Tom Brady finds drive to carry Tampa over Rams in remaining seconds

Tom Brady is way extra of a fixer than a fixator, so it wasn’t stunning Sunday that the Tampa Bay quarterback was centered on righting his group’s rudderless ship, moderately than yet one more private milestone.

However what a milestone it was — 100,000 yards passing for his profession, counting the common season and postseason. After main the Buccaneers to a come-from-behind 16-13 victory, although, he dismissed that milestone the way in which he may a six-figure wage.

“It’s all about the win, man,” Brady stated, his private tally now at 100,116 yards. “Never cared about that [milestone].”

It’s value noting that 100,000 yards is roughly 57 miles, or in regards to the distance from Pasadena to San Juan Capistrano.

Combining the common season and postseason creates a bloated quantity; the extra accepted statistic is his regular-season report of 83,010 yards. The subsequent 4 gamers on that checklist — Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Ben Roethlisberger — are both within the Corridor of Fame or headed there, and have received a mixed six Tremendous Bowl rings. Brady has seven.

The Buccaneers scoreboard reveals Tom Brady (12) has turn into the primary NFL participant to throw for 100,000 yards, together with the playoffs.

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Rams coach Sean McVay congratulates Tom Brady after the Buccaneers quarterback led a comeback victory.

Rams coach Sean McVay congratulates Tom Brady after the Buccaneers quarterback led a comeback victory.

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This season has been markedly totally different for Brady and the Buccaneers, nevertheless, and Sunday’s recreation was a first-rate instance. It was an absolute offensive stinker — Tampa Bay generated 10 yards and nil first downs within the third quarter, as an example — and gave the house crowd purpose to cheer solely on the ultimate drive, when Brady directed the offense 60 yards for the profitable landing.

The NFL has not been form to thirtysomething passers this season (see: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford), not to mention the 45-year-old Brady, whose group got here into Sunday’s recreation having misplaced 4 of 5.

It’s humorous, there are hanging similarities between the Buccaneers and Rams. Each went out and bought their star quarterback — the Rams traded for Stafford a yr after Tampa Bay signed Brady — and people gamers went on to information their groups to Tremendous Bowl victories of their inaugural seasons. What’s extra, the Buccaneers and Rams turned the primary two franchises to win Lombardi Trophies on their residence fields.

The downturn got here this season, when each groups had all kinds of accidents to the inside of their offensive traces, no operating video games and a revolving-door solid of walking-wounded receivers. In consequence, each Brady and Stafford have presided over hopelessly sputtering offenses.

Sunday was large for each golf equipment. For the 3-5 Rams, it was the fourth loss in 5 video games, and the primary time they had been defeated by the Brady-led Buccaneers. For Tampa Bay, the win lifted the Buccaneers to a lukewarm 4-5 however a share of first place within the NFC South.

That’s onerous to imagine with how wobbly each the Buccaneers and Rams regarded offensively. The Rams had a paltry 206 yards, and Tampa Bay wasn’t significantly better with 323 — 60 of which got here on that do-or-die drive on the finish.

“That comeback was something he’s done his whole career,” Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen stated of Brady. “He somehow keeps himself positive. He keeps believing that somehow he’ll make a play at the end. Not many guys do that. With most guys, when things go that bad you just sink along with the atmosphere, and he doesn’t. He fights the tide.”

Despite the fact that Brady brushed apart the most recent milestone, others didn’t. CBS play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, who by his rely has known as not less than 105 of Brady’s video games, says he doesn’t imagine we’ll see one other quarterback throw for 100,000 yards. By the use of comparability, Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo’s Josh Allen every would want to common about 5,000 yards per season for one more 14 years to be knocking on that door.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws while being rushed by Rams defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws whereas being rushed by Rams defensive deal with A’Shawn Robinson.

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“I think this is one of those records, where unless they radically change the rules of the NFL, it becomes flag football or something, this one is going to stand the test of time,” Nantz stated.

After which there was Rams group doctor Neal ElAttrache, who was strolling from the guests sideline when Brady threw that record-breaking go, a dump-off to operating again Leonard Fournette for 15 yards with 9 minutes, 5 seconds remaining.

Fourteen years in the past, ElAttrache, the preeminent sports activities surgeon, rebuilt Brady’s knee after a catastrophic harm. The 2 have been shut mates since.

“My heart’s broken for our guys,” stated ElAttrache, standing outdoors a Rams bus that quickly would go away for the airport. “But of all competitors, you’ve got to think hard to find a better one than Tommy. You can never count him out. If he’s standing, you’d better be ready to play until the last second.”

Brady’s odometer rolled over. His group didn’t.