The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled out a win Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys, with Super Bowl LV MVP at the helm. Tom Brady pulled off a late-game drive to put the Buccaneers in field goal range in the dying seconds. And just like in New England, Tom Brady was tossing to his favorite target Rob Gronkowski.
During the third quarter of Thursday night's opening game, Brady found Gronkowski in the endzone for their 100th touchdown connection. However, Gronkowski to the house wasn't the original play call. Gronkowski's route was the result of a Brady audible before the snap. After the game, Gronkowski couldn't help but praise the 44-year-old's savvy.
"Tom made a great call, I was actually on a route, and then he checked me into blocking, and then he checked me into blocking and releasing. He sees it all on the field. It's impressive. I mean, the guy's been playing for like 80 years, seen every defense, seen every play."
While it may be Brady's 22nd season, in reality, he has demonstrated time and time again why many consider him the greatest of all time. Brady put up 379 passing yards to go with four touchdowns, and even though he did have two picks, he was on-target on the biggest drive of the game. With 1:24 left and trailing by 2, Brady calmly marched the Buccanneers into field goal range for the winner.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski chasing history
In the third quarter, Brady and Gronkowski passed Steve Young and Jerry Rice in a regular-season touchdown with their 11-yard touchdown. In total touchdowns (including the postseason), Gronk and Brady only trail Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. The duo shares excellent chemistry on the field, as well as in T-Mobile commercials.
Thursday night's game represented the beginning of the football season, and anticipation for the season has been building. Brady and the Buccs are off to a good start, and the title defense is now underway. With his celebrity status and on-field heroics, it's easy to see why Brady has maintained his popularity in the NFL. Even at his advanced age, Tom Brady has proven he's always in the title race.