TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England’s porous invulnerability showed signs of alleviation Thursday night in a 19-14 feat over a Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Super Bowl champions rebounded from a last-second detriment to Carolina, notwithstanding Brady branch a round over twice — on his initial interception in 8 regular-season games and a fail on one of Tampa Bay’s 3 sacks.
Neither of a mistakes led to points for Tampa Bay (2-2), that was incompetent to do many offensively until a fourth quarter.
Brady threw a 5-yard TD pass to Chris Hogan in a second quarter, and Stephen Gostkowski kicked margin goals of 27, 23, 45 and 48 yards for a Patriots (3-2).
Jameis Winston rallied Tampa Bay late with an 18-yard TD pass to Cameron Brate that embellished New England’s lead to 16-14 with 2:09 remaining. He marched a Bucs from his 25 to a Patriots 19 before throwing an incompletion on a final play.
It competence not have come down to a last-second expostulate if not for another bad opening by Bucs kicker Nick Folk.
Folk missed dual margin goals and an extra-point before violence a New York Giants on a last-second flog final week. He missed 3 some-more margin goals Thursday night, including a 31-yarder that would have cut a nine-point necessity to 6 in a shutting minutes.
With his 186th career regular-season win as a starter, Brady tied Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for a many by a quarterback in NFL history. He also has 25 postseason victories, including 5 Super Bowls.
Defensively, a Patriots entered a night on gait to produce some-more than yards than any group in joining history.
And, Winston and a immature Tampa Bay offense that’s gradually gotten improved given he was comparison initial altogether in a 2015 breeze was anticipating to be a latest customer of New England’s struggles.
Running behind Doug Martin supposing a lift in his lapse from a cessation for violating a NFL’s process on opening enhancers with 74 yards rushing and one TD.
But one week after throwing for 332 yards and 3 touchdowns but an interception and overcoming a camber of fourth-quarter deficits to kick a Giants, Winston was incompetent to pierce a round consistently until a fourth quarter.
The Bucs didn’t have a third-down acclimatisation until late in a third quarter, and Martin’s 1-yard TD came on a expostulate a Patriots kept alive with a hands-to-the-face chastisement on third down.
Winston finished 26 of 45 with 334 yards and 0 interceptions. DeSean Jackson had 5 receptions for 106 yards.
Playing but harmed parsimonious finish Rob Gronkowski (thigh), Brady finished 30 of 40 with one interception.
Brady non-stop a diversion with 4 true completions before throwing his initial interception of a season, overthrowing a wide-open Hogan in a center of a margin to finish a strain of 264 pass attempts but an interception.
Since 2003, New England is 44-6 in regular-season games following a loss. The Patriots have forsaken back-to-back games usually 6 times during that time camber — in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and twice in 2015. As a starter, Brady is 44-10 in games following a loss.
RING OF HONOR
The Buccaneers respected Malcolm Glazer during halftime, inducting a late owners into a Ring of Honor during Raymond James Stadium.
Glazer, whose family still runs a team, died in 2014 during a age of 85. He purchased a authorization in 1995 for a then-record $192 million.
The late owners joins Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, as good as former manager John McKay, Doug Williams, Jimmie Giles, Mike Alstott, John Lynch and Paul Gruber inductees. Former manager Jon Gruden, who led a Bucs to their usually Super Bowl pretension after being acquired in a trade Glazer authorized 15 years ago, will be inducted on Dec. 18.
Patriots: Gronkowski was combined a damage news after Wednesday’s practice, listed as questionable. … The Patriots did not news any injuries during a game.
Buccaneers: Played with 3 defensive starters — LBs Lavonte David (ankle) and Kwon Alexander (hamstring), and S Keith Tandy (hip). Tandy’s backup T.J. Ward (hip) was inactive, too. … DB Josh Robinson left a diversion in a initial half with a concussion. … DE Ryan Russell harmed his shoulder in a second entertain and did not return.
Patriots: At New York Jets on Oct. 15
Buccaneers: Begin widen in that they’ll play 6 of 8 games on a road, visiting Arizona on Oct. 15.
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