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.

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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.