Faded for most of the game, Tom Brady did what he did best in the second half of Monday night.
Brady launched ground-touch passes to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans, lifted Tampa Bay to a 25-23 victory over the New York Giants, and helped the Buccaneers midfielder once again lead his career in TD throw.
The Saints’ Drew Brees overcame Brady on Sunday, but now the six-time Super Bowl champions are back at the top of the group with 561. Evans’s 8-yard dive has brought the score to the top.
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But Tampa Bay (6-2) had to sweat it out. Daniel Jones drove New York (1-7) 70 yards in 13 innings and connected with Golden Tate in a 19-yard touch with 28 seconds left. The 2-point conversion unsuccessful when officials pick up a flag can be attributed to defensive pass interference.
Brady and Gronkowski had previously teamed up to make a three-yard pass that Gronk barely held the ball for long enough. That leaves the old New England combination second in the TDs for a duo with 93, 21 behind Colts’s Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.
Unable to connect with Evans when converting to 2 points, Brady still has Bucs in the top 15-14.
After New York took the lead with Graham Gano’s 33-yard on-field goal, Daniel Jones was pressured into an unwise throw with Tate that Sean Murphy-Bunting picked up at Tampa 33. That set the stage for for the 66 yard race to meet Evans.
Jones had two expensive options, helping to neutralize a strong attempt by the New York defense.
New York was released early – and shortly after a touch – when Brady’s pass was tilted by Dalvin Tomlinson and caught up by the Bucs running back to Ronald Jones. But he fumbled when he was hit by Blake Martinez and rookie Darnay Holmes recovered at Tampa Bay 12.
Dion Lewis’ slipped into the corner of the backfield in third place to take a 7-3 lead.
Ronald Jones did not participate in the rest of the game because Leonard Fournette did most of the action.
The Giants’ next goal scoring record is an efficient model, which includes two 11-yard, 12-yard, 14-yard and 17-yard gains made by Wayne Gallman. He scored from the second goal to finish a 77-meter streak of 10 games to take a 14-3 lead.
Brady, as his habit has been for two decades, then led his team to score, but it was merely the second of four on-field goals by Ryan Succop, a 40-yard runner. with 7 seconds remaining in the round. Succop also had a 37-yard on-field goal in the opening game, a 43-yard player set up by Carlton Davis’s interception at the start of the third half, and a 38-yard player with 3:41 to go for those. What turned out to be the decisive points.
As soon as Succop took a 14-9 lead, Gronkowski was in the late-game area – only to see Daniel Jones closely linked with Evan Engram, in a 30-yard play. That made Gano’s 33-yard kick and lead New York 17-15 in the fourth inning.
But that’s usually Brady’s time.
The Giants wear a uniform similar to what the 1990 Super Bowl champions wear, white shirt and pants with blue and red stripes, stickers GIANTS helmet decal instead of the familiar “ny”, and a white mask instead common gray.
Buccaneers: organize the Saints in the battle for the top spot at NFC South.
The giant: in Washington next Sunday.