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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady outplayed Aaron Rodgers in a uncommon assembly between the Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterbacks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers erased an early double-digit deficit to rout the beforehand unbeaten Inexperienced Bay Packers 38-10 on Sunday.
It was the 43-year-old Bradyís first signature victory since signing with the Bucs (4-2) after a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots, which included 9 NFL title recreation appearances and 6 championships.
He received his favourite goal from his days with the Patriots into the combination, throwing a 12-yard landing cross to Rob Gronkowski for a 28-10 halftime lead. It was Gronkowskiís first TD since December 2018 and the 79th for the quarterback/tight finish tandem — tied for fourth on the all-time listing with Miami’s Dan Marino and Mark Clayton.
Brady additionally threw a 7-yard TD cross to rookie Tyler Johnson and Ronald Jones had a pair of speeding TDs for Tampa Bay, which received an much more spectacular efficiency from its protection.
Rodgers threw two interceptions — Inexperienced Bayís first turnovers of the season — inside a three-pass span of the second quarter to show a 10-0 Packers lead right into a 14-10 deficit.
Inexperienced Bay (4-1) by no means recovered.
Cornerback Jamel Dean broke on Rodgersí sideline throw meant for Davante Adams and returned the decide 32 yards to get the Bucs rolling. Security Mike Edwards returned a second interception on a throw additionally meant for Adams 38 yards to the Inexperienced Bay 2 to arrange Jonesí speeding TD on the following play.
Rodgers completed 16 of 35 for 160 yards and no touchdowns after finishing 70.5 p.c of his passes and throwing for 13 TDs and no interceptions in Inexperienced Bayís first 4 video games.
Brady was 17 of 27 for 166 yards and two TDs with out an interception. Jones rushed for 113 yards and Gronkowski led the Bucs with 5 receptions for 78 yards — his greatest recreation since ending a one-year retirement to affix Brady in Tampa Bay.
It was simply the third time the Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterbacks have confronted one another of their lengthy profitable careers.
And though each insisted it wasnít Brady vs. Rodgers, the chums expressed mutual admiration for one anotherís accomplishments whereas acknowledging it might be enjoyable sharing the sector with the Packers attempting to stay unbeaten and the Bucs trying to gauge their progress in opposition to one of many NFLís high groups.
Brady famous how necessary it might be to attenuate errors, one thing no quarterback had carried out higher by means of the primary 5 weeks of the season.
Along with turning into the primary group in NFL historical past to attain at the very least 150 factors and commit no turnovers by means of the primary 4 video games of a season, the Packers had solely allowed three sacks earlier than Sunday.
The Bucs had two interceptions and two of their 4 sacks by halftime.
BRADY VS. RODGERS
Brady and Rodgers break up their two earlier head-to-head conferences, with the Packers profitable 26-21 in 2014 at Inexperienced Bay and New England profitable 31-17 at residence in 2018, whereas Brady was taking part in for the Patriots.
Packers: LT David Bakhtiari left within the third quarter with a chest harm, leaving Inexperienced Bay to play the rest of the sport with out its greatest offensive lineman. S Darnell Savage (quad) missed a portion of the second half… CB Kevin King (quadriceps) and RB Tyler Ervin (wrist) have been inactive.
Buccaneers: RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) sat out for the second time in three video games. DL Khalil Davis (ankle) additionally was inactive due to harm.
Packers: at Houston subsequent Sunday
Buccaneers: at Las Vegas subsequent Sunday evening.
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