Bucs, Brady erase late 13-point deficit to stun Saints on MNF
Tom Brady did it again.
The legendary quarterback led an 11-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a Rachaad White touchdown catch with three seconds left in regulation to push the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 17-16 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday.
The drive also helped the Bucs erase a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit at Raymond James Stadium.
The win is Brady's 44th career comeback in the fourth quarter and overtime, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.
"Just like we drew it up," Brady jokingly told reporters postgame.
The Saints took a 16-3 lead with 8:02 left in the fourth quarter on a Wil Lutz field goal and followed that up with a three-and-out that seemingly sealed the game. The Buccaneers had only a 0.7% chance of winning with 5:34 left in the contest, according to Next Gen Stats.
However, the Brady-led offense marched 91 yards down the field on the ensuing drive, and Cade Otton's short TD catch made it a one-possession game with three minutes left.
Brady then went 8-for-10 passing in the final minutes to stun the Saints. Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones, who joined the Bucs as a free agent in the offseason, also came up clutch, making a contested grab at New Orleans' five-yard line.
Brady finished the night with 281 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. Chris Godwin led the team in receiving, racking up 63 yards on eight catches.
This is the first time the Buccaneers swept their division series against the Saints since the 2007 season. Tampa Bay improves to 6-6 with the win, while New Orleans drops to 4-9.
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