In addition to becoming the first team in NFL history to score at least 150 points and commit no turnover in the first four games of the season, the Packers had allowed just three sacks before Sunday.
The Bucs had two of their four sacks at halftime.
“It was a pretty frustrating day. We have surpassed ourselves, we have been overwhelmed. You have to give the Bucs all the credit in the world. They had a great game plan and they really brought it to us in all three phases, said Packers coach Matt LaFleur.
“We just have to make sure we stay together. We have to bounce back. … If you really look critically throughout our week, it wasn’t our best (practice week) and it showed today. This is what is happening, ”added LaFleur. “We will find out what we are. We need to hit that reset button and bounce back. ”
BRADY VS. RODGERS
Brady and Rodgers have split their previous two clashes, with the Packers winning 26-21 in 2014 at Green Bay and New England winning 31-17 at home in 2018, while Brady played for the Patriots.
Packers: LT David bakhtiari left in the third quarter with a chest injury, leaving Green Bay to play the remainder of the game without their best offensive lineman. S Darnell Savage (quad) missed part of the second half… CB Kevin King (quadriceps) et RB Tyler Ervin (wrist) were inactive.
Boucaniers: RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was out for the second time in three games. DL Khalil Davis (ankle) was also inactive due to an injury.
Packers: in Houston next Sunday
Buccaneers: in Las Vegas next Sunday night.
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