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Patriots vs. Buccaneers final score, highlights: Bucs win on late field goal in Brady’s return

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Tom Brady spent 20 seasons with the Patriots, winning six Super Bowls, earning three NFL MVP awards and being named to the Pro Bowl 18 times. 

It was one of the most successful tenures with a team in sports history, dominating the league for most of two decades. But like all good things, it came to an end, as Brady signed with the Buccaneers in 2020 and won a Super Bowl in his first season with the team. 

MORE: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick relationship timeline: From Jimmy Garopollo, Alex Guerrero-led rift to present day 

Sunday marked his first meeting against New England since his trade, and he and Tampa Bay escaped with a 19-17 win at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. 

Trailing 17-16 with 4:34 to go, Brady — like several times during his Patriot career — led Tampa Bay on a seven-play, 45-yard drive to win the game with a 48-yard field goal from Ryan Succop with 1:57 remaining. 

New England had one last chance to take the lead, though kicker Nick Foles missed a 56-yard field goal with 59 seconds left. 

MORE: Why Tom Brady left the Patriots, explained 

Despite its win, Tampa Bay’s offense was limited to 380 yards against the Patriots, including Brady completing 22-of-43 passes for 269 yards. New England had 294 yards and rookie Mac Jones completed 31-of-40 passes for 275 yards and two touchdown passes and one interception. 

In the game, Brady also passed Drew Brees for the most passing yards in NFL history. 

Here is how Sporting News tracked live updates for Sunday’s game.

Patriots vs. Buccaneers score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Patriots 0 7 0 10 17
Buccaneers 3 3 7 6 19

Patriots vs. Buccaneers live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’

Live updates will start around kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET.

Fourth quarter: Tampa Bay 19, New England 17

The Buccaneers win in Brady’s return to New England. It finished with more yards (380 to 294) while Brady completed 22-of-43 passes for 269 yards. Tampa Bay will face Miami next Sunday while New England will play Houston. 

11:37 p.m.: New England kicker Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal with 55 seconds remaining, giving Tampa Bay the ball back. 

11:28 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BUCCANEERS. Tampa Bay responds with a 48-yard field goal with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter, taking a 19-17 lead with 1:57 to go. 

11:14 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PATRIOTS. New England retakes the lead, 17-14, with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter. It was an eight-play, 66-yard drive from New England, which leads 17-16 with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter. 

11:07 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BUCCANEERS. Tampa Bay advanced to New England’s six-yard line but could not score a touchdown. The Buccaneers are now 1-of-4 on red zone attempts. Tampa Bay leads 16-14 with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter. 

10:50 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS. New England has the lead again at 14-13. Jones threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jonnu Smith, ending a seven-play, 77-yard drive for the Patriots. 

Third quarter: Tampa Bay 13, New England 7

New England only had six plays in the third quarter, going three-and-out once and punting on another drive. Brady has completed 17-of-32 passes for 202 yards and zero touchdowns. New England has 204 total yards and 15 first downs. 

10:39 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BUCCANEERS. Tampa Bay retakes the lead at 13-7 following an eight-play, 52-yard drive, capped off by an eight-yard touchdown from Ronald Jones. 10:28 p.m.: New England fumbled on its first drive of the second half, though Tampa Bay then went three-and-out. It also went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half. 

Second quarter: New England 7, Tampa Bay 6 

The Patriots have a one-point lead at halftime despite trailing Tampa Bay in yards (227 to 129). Brady has completed 15-of-27 passes for 182 yards in his return. Jones has completed 15-of-20 passes for one touchdown and an interception. 

9:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BUCCANEERS. Succop converts a 44-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the second quarter. It ended an eight-play, 69-yard drive for Tampa Bay over a 1:36 span. The Buccaneers are now 4-of-9 on third down in the game. 

9:45 p.m.: New England’s five-play, 19-yard drive over a 3:05 span ended with a 44-yard punt to Tampa Bay’s five-yard line with 1:49 left in the second quarter. 

9:35 p.m.: Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers is down on the field following a 12-yard completion. According to reports, he jogged off on his own power to the medical tent and is now running along the sideline. UPDATE: Meyers returned to the game, though running back Damien Harris was injured on the next play and went to the medical tent. 

9:31 p.m.: Tampa Bay went five yards over a six-yard drive, continuing its offensive struggles in the second quarter. The Buccaneers have just 10 yards this period, and Brady has completed 11-of-20 passes total. New England still leads, 7-3, with 4:54 left in the second quarter. 

9:21 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS. Jones finds tight end Hunter Henry for an 11-yard touchdown, Henry’s first of the season. It capped off an 11-play, 74-yard drive for New England over an 8:28 span. New England leads, 7-3, with 8:28 left in the second quarter. 

9:07 p.m.: Succop missed a 36-yard field goal following a 10-play, 48-yard drive from Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers advanced to New England’s 18-yard line before Brady threw consecutive incomplete passes. Tampa Bay still leads, 3-0. 

First quarter: Tampa Bay 3, New England 0 

Brady completed 9-of-16 passes for 104 yards in the first quarter. Tampa Bay leads New England in total yards (148 to 32) and has seven first downs compared to the Patriots’ two. Jones completed 5-of-9 passes for 40 yards and one interception. 

8:56 p.m.: Jones threw his fourth interception of the season, giving Tampa Bay the football back at its 34-yard line. 

8:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BUCCANEERS. Tampa Bay scores its first points of the game with a 29-yard field goal from Ryan Succop. It capped off a 10-play, 71-yard drive for the Buccaneers over a 3:53 span. Tampa Bay leads, 3-0. 

8:48 p.m.: With a 28-yard pass to receiver Mike Evans, Brady passed former Saints quarterback Drew Brees with the most passing yards in NFL history (80,359). 

8:40 p.m.: New England went three-and-out on its ensuing offensive possession. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has completed 4-of-6 passes for 23 yards and has been sacked once. Still no score with 8:42 left in the first quarter. 

8:31 p.m.: In Brady’s first drive against his former team, Tampa Bay went 34 yards over six plays in a 2:59 span. New England will take over at its 25-yard line following a muffed return from receiver Gunner Olszewski. 

8:26 p.m.: New England went on a five-play, 12-yard drive to start the game. It then punted 37 yards to Tampa Bay’s 11-yard line, setting up the Buccaneers’ first drive. 

8:20 p.m.: Tampa Bay won the toss and elected to defer. 

Tom Brady’s return 

Brady is making his first appearance against the Patriots since he signed with the Buccaneers in March 2020. Here are some of the highlights behind his return. 

Patriots vs. Buccaneers start time

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 3
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET 

The Patriots-Buccaneers game is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

How to watch ‘Sunday Night Football’

The Patriots vs. Buccaneers game will be broadcast on NBC with the normal “Sunday Night Football” booth calling the game. Al Michael will be the play-by-play broadcaster while Cris Collinsworth provides analysis. Michele Tafoya will serve as the sideline reporter.

Drew Brees and Tony Dungy will also be a part of the network’s game coverage. They will host the pregame and halftime shows, and both should have some excellent stories about their battles with Brady and Belichick during their careers.

Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2021

Week Date Matchup
1 Sept. 9 (Thur.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
  Sept. 12 Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
2 Sept. 19 Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
3 Sept. 26 San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
4 Oct. 3 New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 Oct. 10 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
6 Oct. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
7 Oct. 24 San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts
8 Oct. 31 Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
9 Nov. 7 Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
10 Nov. 14 Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
11 Nov. 21 Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12 Nov. 28 Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
13 Dec. 5 Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
14 Dec. 12 Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
15 Dec. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
16 Dec. 26 Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys
17 Jan. 2 Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
18 Jan. 9 TBD

MORE: Did Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hug? QB, coach share awkward exchange following Bucs’ win over Patriots  

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