Tom Brady has become well accustomed to making history during his long and illustrious NFL career. And on Sunday, the 45-year-old left more historical traces from around the world.
Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 at the Allianz Arena in Germany, the NFL’s first regular season game in the country.
With the win, Brady became the first quarterback to win an NFL game in three different countries outside of the US.
As a New England Patriot, Brady won all three international games he played in, two in London and one in Mexico City.
And now, he can add Germany to the list as the NFL’s most decorated player adds another accolade to his ever-expanding collection.
After the win, Brady described the atmosphere at the Allianz Arena – home of German football giants Bayern Munich – as “pretty electric”.
“It was a great atmosphere,” he said told NFL Network. “It seemed like a pretty tight game when we came out for warm-ups.
“It was quite tense so I hope the German fans got what they wanted. A big victory for our team, we needed it. We played against a great opponent, our defense played great and I’m glad we found a way to fight back and win.”
Despite a rough season before Sunday, Brady looked much more like himself, throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones and running for another to Leonard Fournette as the Buccaneers raced out to a 14-0 lead.
With the Bucs leading 14-3 in the third quarter, the team tried to take advantage as Fournette tried to throw to Brady even though Brady slipped and Fournette was intercepted by Tariq Woolen.
And when Chris Godwin caught a Brady pass for a four-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the score looked sealed at 21-3.
However, a late comeback from the Seahawks meant German fans went home with their fair share of excitement.
Tyler Lockett’s touchdown with just over eight minutes left cut the deficit, and Brady’s early interception of Cody Barton was used by Seattle as Marquise Goodwin caught a touchdown pass from Seattle running back Gen Smith to cut the deficit to just five with less than four minutes to play.
Smith finished the afternoon with 275 passing yards and two touchdown passes.
But just when they needed it, Tampa Bay made a time-killing drive to kill the game behind the running ability of Rachaad White — who ran for a career-high 105 yards — to secure the team’s fifth win of the season and second in a row .
The Bucs now head into their bye week atop the NFC South looking a lot more like the team that was projected to contend for a Super Bowl ring.
For the Seahawks, after a promising start to the season, they fell to 6-4, but return to the US West Coast with their heads held high after showing some late determination.