Buccaneers vs. Patriots live stream, TV channel: How to watch Tom Brady’s return to New England online, on Peacock


One of the most highly anticipated games of 2021 regular season is finally here. Tom Brady returns to New England on tonight’s edition of Sunday Night Football and the energy at Foxborough is already electric. The game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots airs live tonight on NBC and Peacock.

Tom Brady won six Super Bowls and became the winningest quarterback in NFL history during his tenure in New England with head coach Bill Belichick. Brady spent 20 seasons with the team, from 2000-2019, after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by New England. Together, Brady and Belichick appeared in 13 AFC Championship Games, won six Super Bowls and they hold the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback-head coach duo with 197 wins. In his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title. Tonight in Foxborough, Brady is in line to pass Drew Brees for the most passing yards in NFL history – he only needs 68 yards to do so. Per pre-game reports, the Patriots are planning a brief “pause” to the game if and when Brady becomes the league’s all-time passing yards leader.

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who played with Tom Brady in New England from 2010-2018, did not travel with the team as he was ruled out of Sunday’s game with fractured ribs. Per reports ahead of tonight’s game, Gronkowski has four cracked ribs and a punctured lung and could be out several weeks. Heading into Sunday, he leads all NFL tight ends with four touchdown receptions this season.

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Al Michaels will call tonight’s game alongside analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya and Sunday Night Football rules analyst Terry McAulay. Buccaneers vs. Patriots will mark the 44th time Al Michaels calls a game with the 44-year-old Brady as the starting quarterback.

Where to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots on TV

  • When: Sunday, October 3
  • Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America; 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff time
  • Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • TV channel: NBC
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How to live stream Buccaneers vs. Patriots online tonight

Read more on how to watch Sunday Night Football games all year via Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan. Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan.