Over the course of his lengthy and storied NFL career, Tom Brady has become accustomed to making history. On Sunday, the 45-year-old set new world records from all across the world.
Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 at Germany’s Allianz Arena in the NFL’s inaugural regular season game in the country. Brady became the first quarterback to win an NFL game in three different countries other than the United States with the victory.
Brady won all three international games he played in as a New England Patriot, two in London and one in Mexico City. And now he can add Germany to the list as the NFL’s most decorated athlete adding another award to his growing collection.
Brady described the atmosphere in the Allianz Arena, home of German football giants Bayern Munich, as “quite explosive” following the victory.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere,” he told NFL Network. “When we got out for warm-ups, it seemed like a fairly hyped-up game.”
“I hope the German fans got what they wanted because it was really electric.” Our team earned a crucial victory. We fought against a terrific opponent, our defense was outstanding, and I’m delighted we were able to slug it out and win.”
Despite a difficult season, Brady looked much more like himself on Sunday, throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones and sprinting for another as the Buccaneers raced to a 14-0 second-quarter lead.
With the Buccaneers leading 14-3 in the third quarter, Fournette attempted to throw to Brady, but Brady tripped and Fournette was intercepted by Tariq Woolen.
And when Chris Godwin grabbed a four-yard touchdown ball from Brady early in the fourth quarter, the game appeared to be over. However, the Seahawks’ late comeback ensured that the German supporters had enough to cheer about.
With just over eight minutes remaining, Tyler Lockett’s touchdown cut the deficit to five points, and Brady’s untimely interception to Cody Barton was capitalized on by Seattle, as Marquise Goodwin caught a touchdown pass from Seattle quarterback Geno Smith to cut the deficit to five points with under four minutes to play.
Smith finished the game with 275 yards throwing and two touchdowns. But, just when they needed it, Tampa Bay produced a game-ending drive led by Rachaad White, who ran for a career-high 105 yards, to clinch the team’s fifth victory of the season and second in a row.
The Buccaneers now enter their bye week atop the NFC South and look more like the squad that was expected to compete for a Super Bowl ring.
The Seahawks fall to 6-4 after a promising start to the season, but they return to the West Coast of the United States with their heads held high after demonstrating grit late in the game.