Buccaneers vs. Patriots score: Live NFL updates, coverage for Tom Brady’s return to New England tonight


Tom Brady was back in New England tonight as the Patriots hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this week’s edition of Sunday Night Football. One of the most highly anticipated 2021 regular season NFL game did not disappoint as the game came down to the wire for a 19-17 Buccaneers win. Keep reading for all the game details from a back-and-forth battle in New England.

Tom Brady was back in Foxborough for the first time since he left the team for the Buccaneers in 2020. Brady spent 20 seasons with the team after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The future Hall of Fame QB also became the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader in this game on a 28-yard completion to Mike Evans in the first quarter. He finished the game with 269 pass yards on the day and 80,560 regular season pass yards in his career.

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Head coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots fell to 1-2 after losing 13-28 to the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. The Patriots, led by rookie quarterback Mac Jones, are now 0-3 at home. The loss tonight also means that Brady has a 2021 win in Foxborough before the Patriots did.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots score

Final Score: Buccaneers 19, Patriots 17

4th quarter, 0:59: Nick Folk’s 56-yard field goal attempt clanged off the upright, giving Tom Brady and the Buccaneers the win against the Patriots. Brady now has wins against all 32 NFL teams, joining Drew Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

4th quarter, 2:02 (TB): Things are coming down to the wire in Foxborough as Tampa makes it into New England territory… But Brady to Antonio Brown is incomplete on two straight attempts and the Patriots hold the Bucs to a 48-yard field goal. Mac Jones will get the ball back with just under two minutes remaining.

4th quarter, 4:37 (NE): A big game for field goals and lead changes as Nick Folk’s 27-yarder is good to put the Patriots up 17-16 late in the 4th.

4th quarter, 8:01 (TB): Another Succop field goal, this one for 27 yards, gives Tampa the 16-14 lead.

3rd quarter, 15:00 (NE): Mac Jones and co. march down the field and the Patriots are back on top thanks to a Jonnu Smith one-yard TD.

3rd quarter, 3:35 (TB): Eight-yard TD run from Ronald Jones puts Tampa Bay on top and gives Bucs their first TD of the game.

2nd quarter, 0:18, (TB): Succop responsible for the only Tampa Bay points in the first half after kicking a 44-yard field goal to bring the Bucs within one.

2nd quarter, 8:35 (NE): Mac Jones connects with TE Hunter Henry for an 11-yard TD reception to give the Patriots the lead.

2nd quarter, 14:53: Succop missed a 36-yard attempt wide right and New England got the ball back down three in the second.

1st quarter, 4:53 (TB): Ryan Succop kicked a 29-yard field goal to put Tampa Bay on the board

1st quarter, 6:10: Brady becomes the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader with a 28-yard completion to Mike Evans.

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Buccaneers vs. Patriots updates, live coverage

Drew Brees, the former all-time passing yards leader, applauded Brady’s accomplishments in Foxborough.

Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader with this completion to Mike Evans

What time and TV channel is the Buccaneers vs. Patriots game on?

Coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots starts at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock, while the game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. Viewers can also stream the game live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth call tonight’s game alongside sideline reporter Michele Tafoya and Sunday Night Football rules analyst Terry McAulay.

RELATED: See the full 2021 NFL schedule including dates, times, TV channels for every game in all 18 weeks

More from the NBC Sports press release on Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

For the first time ever, all of NBC Sports’ NFL regular-season games, playoff games, Super Bowl LVI, and Football Night in America will stream live on Peacock this season. Peacock features a slate of sports talk content NFL fans can enjoy on the NBC Sports channel, which is free to stream. Shows include Brother from Another, as well as The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, PFT Live, PFT PM, Safety Blitz, The Peter King Podcast, and Chris Simms Unbuttoned.

Click here to see the full 2021 NFL Sunday Night Football schedule.


Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft WR Rankings: Zay Flowers, Jaxon Smith-Njigba top list


The 2023 NFL Draft is just around the corner, and across all positions, fans are eagerly tracking the names to know to see what prospects can bolster their team in the upcoming season. A top-quality pass-catcher is on the wish list for more than a few franchises, and ahead of the draft on April 27th, Chris Simms broke down his picks for the top five wide receivers in this year’s draft class, starting with Boston College’s Zay Flowers, who’s been rumored to be of interest for both the Saints and the Patriots. Stay tuned to the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast for the next month as Simms breaks down his rankings for every position group, and read on for the rest of his wide receiver rankings.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings

Tier One

1. Zay Flowers, Boston College

2. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

Tier Two

3. Quentin Johnston, TCU

4. Michael Wilson, Stanford

Tier Three

5. Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

Chris Simms Top 5 2023 NFL Draft Wide Receivers

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Simms Breaks Down 2023 Draft WR Rankings

The following are highlights from Simms’ WR draft rankings. For Simms’ in-depth analysis, read below for a breakdown on each prospect and be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

No. 1 Zay Flowers (Boston College)

What Simms Said: “The position versatility – he can play inside or outside. Some of the best releases in the draft are from Zay Flowers. He is pedal to the metal every play, every cut, everything he does. The build, the style of running…I think he looks like Antonio Brown. He is an unbelievable route runner, along with the explosive athlete. You’re really getting a three-in-one here with speed burner on the outside, speed burner on the inside, and slot receiver inside. I wrote Jaylen Waddle, that’s a guy he reminds me of…(He) plays bigger than his measurables say. To me, he’s a top-20 pick.”

No. 2 Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

What Simms Said: “The speed is not blazing…but what’s off the charts good is the guy’s quickness and route running. His ability to come off the ball and be going 70% and almost jump in the air at the six-yard mark…it’s like Allen Iverson with an unbelievable crossover dribble. He’s got this unbelievable ability to change direction and then accelerate in a hurry. His ability after the catch…the first guy never tackles him…He reminds me of Jarvis Landry, to a greater version. This guy is about as high level of a route runner as you’re going to see in college.”

No. 3 Quentin Johnson, TCU

What Simms Said: “Tee Higgins-ish with more explosive ability than Higgins had coming out. He can catch the six-yard shallow cross and run 80 yards for a touchdown. His ability to jump – it’s a 40.5 inch vertical – plus he’s 6’3” and his arms look like they’re ridiculously long. He’s Drake London-ish from last year, except he doesn’t have the route running but has more of the straight speed…He’s one of the most physically impressive wide receivers in recent memory. You don’t see a lot of the route variety…but he shows the ability to change direction with the ball in his hands. He has better feet, quickness, and suddenness than most people with his size.”

No. 4 Michael Wilson, Stanford

What Simms Said: “This is where we’re going to go a little unconventional…But if you watch the film, you go, ‘There’s no doubt this is one of the best three or four receivers in this draft.’ There’s nothing he doesn’t do that’s top-notch…He ran a 4.58 at the Combine in the 40, (but) he plays way faster than that…The physical specimen is real, let alone the refined things you like to see in a receiver are real too. He can be another guy who could be inside or outside because he’s got the pure size and strength and speed to beat you outside but has the route running and it looks like the smarts to be that slot guy that catches your eye as well.”

No. 5 Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee 

What Simms Said: “If you like speed, then you like Jaylin Hyatt…This is a track start, straight-liner, DeSean Jackson-, Will Fuller-ish type of receiver. So, there’s going to be things about him that you love, there’s going to be some things about him that I’m not crazy about. He’s not a great route runner…I truly question whether he can do it, unlike the other guys where I try to piece things together. You can watch a bunch of catches and he never makes anybody miss, that’s not his game…If there’s a seam straight away, watch out…If he gets a free release or gets off the line of scrimmage the right way and you have a safety that doesn’t get back instantly, see ya. It’s going to be a 60-yard post for a touchdown. That’s where he’s special.”

For more preview content of the 2023 NFL Draft, stay tuned to Chris Simms UnbuttonedProFootballTalk and NBC Sports EDGE for all the latest updates, player analysis and mock drafts.

Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings: The top QBs, WRs, RBs, and more ahead of draft weekend


The 2023 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Click here for the full first-round draft order to find out when your team is picking.

Ahead of this year’s draft, Chris Simms has already started analyzing the top prospects by position on the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast. So far, Simms has revealed his highly anticipated list of the top 5 quarterback prospects and wide receivers. See below to find out who made the top 5 names for each position and be sure to check back for updates!

Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL Draft as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:

Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft QB Rankings:

  1. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
  2. Bryce Young, Alabama
  3. Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
  4. Anthony Richardson, Florida
  5. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA and Will Levis, Kentucky

Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft WR Rankings:

  1. Zay Flowers, Boston College
  2. Jaxon Smith-Njibga, Ohio State
  3. Quentin Jonston, TCU
  4. Michael Wilson, Stanford
  5. Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

How can I watch the 2023 NFL Draft live?

ESPN, ABC, and NFL Network will air all seven rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft.

What time does the NFL Draft start?

The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft will get underway on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. Rounds two and three will commence Friday at 7 p.m. ET, with Saturday’s final rounds at 12 p.m.

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