The Buccaneers narrowly defeated the New York Jets 28-24, thanks to a 93-yard game-winning drive led by Tom Brady, to move on to a 12-4 record. The Bucs struggled most of the game against the Jets, a team which most expected would be an easy matchup for the Bucs.
The Jets marched down the field and scored a touchdown on the opening drive. The Bucs matched their touchdown and tied the game at 7 in the first quarter. This did not phase the Jets and their young quarterback Zach Wilson, as they responded with another touchdown drive. The Bucs spent most of the game playing from behind.
Tom Brady threw an interception right before halftime, and the Jets had enough time to score a field goal. The Jets led at halftime 17-10.
In the second half, the Jets quickly went up 24-10. It was during this time of frustration that Bucs WR Antonio Brown ripped his shoulder pads off and threw his shirt and gloves into the stands. He ran onto the field during the game before going into the locker room. It is unclear why he did this, but HC Bruce Arians has already said that Brown is no longer a Buc.
Despite their woes and frustration, the Bucs remained cool and collected. Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Cameron Brate on 4th-and-goal late in the 3rd quarter, making it a one possession game. After a Bucs defensive stop, the offense marched down the field and settled for a field goal. The Jets led 24-20 with 7:36 left of the game.
The Jets found themselves at 4th and 2 in the red zone. Instead of kicking an easy field goal to go up by seven points, the Jets opted to play aggressively and go for it. The Bucs defense smothered the attempt at the line of scrimmage. The Jets fell short of the line to gain a first down, so it was the Bucs’ ball. Had they converted, it most likely would have put the game away.
Starting from their own 7-yard line, the Bucs had to go down the field 93 yards with no timeouts and 2:11 left in the game. Two-minute drives are Tom Brady’s natural habitat. The team marched down the field; Tom Brady sliced-and-diced the Jets defense, as he leisurely jogged along, cool as a cucumber, as an MVP candidate. Tom Brady threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cyril Grayson for the win. The Bucs reigned victorious, 28-24, after a successful 2-point conversion.
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