In Foxborough, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers hold off the Patriots.


In Foxborough, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers hold off the Patriots.

With seconds remaining, Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal attempt hit the left upright, and the New England Patriots fell just short of an upset over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, in his first game against the Patriots, completed 22 of 43 passes for 269 yards in a 19-17 victory at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Brady told reporters, “It was a tremendous night of football and a really tough game that came down to just a few of plays.”

“I’m delighted we were able to come out on top.”

Brady also eclipsed former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to become the NFL’s career passing yardage leader, having spent his first 20 seasons with the Patriots. In the win, he did not throw a touchdown pass or an interception.

“I had a few emotional moments this week thinking about all of the folks in this [New England] community that have meant so much to me in my life,” Brady said.

“I’m glad for the wonderful experience I’ve had here. My football adventure transported me to a different location.”

Mac Jones, the rookie quarterback for the New England Patriots, completed 31 of 40 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Buccaneers restricted the Patriots to a rushing yardage of minus one.

Jones told reporters, “I think we progressed in the correct way.” “Throughout the game, we made plays and worked hard. One of the issues was that we turned the ball over. Turnovers can kill you.”

To begin the game, the Patriots and Buccaneers traded punts. With 4:49 left in the first quarter, Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop hit a 29-yard field goal to put the Buccaneers up 3-0.

Jones threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry 8:28 before halftime to give the Patriots a 7-3 lead. Succop responded with another field goal on the Buccaneers final drive of the half to make the score 7-6 at the break.

Through the first 11:30 minutes of the second half, neither team scored, but the Buccaneers and Patriots would trade the lead five more times.

The Buccaneers reached the end zone for the first time on an eight-yard Ronald Jones run with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter. The Patriots responded with a seven-play, 77-yard touchdown drive.

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