The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8) managed to seal an OT win last Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals (4-11). After falling behind 16-6 in the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers scored 10 straight points to tie the game and then forced a Cardinals punt on the first drive of overtime.
The Cardinals fall short, 19-16, and are now 4-11 with a five-game losing streak. However, the Bucs failed to cover the 5.5 spread offered at DraftKings.
Brady Takes over
While Brady looked visibly frustrated and angry at times during the lengthy game on Sunday night, it was he who had the last laugh. With the Bucs trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, Brady dug deep and completed all six of his passes in overtime, leading the Bucs to a miraculous 19-16 victory over the Cardinals.
Brady showed that despite entering his 21st season in the NFL, he remains as much of a force to be reckoned with as ever – proving himself once again to be one of the greatest football players ever seen on a professional field. Thanks to his stellar performance Sunday night, Tampa Bay has taken a one-game lead over Arizona and it looks like things will only go uphill from here for Brady and co.
Brady threw two costly interceptions earlier on but managed to redeem himself by connecting with Rachaad White for the team’s only touchdown of the game. The star of the evening was undoubtedly Leonard Fournette, who ran 20 times for 72 yards and caught nine passes for 90 yards.
This hard-fought victory means the Buccaneers can clinch their NFC South title with a win against Carolina Panthers next Sunday. That will also secure them the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs, assuring a post-season run into January at least.
Trace McSorley did a relatively admirable job as the Cardinals’ quarterback in his first NFL start, showing flashes of his ceiling and avoiding disaster for much of the night. Nevertheless, one mistake cost him, as he misfired on a pitch to Keontay Ingram, resulting in William Gholston recovering the ball at an inopportune moment that allowed Tampa to come away with a game-tying field goal.
With much more at stake, Tampa has much more reason to put forth their best effort while Arizona will be left playing out pointless games of speculators as they visit Atlanta in Week 17. This will only be useful for looking ahead to the draft position.