Tom Brady threw two second-half touchdown passes as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to post a 25-23 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night at East Rutherford, N.J.
Brady completed 28 of 40 passes for 279 yards as Tampa Bay (6-2) won its third straight game and moved a half-game ahead of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans caught touchdown passes, and Ryan Succop booted four field goals.
Daniel Jones connected on 25 of 41 passing for 256 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Giants (1-7), who dropped to 1-3 at home. Wayne Gallman rushed for a touchdown while Dion Lewis and Golden Tate caught scoring passes for New York.
The Giants pulled within 25-23 on Jones’ 19-yard scoring pass to Tate with 28 seconds left. Antoine Winfield Jr. broke up the two-point conversion pass to Lewis, and Justin Watson covered the ensuing onside kick to seal the Buccaneers’ victory.
Tampa Bay went ahead to stay on Brady’s 8-yard scoring pass to Evans with 9:02 left in the game. The diving grab in the right corner of the end zone gave the Buccaneers a 22-17 advantage, and Succop added a 38-yard field goal with 3:41 remaining.
The two touchdown passes raised Brady’s total to an all-time leading 561, one ahead of Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.
Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting notched interceptions for the Buccaneers, who were outgained 357 yards to 344.
Tampa Bay moved ahead at 15-14 on Brady’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski with six minutes left in the third quarter. A two-point conversion pass for Evans was incomplete.
The score marked the 93rd time — counting the postseason — that Brady and Gronkowski teamed up for a touchdown, moving the duo into second place on the all-time list, ahead of the San Francisco 49ers’ combo of Steve Young and Jerry Rice.
The leaders are the Indianapolis Colts pair of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison at 114.
The Giants went back ahead at 17-15 on Graham Gano’s 33-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the quarter.
Earlier, Jones threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Lewis in the first quarter, and Gallman scored on a 2-yard run with 1:46 left in the second as the Giants held a 14-3 lead.
Succop connected on a 40-yard field goal — his second field goal of the first half — with seven seconds left before intermission as Tampa Bay cut its deficit to eight points. Succop added a 43-yard field goal with 10 minutes left in the third quarter as the Buccaneers moved within 14-9.
–Field Level Media