Brady completed just 22-of-43 passes for 269 yards without a touchdown or an interception. On the other hand, Patriots rookie first-round pick Mac Jones completely outplayed his veteran counterpart.
The Alabama product completed 31-of-40 passes for 275 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. At one point, Jones completed 19 consecutive passes.
Unfortunately for the underdog Patriots, Tom Brady and his Buccaneers came out on top by the score of 19-17.
It came after Jones had led New England into field goal territory in the final seconds. A potential 56-yard game-winning field goal attempt by Pats kicker Nick Folk boinked off the left upright, giving the Buccaneers a hard-fought win.
That’s absolutely brutal stuff for the Patriots right there. They had Tom Brady and the defending champs right where they wanted them. Folk pushed the ball about three inches to the left, helping the Buccaneers to a 3-1 start to the season.
While the record-breaking Brady was the talk of the town Sunday night, we have to give Jones credit for his performance. Those who watched the game agreed to an extent while still showing praise in Tom Terrific’s direction.