Lto new NFL season is already underway. The current Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady, and the Dallas Cowboys played the first game of the 2021-22 season.
Brady, 44, in his 22nd NFL season, completed 32 of 50 passes for 379 yards. and provide four touchdowns for the Buccaneers who despite committing too many errors took the game 31-29.
In view of a packed stadium for the first time since the pandemic began (65,566 spectators filled the stands), Ryan Succop decided the game with a 36-yard field goal, with two seconds remaining.
Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl winner, added his 300th game at the start of the regular season. He equaled Drew Brees as the only players to throw for more than 300 yards in a game 100 times.
Wide receiver Chris Godwin, wing Rob Gronkowski and fellow receiver Antonio Brown all caught touchdown passes in the first half for Tampa Bay, which extended its winning streak to nine games since last December.
The Brady’s second touchdown pass of the night to Gronkowski put the champions up 28-19. Succop’s field goal came after kicker Greg Zuerlein put the Cowboys ahead with a 48-yard goal with 1:24 to go.
The Quaterback Dak Prescott threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns for Dallas in his first game since sustaining a serious right ankle injury that ended his 2020 season after just five games..
Prescott, with the help of a revamped defensive line from Dallas that forced a fumble and intercepted a pass that bounced off the hands of Leonard Fournette to set up a touchdown and a Zuerlein field goal put the Cowboys 29-28 with 1:29 remaining.
Nevertheless, Ultimately, Brady connected with Chris Godwin on a 24-yard throw that ended on a Ryan Succop field goal.. It was Brady’s 40th victory in the fourth quarter that allowed the reigning champions to start the new season with victory.