The Seattle Seahawks' flawless start to the NFL season came to an end in dramatic fashion against the Arizona Cardinals, while Tom Brady made history in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' crushing win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Arizona converted a field goal with only seconds remaining in overtime as the Cardinals completed a thrilling 37-34 comeback win over the previously unbeaten Seahawks on Sunday.

Brady surpassed New Orleans Saints counterpart Drew Brees for a league record, while Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers also won.

 

CARDINALS SOAR AS SEAHAWKS FALL

In one of the games of the season, the Cardinals triumphed thanks to Zane Gonzalez's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in Arizona.

The Seahawks – led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson – appeared on track to improve to 6-0, having led 27-17 at half-time and 34-24 heading into the final three minutes of regulation.

But the Cardinals rallied – Kyler Murray's eight-yard pass to Christian Kirk reducing the deficit to three points before Gonzalez converted a 44-yard field goal to force OT.

Gonzalez had the chance to settle the contest with a field goal early in OT but missed, however, the Cardinals kicker redeemed himself at the death.

Murray finished 34-of-48 for 360 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Wilson was 33-of-50 for 388 yards, three TDs and as many interceptions.

In a remarkable showdown, Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf produced a sensational chase-down, delivering a touchdown-saving tackle on Budda Baker's 90-yard interception return in the second quarter.

 

RECORD-SETTING BRADY INSPIRES BUCS

Bucs quarterback Brady moved top of the NFL's all-time list for touchdown passes after leading Tampa Bay to a 45-20 rout of the Raiders.

Brady replaced Brees for the most TD passes in league history with his throw to Tyler Johnson in the fourth quarter.

A six-time Super Bowl champion, Brady eclipsed Brees' record with his 559th career touchdown pass, one ahead of his Saints counterpart.

Brady completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions or sacks against the Raiders (3-3) as NFC South leaders the Buccaneers improved to 5-2 for the season.

Rob Gronkowski, Scotty Miller – who finished with 109 yards – Chris Godwin and Johnson all connected with Brady for TDs, while Raiders QB Derek Carr was 24-of-36 for 284 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and three sacks.

 

CHIEFS TAKE DOWN BRONCOS, 49ERS THRASH NEWTON'S PATS

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were too good for the Broncos, winning 43-16 on the road.

Played in snow, the Chiefs (6-1) led 24-9 at half-time and never looked back as they claimed their 10th consecutive victory over AFC West rivals the Broncos (2-4).

Mahomes extended his NFL-leading streak to 17 successive games with a touchdown throw, finishing 15-of-23 for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Le'Veon Bell impressed on debut after rushing for 39 yards on six carries.

It was a forgettable outing for Cam Newton and the New England Patriots, who were easily beaten 33-6 by the 49ers in Foxborough.

Newton – who was nine-of-15 for 98 yards – threw three interceptions and was replaced in the fourth quarter as the Patriots slumped to their third consecutive loss.

Former Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed his return to New England, where the 49ers star was 20-of-25 for 277 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

"It was a cool week," Garoppolo said. "Just a lot of emotions, a lot of memories. Especially coming back here, seeing the same stadium, hearing the same songs they used to play, a lot of memories came back ... But it was a fun night.

"Couldn't imagine it going any better than this."

Meanwhile, Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29.

 

Week 7 scores:

Philadelphia Eagles 22-21 New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 Tennessee Titans
Washington Football Team 25-3 Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills 18-10 New York Jets
New Orleans Saints 27-24 Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers 35-20 Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns 37-34 Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions 23-22 Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45-20 Las Vegas Raiders
San Francisco 49ers 33-6 New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs 43-16 Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers 39-29 Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals 37-34 Seattle Seahawks (OT)

Tom Brady said he excited to reunite with former New England Patriots team-mate Antonio Brown at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brown has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers after the All-Pro wide receiver was released by the Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he denied.

The seven-time Pro Bowler has been banned for eight games due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy", and he will not be eligible to return until Week 9.

Brown only made one appearance for the Patriots, having been previously released by the Las Vegas Raiders, recording 56 yards and a touchdown as he briefly teamed up with Brady.

Brady has since joined the Buccaneers – who he has guided to a 5-2 record this season – and the six-time Super Bowl champion is relishing the opportunity to work with Brown again.

"He's a tremendous football player. I played with him for a brief period of time. Looking forward to working with him again, to see what role he can come in [and play]," Brady told reporters after completing 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-20 win against the Raiders, while he moved top of the NFL's all-time list for TD passes.

"He's a very hard-working guy ... We're all gonna go out there on the practice field and do the best we can do. And we're gonna see how it all fits together. There's a lot of hard work ahead. None of it just magically happens. I think we realised that early in the season, we put a lot of new people together, and we've gotta figure a lot of things out in a short period of time.

"We're fighting against continuity of a lot of other teams, a lot of other coaches. Bruce has had tremendous patience with me, watching me grow in the offense. I totally appreciate that and respect that and feel like I'm getting to a more comfortable place."

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Bruce Arians previously said Brown "was not a fit" for the Buccaneers and when asked about the change in stance regarding the 32-year-old, the Tampa Bay head coach told reporters: "I think he's matured, and I believe in second chances.

"Everybody wants to say that Tom picked him. Tom didn't have anything to do with it. This was something Jason [Licht, Buccaneers general manager] and I had been talking [about] for a couple weeks, ever since the injuries to our other guys.

"When the time was right, would we see if we could pull the trigger and fit him in to what we want to get done? And we'll see. If Antonio does what I think he's gonna do, I think he's gonna be fine."

Tom Brady moved top of the NFL's all-time list for touchdown passes after inspiring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to another victory.

Brady replaced New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for the most TD passes in league history with his throw to Tyler Johnson in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 45-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

A six-time Super Bowl champion, Brady eclipsed Brees' record with his 559th career touchdown pass, one ahead of his Saints counterpart.

Brady – a high-profile recruit from the New England Patriots in the offseason – completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions or sacks against the Raiders.

The 43-year-old's four-touchdown performance helped the Buccaneers improve to 5-2 atop the NFC South.

Tom Brady got the better of Aaron Rodgers in the most high-profile game of an NFL Sunday that also saw the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans move to 5-0.

The Seattle Seahawks are the only undefeated team remaining in the NFC after Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recovered from a poor start to earn an emphatic 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Pittsburgh crushed divisional rivals the Cleveland Browns, while the Titans needed overtime to win a wild encounter against the Houston Texans in an AFC South battle.

With all but two Week 6 games now played, we reflect on the best statistics from another thrilling slate.

Brady and Gronk connection is back

The Bucs defense played its part against the Packers, but it was also a decent game from Brady, who had a 104.9 passer rating (166 yards, two TDs).

Rob Gronkowski had a slow beginning to his 2020 NFL return, but he was targeted on eight occasions this time, hauling in five catches for 78 yards (47 per cent of Brady's total) and a touchdown.

Brady and Gronk have now combined for 91 TDs, including postseason play, with this score seeing them surpass Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates for third on the all-time list for a QB-receiver pairing.

Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92) are next in their sights, though they have some way to go to catch Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114).

With starting tight end O. J. Howard out for the season, a resurgent Gronk in addition to star receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin should keep Brady and the 4-2 Bucs firing.

Rivers bounces back

Philip Rivers had made an underwhelming start with the Indianapolis Colts, so he needed a big performance and duly delivered one as his team rallied to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-27.

The 38-year-old recorded 371 passing yards and three touchdowns with one interception as receiver Marcus Johnson (five catches, 108 yards) enjoyed a big game.

It was the 30th time Rivers produced a 300-yard game with at least three TDs, only the sixth player to reach that milestone behind quarterback greats Drew Brees (67), Brady (51), Manning (46) and Rodgers (36).

Titans make history

The Titans' thrilling 42-36 win over Houston saw Ryan Tannehill throw for 364 yards (four TDs and one INT), while Derrick Henry rushed for 212 yards (two TDs), including an epic 94-yard score.

As a result, they became the first team in NFL history with a 350+ yard passer and a 200+ yard rusher in the same game.

Henry's 264 yards from scrimmage (he had 52 receiving yards) was a career-high and he became the first player to record a 200+ yard rushing game in three consecutive seasons.

He also equalled the record for rushing touchdowns of at least 90 yards (two), as well as drawing level with O.J. Simpson and Barry Sanders with five rushing scores of 70+ yards.

Only Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson (both seven) have more in that category.

Patriots stumble without Brady

Life after Brady was never going to be easy for the New England Patriots, but few would have expected them to lose 18-12 at home to the Denver Broncos.

They lost despite the returning Drew Lock throwing two poor interceptions in the fourth quarter, while the victorious Broncos did not score a touchdown in the game.

Lock became only the second QB to defeat the Pats under Bill Belichick in a road game while throwing multiple interceptions, joining Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, who did so in Week 10 of the 2001 season when he won the MVP award.

New England dropped to 2-3, so are now below .500 through five games for the first time since 2001, the year Brady went on to win his first Super Bowl.

The Pats' streak of 18 straight seasons above .500 after five weeks of play had been the longest in NFL history.

Year of the comeback

The Colts' win saw them come from 21-0 down, while the Bucs were in a 10-point hole before recovering to beat the Packers.

Those games continued a 2020 trend of dramatic fightbacks and this is the first-ever NFL season where at least one team has won after being at least 16 points down in each of the first six weeks.

Nineteen games have seen comebacks of 10 or more points, tying the records set through Week 6 from the 2011 and 1987 campaigns.

The Colts' remarkable victory, though, was the first time since Week 1 of the 2016 season that a team has recovered from as many as 21 behind. 

The last occasion had seen the Kansas City Chiefs trail 24-3 before fighting back to win 33-27 in overtime against the Chargers, who then represented San Diego.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers handed the Green Bay Packers their first loss of the NFL season, while Tua Tagovailoa made his debut as the Miami Dolphins thrashed the New York Jets.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers went head-to-head, and the Buccaneers came out on top at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

In Florida, the Dolphins blew out the Jets, leaving New York 0-6 and putting further pressure on under-fire head coach Adam Gase.

In the last game of the day, the San Francisco 49ers bounced back from consecutive losses by beating the Los Angeles Rams.

 

DEAN SPARKS BUCCANEERS AGAINST PACKERS

With the Buccaneers trailing 10-0, Jamel Dean's pick-six of Rodgers sparked Tampa Bay on the way to a 38-10 victory.

The Buccaneers scored 38 consecutive points, with Brady throwing touchdown passes to Tyler Johnson and Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter.

Brady completed 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards and the two TDs.

The quarterback connected with former New England Patriots team-mate Gronkowski for their 79th TD. They are tied for the fourth most by a duo in NFL history, alongside Dan Marino and Mark Clayton, as per NFL Research. Only Peyton Manning-Marvin Harrison, Philip Rivers-Antonio Gates and Steve Young-Jerry Rice are ahead of them.

Packers star Rodgers threw two interceptions and was sacked four times, finishing with just 160 passing yards after completing 16 of 35.

 

MORE MISERY FOR JETS AS TUA DEBUTS

Tagovailoa, the fifth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, came on for his debut in the Dolphins' 24-0 win over the struggling Jets.

He replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had completed 18 of 27 passes for 191 yards, three TDs and two interceptions as the Dolphins improved to 3-3. Tagovailoa completed two passes for nine yards.

Under pressure at the helm of the Jets, Gase said his players were hurting.

"In this locker room, these guys are good guys that work extremely hard. It's frustrating when you talk to them on Monday and you can tell they're hurting," he said.

"They come in to work and do a good job and have high energy at practice. I feel the players are the ones who are trying to flip this thing, they're taking the lead on this. We've just got to keep grinding and find a way to fix these early mistakes to try and flip the game."

 

49ERS BOUNCE BACK

The 49ers improved to 3-3 courtesy of a 24-16 win over the Rams.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw three touchdown passes – to Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk – and completed 23 of 33 for 268 yards.

Kittle had 109 receiving yards for San Francisco, including a 44-yarder from Garoppolo for a TD in the second quarter.

Rams QB Jared Goff struggled, completing just 19 of 38 passes for 198 yards, to go with two TDs and an interception.

 

Week 6 scores:

Tennessee Titans 42-36 Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens 30-28 Philadelphia Eagles
Atlanta Falcons 40-23 Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers 38-7 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 31-27 Cincinnati Bengals 
Detroit Lions 34-16 Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago Bears 23-16 Carolina Panthers
New York Giants 20-19 Washington Football Team
Denver Broncos 18-12 New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins 24-0 New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-10 Green Bay Packers
San Francisco Giants 24-16 Los Angeles Rams

Tom Brady hailed Jamel Dean for the pick-six that "sparked" the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their win over the Green Bay Packers.

With the Buccaneers trailing the Packers 10-0, Dean intercepted Aaron Rodgers and went 32 yards to score as Tampa Bay produced 38 unanswered points in a 38-10 victory.

Brady, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, praised Dean on Sunday.

"Jamel made a hell of play," the Buccaneers quarterback said. "He did that to us in training camp a few times.

"That was a huge play, sparked us, then we got another turnover, got the ball in, had a decent drive, got the ball in. It was good. I think not turning the ball over helped a lot. Not being behind on down and distance helped a lot.

"But certainly there are things we can do better than what we did today and we're going to keep working at it."

Brady connected with Tyler Johnson and Rob Gronkowski during the Buccaneers' 28-point second quarter.

Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians also said Dean's pick-six was the key for the Buccaneers, who are 4-2 and handed the Packers their first loss of the season.

"They came out with a pretty quick start and we kind of hung in there and then Dean made his play," he said.

"That kind of changed the whole momentum, I thought, in the whole stadium."

The Green Bay Packers suffered their first defeat of the NFL season at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes it is a necessary wake-up call for the franchise.

Green Bay carried a flawless 4-0 record into the Week 6 contest, but the Packers were upstaged by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers 38-10 on Sunday.

It was a forgettable day for the Packers at Raymond James Stadium, where two-time MVP Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions and a pick-six as he finished 16-of-35 for 160 yards without a touchdown.

"You don't ever want to lose like this," Rodgers said. "I felt like we needed a little bit of a wake-up call at some point this season because things have been so good and there's been so much talk maybe outside the building about the ease with which we're moving the ball on offense and scoring.

"I think we needed kind of a kick in the a*** a little bit. There's a little bit of wake-up to stop feeling ourselves so much and get back to the things that got us to this position. I think this would be, unfortunately but fortunately, something we can really grow from."

It was a rare pick-six for Super Bowl champion and MVP Rodgers, who had only been intercepted and returned for a score on two previous occasions in a stellar career dating back to 2005.

"That s*** happens," Rodgers, who was replaced by Tim Boyle late in the game, said. "I haven't had a lot of those over the years. But the wind was blowing pretty good right to left, and like I said, I felt good about the spot.

"I knew it was tight, we've hit throws like that, but I missed on my spot by probably a foot, or so. And the kid made a good play."

Rodgers – interception-free on his first 156 passes of the season before that run came to an end against the Bucs – added: "I don't feel like we ever got into a rhythm, or even the 10 points to start the game. We had off-scheduled plays to keep our drives alive. They deserve credit -- they got us out of our rhythm."

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will renew their fiery rivalry in Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. 

Although neither team were in playoff contention last year, things got ugly between the AFC North rivals in their first meeting of 2019 when a fight broke out and Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. 

The mood in both camps will be upbeat heading into Sunday's game at Heinz Field, though, as they have been victorious in each of their past four outings. 

A meeting of Cleveland's top-ranked rushing attack and the Pittsburgh's second-ranked run defense promises to serve up quite the contest. 

The Steelers have limited two of their first four opponents to fewer than 30 yards on the ground and allow 64.0 yards per game, while the Browns' average in rushing yards per game is almost three times that figure. 

The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans are back in action after seeing games postponed by positive COVID-19 tests, while veteran quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will go toe to toe in Tampa. 

We use Stats Perform data to look ahead to another mouthwatering schedule.


FEATURE GAME

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, 1pm (all times Eastern)

- The Browns have scored 30 points in each of their past four games and their total of 150 in Weeks 2-5 were the most in the NFL. They lead the NFL in rushing (188.4 yards per game) and are fourth in stopping the run (87.0 yards per game).

- Pittsburgh are 4-0 for the first time since 1979 – the last Super Bowl-winning season of the Chuck Noll/Terry Bradshaw/Steel Curtain era. The season before that Pittsburgh started 7-0, also en route to the Lombardi Trophy.

- Ben Roethlisberger is 22-2-1 in 25 career starts versus the Browns, including 11-0 at Heinz Field. In addition, he came off the bench to pass for 379 yards in a home victory over Cleveland in 2015. He last faced the Browns in 2018, throwing four interceptions in two games.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers – Sunday, 1pm

- Teddy Bridgewater's 73.0 completion percentage ranks second in the NFL behind Derek Carr (73.1 percent). The all-time single-season high for a Carolina quarterback is 68.0 percent by Cam Newton in 2018 (minimum 10 attempts).

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, 1pm

- Baltimore improved to 4-1 with a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Ravens' +73-point differential leads the NFL and ranks second in franchise history through five games, behind only 2011 (+77).

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, 4.25pm

- Rodgers and Brady have split their head-to-head matchups 1-1, with the latter taking the most recent one in Foxborough back in 2018 (31-17). However, Rodgers is in strong form this year – he is just the fourth quarterback in the past 70 years to throw for at least 13 touchdowns without an interception through the first four games of a season (2018 Patrick Mahomes, 2013 Peyton Manning, 1966 Don Meredith).

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, 8.20pm

- The Rams have nine rushing touchdowns this season, more than any other team in the NFL. Five different Rams players have run for a touchdown this season, with Darrell Henderson (3), Malcolm Brown (2) and Jared Goff (2) all doing so multiple times.

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Monday, 5pm

- Mahomes suffered just his eighth defeat in 36 regular-season games as a starting quarter back in Week 5. He’s bounced back well after the first seven defeats, going 5-2 and throwing 18 touchdowns to just four interceptions following losses.

ELSEWHERE…

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – Sunday, 1pm

- The Pats are 2-2 and in danger of falling below .500 in October or later for the first time since 2002. Their streak of 225 consecutive games in October or later without being below .500 (either before or after the game) is the longest streak in NFL history.

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – Monday, 8.15pm

- DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 131 yards in a 30-10 rout of the New York Jets in Week 5 and leads the NFL with 45 catches and 528 yards. Hopkins surpassed 9,000 career receiving yards in the win, becoming the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to do so at 28 years and 127 days old. Only Randy Moss (27 years, 310 days), Calvin Johnson (28-56) and Hopkins' team-mate Larry Fitzgerald (28 years, 81 days) got there at a younger age.

Tom Brady is relishing the chance to face Aaron Rodgers as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare for Sunday's clash against the Green Bay Packers.

Brady and Rodgers have split their two head-to-head matchups, with the former New England Patriots quarterback winning the most recent one in 2018.

A six-time Super Bowl winner, Brady is excited to face the Packers star again at Raymond James Stadium.

"I always enjoy coming up against another great quarterback because you know those are the tough teams to beat because they're prepared," Brady told a news conference.

"They're going to play well on offense, they've got a very talented defense. It just means you can't make a lot of mistakes.

"I'm not defending Aaron, we've got a whole defense that's doing that but from my standpoint what does that mean? I can play a role in that by doing a job on offense so that a guy like that doesn't have his offense on the field trying to score points. You just can't give guys like that extra opportunity because they make you pay and they've had some games that weren't even close this year because there were turnovers in the game.

"They possessed the ball, they've got a great running game, he's completed 70 per cent of his passes so all of those things play into team football and we know what we're up against, we're up against one of the best teams in the league and we've got to go out there and play a great game if we're going to beat them."

The Buccaneers (3-2) are coming off a loss to the Chicago Bears, while the Packers (4-0) are one of four remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.

Asked about the importance of a big win early in the season, Brady said every game was an opportunity for the Buccaneers to build belief.

"Every time you win you develop confidence. Every time you lose you've got to look in the mirror and say, 'Is this good enough? Is what we're doing good enough?' Even when you win you do that," he said.

"For example, when you come back like we did against the [Los Angeles] Chargers, you believe that if you're behind you can do that. When you lead close games you have the belief that you can win close games.

"We've got to do that together. This is not, 'I've done this in the past' or 'You've done this in the past' or 'You did it at a different time'. This is, 'We've done this together and now we have the confidence that we can go into these situations and win'. Any time you play good teams you know that you're faced with that type of challenge." 

Nick Foles praised the Chicago Bears' defense for their ability to frustrate Tom Brady after he won a Super Bowl rematch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.

The Thursday Night Football battle between Foles and Brady was the first time two NFL QBs had taken part in a Super Bowl rematch while both representing different teams.

Despite the Bucs racing out to a 13-point lead, it was Foles and the Bears who emerged with a 20-19 win at Solider Field that moved them to 4-1.

Foles also tasted victory over Brady when the Philadelphia Eagles faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, but defenses were more of a factor in this meeting.

Brady was sacked three times and pressured throughout, ultimately restricted to 253 yards and one touchdown as the Bucs, who fell to 3-2, racked up 11 penalties.
 
"Any time you can frustrate Tom Brady, it's a great day, and our defense did that," said Foles, who had an up-and-down outing with 243 yards, one touchdown and one pick. 

"I was really proud of our defense and what they did.

"It wasn't an easy game by any means. It was a fistfight. We just kept fighting, kept fighting, and everyone just kept throwing punches. 

"I would say the big thing was we got to learn how to go through a fistfight like this and come out on top. You don't want them every week, but if that's what it takes to win every week, that's what we'll do.

"It reminded me of a good old fistfight from Philly. Now, I get to do it in Chicago. I really enjoyed getting in the locker room and celebrating with my team-mates. Everyone is really excited about the victory."

Foles came into the game on the back of his difficult first start in a defeat at the Indianapolis Colts, having previously inspired a big comeback against the Atlanta Falcons after replacing Mitch Trubisky from the bench.

It was another mixed night against the Bucs, but head coach Matt Nagy felt the QB highlighted his "special traits" when he engineered two fourth-quarter drives which led to Cairo Santos field goals.

"All in all, the offense made plays when they had to and I think that's one of the special traits that I think Nick has – that is who he is," said Nagy. 

"The best part about all this that I'm super-excited with our players and our coaches is that we're 4-1, and we know we can play a lot better.

"We've been resilient with how we've come through in different situations. There's something special about this team. We find ways to win. It's not always pretty; we totally understand that. But this is a big win for us."

Khalil Mack had two sacks in a game for the first time since Week 3 of the 2019 season and had another chalked off for roughing the passer, with Brady visibly frustrated at times.

"I can't really say what he was going through," Mack said of Brady. "I just know that we smelled a little blood in the water."

Tom Brady blamed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' narrow loss to the Chicago Bears on poor execution, including on a late play that led to confusion over whether the quarterback realised it was fourth down.

The Bears prevailed 20-19 on Thursday to move to 4-1 for the season, though only after their defense stopped a potential game-winning drive for the Bucs in the closing stages.

After Cairo Santos' second field goal edged Chicago ahead with just over a minute to play, Brady was unable to move his team into range for kicker Ryan Succop to respond.

The 43-year-old seemingly signalled to the officials he had one more play after Chicago's DeAndre Houston-Carson broke up a fourth-down pass, holding up four fingers before heading to the sideline following the turnover in possession.

Brady was asked to clarify what happened in his post-match media conference, replying: "I knew we needed a chunk and I was thinking about more yardage. It was bad execution as we had a great opportunity there - we didn't execute when we needed to."

The six-time Super Bowl champion pinpointed too many penalties as an issue for Tampa Bay, calling on his team to "tighten up" after they let slip a 13-0 lead to fall to 3-2 on the season.

"Penalties stop drives, we had so many third-and-longs that we just couldn't get in any rhythm in the second half. It's just poor execution," Brady said.

"If you don't execute well on first and second down, you have third-and-forevers, those are tough to convert time after time.

"We've got to tighten that up and, you know, play a bit more consistent type of football. We obviously have a lot of work to do."

When asked by the media if Brady realised it was fourth down on the team's final drive, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said: "Yeah, he knew."

Arians felt he was outcoached by opposite number Matt Nagy, who made sure the Bears bounced back to winning ways following a Week 4 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts.

"We'll take the break and get back to work for the next one," Arians said. "But I feel like we left this stadium with a fourth-quarter lead and didn't maintain it.

"We'll see who we are next week. This is one game that I feel like we got out-coached and out-played, so we'll find out next week."

The Chicago Bears roughed up legendary quarterback Tom Brady and defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 in NFL action on Thursday.

Chicago prevailed as Buccaneers QB Brady appeared to lose track of what down it was during a failed final drive in the Week 5 contest.

Brady remained on the field thinking the Buccaneers had one more play, having signalled to officials following a fourth incomplete down after Chicago's Cairo Santos kicked a 38-yard field goal with just over a minute remaining.

The six-time Super Bowl champion did not have a fourth down to work with after DeAndre Houston-Carson broke up Brady's fourth-down pass with 33 seconds left on the clock.

It meant Nick Foles' team got the better of Brady again, after the Philadelphia Eagles upstaged the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Brady was 25 of 41 for 253 yards and a touchdown as Tampa Bay's (3-2) three-game winning streak was snapped, while Chicago (4-1) bounced back from a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Bears quarterback Foles – the Super Bowl LII MVP for the Eagles – completed 30 of 42 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown in his second start since replacing Mitchell Trubisky.

The Buccaneers jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the second quarter – Mike Evans connecting with Brady for a two-yard pass in the opening period.

But the Bears quickly erased the deficit with just over a minute remaining in the first half as David Montgomery and Jimmy Graham scored touchdowns to put Chicago ahead.

Ryan Succop – who finished with four field goals – added three points in the third quarter to restore Tampa Bay's advantage and he converted a 25-yard attempt to give the Buccaneers a 19-17 lead with 4:49 remaining in the game.

But after Tampa Bay nose tackle Vita Vea was carted off the field, the Bears took over and held on in Chicago.

It was a dramatic offseason for quarterback movement in the NFL, but there was no bigger transaction than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signing Tom Brady.

The six-time Super Bowl winner left the New England Patriots after 20 years and now, at the age of 43, is bidding to lead his new team to the promised land.

The Bucs' Raymond James Stadium will host the Super Bowl on February 7 and if they go all the way it will be the first time a team has won the Vince Lombardi Trophy on their own turf.

With the first quarter of the 2020 season in the books and Bruce Arians' team set to face the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football, we have used Stats Perform data to scrutinise how Brady and the Bucs have fared so far.

THE BIG PICTURE

The Bucs will be reasonably pleased with where they sit in the standings through four weeks.

They lost to divisional rivals the New Orleans Saints in Brady's debut but have responded with wins over the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers to reach 3-1.

That puts them one game clear of the Saints in the NFC South and although there is a long way to go, the early signs point to the Bucs making the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

As for Brady, he has thrown for 1,122 yards across the first four games with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has a completion percentage of 65.2 and a passer rating of 99.4.

Those stats put him fourth in the NFL for touchdowns, ninth in passing yards, 14th for passer rating and 22nd for completion percentage, but box score numbers only tell part of the story.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO NEW ENGLAND?

Comparing the numbers with how Brady started each of his seasons with New England produces a mixed picture.

For passing yards, completion percentage and passer rating, the 2020 season ranks as the ninth-best of Brady's career has achieved through four weeks.

However, only three times did he ever throw more than 11 TDs in his first four games of a season with the Patriots, and this is his best return since 2016.

Brady also threw five touchdowns to five different receivers to lead the Bucs' comeback against the Los Angeles Chargers last week – and that was a career first, highlighting the stellar supporting cast he has in Tampa.

On the negative side, his four interceptions are tied for the third-worst he has had through four games. Only twice did he have more with New England, way back in 2003 and 2011.

Of those interceptions, Brady has had two high-profile pick-sixes in the opening quarter of the campaign – one each against the Saints and Chargers. 

With New England, he never had a full 16-game season with more than two passes intercepted for a touchdown and only twice (his first year as a starter in 2001 and in 2015) did he even reach two. 

That total has already been matched with the Bucs through just four games, making it a concerning trend to watch. 

BRADY HAS IMPROVED THE BUCS

While Brady's numbers are not the same as they were at his peak – unsurprising given his age and the decline he displayed towards the end of his stay with New England – what is clear is his positive impact on the Buccaneers.

Four picks in four games may be unusually high for Brady, but in the last eight seasons it is the second-best tally in that category for the Bucs (three in 2017 being the best).

That is key, as the 14-time Pro Bowler's ability to look after the football was one of the main contrasts cited when Tampa Bay signed him to replace previous starter Jameis Winston.

His passer rating is the second-best Bucs return through four games since 1997. Only in 2018, when Ryan Fitzpatrick (108.9) jumped out of the gate with some sensational performances, have the Bucs had a better start from a passer over that period.

EARLY TRENDS IN TAMPA

The sample size may still be small, but there are some interesting trends developing with Brady as a Buccaneer.

Wide receiver Chris Godwin has only played in two of the opening four games but the indications are he and Brady are poised to form a fruitful partnership.

Godwin has caught 11 of his 13 targets from Brady for 143 yards and a touchdown, good for a passer rating of 138.1 when targeted.

Scotty Miller, who fits the mould of some of the QB's favourite targets in New England, has also emerged since his arrival, catching 15 of 21 for 250 yards (127.1 rating).

Tight end O.J. Howard being out for the rest of the season comes as a blow after he hauled in two TDs, so Brady may need to get close friend Rob Gronkowski more involved – he has been targeted just 14 times (88 yards and one pick when thrown to for a 52.1 rating).

His start with star wideout Mike Evans has been productive (230 yards, five touchdowns and one pick) but also extremely volatile. Evans has followed up two games of under five yards receiving with 100-yard performances, the most up-and-down stretch in the NFL since James Jones for the Green Bay Packers in 2010.

Brady is famed for his clutch play and has made a positive start on third down for the Bucs – he has four touchdowns and zero interceptions with a 113.4 rating, which is on track to be his second-best performance on third down in the last five years.

Playing in Arians' aggressive offense brought intense debate about whether Brady could adapt to throwing the ball down the field more often than he did in an efficient Patriots system.

The early signs are good – he has completed six passes travelling 30 or more yards downfield, already equal or better than his totals over full seasons in New England for 10 of the previous 11 years. His passer rating on such throws (129.9) is tracking to be the best of his career.

Overall, the Bucs are competitive again and Brady has made a solid start adapting to a new offense, one that he and Arians should be able to build on as he gets more familiar with the system and his team-mates.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians lauded Tom Brady following his "outstanding" performance as the legendary quarterback's five touchdowns sparked a comeback against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Brady was at the forefront for the rallying Buccaneers, who overturned a 17-point deficit to top the Chargers 38-31 in NFL action on Sunday.

The six-time Super Bowl champion threw five TD passes, three of those coming in the second half, as the Buccaneers completed their second largest comeback – behind a 21-point fightback over the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.

Brady finished 30-of-46 for 369 passing yards and just one interception for the Buccaneers, who posted their third consecutive win.

"I thought he just played outstanding," Arians told reporters post-game.

"I've just got to coach him up better on that one play [that was intercepted] and just get it coached better. But he played fantastic and was lights-out in the second half."

"We knew we played poorly. It was just a show of character. I can honestly say, had this been last year, we would have gotten our ass beat by 20," coach Bruce Arians said, praising the leadership of his captains.

"[With] Tom -- he's never behind in his mind, so we can always make plays to win games."

Brady and the Bucs were forced to dig deep at home to the Chargers, having trailed 24-7 in the second quarter before scoring 21 unanswered points.

The Bucs continued to rally and eventually improved to 3-1 for the season, their best start since the 2011 campaign.

It was Brady's biggest comeback since overcoming a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

"We've got to do a good job forcing them to cover everything," said Brady. "The passing got a little compressed and then we made some plays down the field and it opened some things up. You've got to make them defend everything.

"We put ourselves in a pretty good hole and we were just going to have to dig our way out of it. That's just the way football works sometimes. We've just got to tighten things up. I'm glad we came back. The defense made a big play for us just before the end of the half and that got us and that got us ignited a little bit.

"We made some plays in the third quarter, made some good plays in the fourth quarter. We started the game well, finished the game well, that middle part we've just to figure out how to play 60 minutes well."

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