The new NFL season is up and running and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, going for a second Super Bowl triumph in three seasons, have Tom Brady back on board after his brief retirement, with the veteran quarterback playing his part in a narrow win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The 45-year-old seven-time Super Bowl winner threw a late touchdown pass to see Tampa home against a Dallas side that saw quarterback Dak Prescott suffering a hand injury late on that could see him sidelined for some time.
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Brady didn’t have a great game, but most importantly, he delivered when it mattered, throwing his 625th career touchdown. He did so against a backdrop of ongoing speculation about issues at home, with a reported split occurring between himself and his wife, Gisele Bundchen.
The former New England Patriots man went back on his previous decision to retire at the end of last season, and by all accounts, this is the root of the problem, which led to Brady taking an 11-day ‘personal break’ during the Tampa Bay training camp.
As far as the game was concerned, it was field goals all around for the first two quarters, with Ryan Succop converting four and Bret Maher opening the Cowboys account early on. That left the scores close at 12-3, at which point Brady threw a five-yard pass that was well caught by wide receiver Mike Evans to give Tampa Bay a 19-3 win that probably flattered the visitors.
After the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones commented on the defeat and the injury suffered by Dak Prescott;
“It was a tremendously disappointing way for us to start the year. Everybody is disappointed about that. I’m particularly disappointed for our fans.”
“Dak will be out for a little while. We’ll be dealing with that, as well, so this is a really tough night for the Cowboys and a really surprising night. Of course, it really adds to it there right at the end to lose him for several weeks.”
It appears that Brady is also experiencing a bit of pain following the week one victory;
“There’s no margin for error when you’re 45,”
“You know, you take hits, and you feel every hit. When you’re younger, your body’s a lot different.”
“And when you’re 45, your body changes a lot,” Brady continued. “So what am I dealing with now? I woke up today going, ‘Holy s–t, there was a few hits.’”
Next up for Tampa Bay is another road trip, this time away to face the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome.
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