TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Brady hadn’t lost three games in a row since 2002 when he was the quarterback for the New England Patriots and he wasn’t going to let that happen against the Falcons. Brady threw for 351 yards and one touchdown in a 21-15 win.
Running back Leonard Fournette scored two touchdowns as the Bucs moved to 3-2 on the season. Brady feels it was a small step in the right direction.
“We just got to keep doing it,” Brady said. “Whoever is open is gonna get it. I’m trying to find the open guy. We’ve gotta keep finding ways to find holes in the defense and make plays when we need to make.”
The Bucs defense made sure they came out playing with passion Sunday in a 21-15 win at home over the Falcons. Last week against the Chiefs, Kansas City scored on their first possessions en route to a 41-31 victory.
Several Bucs defensive players admitted they were embarrassed after the Chiefs game and weren’t going to let that happen again. But having a 21-0 lead and allowing the Falcons to get back in wasn’t something they wanted to do going forward.
“We just gotta play four quarters,” Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said. “We played good team ball in the first half. I think we lacked it in the second half. We’ve got to get better at that.”.
The Falcons got to within six points on a Marcus Mariota 19-yard touchdown pass to Olamide Zaccheaus and converted on a two-point conversion pass to Khadarel Hodge. Bucs linebacker Devin White says to give credit to Mariota. he’s hard to defend.
It was our first time ever playing him (Mariota),” White said. “He scrambled a bunch. They weren’t designed runs. He was scrambling and we were in coverage. We just got to do a great job up front, continuing him. Even put a spy on him. Holding him in.”
“It wasn’t our best in the second half,” Brady said. “We’ll learn from it and try to get better.”
The Bucs travel to Pittsburgh for a 1 pm game Sunday. The Steelers (1-4) were crushed by the Buffalo Bills 38-3.