Tom Brady engineers overtime victory after Bucs capitalize on Cardinals gift
Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers received the gift of new life in middle of fourth quarter and made it into a Christmas miracle.
A poor pitch attempt by Arizona Cardinals QB Trace McSorley was made to KeaontayIngram. This resulted in a fumble recovery from William Gholston, a Buccaneers defensive end. The turnover led to a game-tying field goal by Tampa Bay kicker Ryan Succop.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates a defensive stop against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz.
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The Cardinals and Buccaneers would fail to score on their subsequent drives and the game would go into overtime.
Brady was able to lead the Buccaneers offense on a nine-play, 66-yard drive to set up Succop for the 40-yard game-winner. Brady made key passes to Mike Evans and Russell on the drive, and the veteran kicker came in for victory.
Tampa Bay escaped on the road with a 19-16 victory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz.
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The Buccaneers stayed in control of their own destiny for the NFC South title. A win against Carolina Panthers next Sunday would secure the team a division title as well as a playoff spot.
Brady was clearly struggling in the game. He was 32-for-48 with 281 passing yards and a late touchdown pass to Rachaad White to keep Tampa Bay on Arizona’s tail. He also intercepted Marco Wilson, Cardinals cornerback, with two more.
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after a turnover on downs during the 1st quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona.
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Leonard Fournette churned out another solid game for the Bucs. He had 72 rushing yards on 20 carries and nine catches for 90 yards. Gage finished with five catches for 65 yards and Evans had three catches for 29 yards.
McSorley made his first career start. He finished 24-for-45 with 217 passing yards and an interception. James Conner had a key touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with 79 yards on the ground on 15 carries.
Greg Dortch broke out for Arizona with 10 catches for 98 yards.
Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) celebrates his touchdown with offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz.
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The Bucs currently sit as the No. The playoffs are currently at the 4 seed. If the playoffs started next week, they would host the Dallas Cowboys.
Ryan Gaydos is Fox News Digital’s sports editor.
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