By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and 5 touchdowns, serving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prolong their profitable streak to a franchise-record 10 consecutive games with a 48-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Brady improved to 9-0 lifetime in opposition to the Falcons (0-2), who’ve misplaced seven in a row going again to final season, with three of these setbacks coming in opposition to the Bucs (2-0), who’ve outscored their NFC South rivals 124-62 over the previous 10 quarters of these outings.
Rob Gronkowski caught a pair of TD passes for the third straight game, together with the Super Bowl, as he and Brady continued to climb the profession checklist for regular-season TDs by a passing duo with 88 — one behind Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates for second place behind Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (112).
Mike Evans additionally scored on receptions of three and 1 yards, the latter arrange by Shaquil Barrett’s third-quarter interception of Matt Ryan, who fell to 0-6 in opposition to groups led by Brady, who rallied New England from a 28-3 deficit to beat Atlanta in Super Bowl 51.
Ryan, who tossed TD passes to Calvin Ridley and Cordarrelle Patterson earlier than operating for a 2-point conversion to trim an 18-point deficit to 28-25 late within the third, threw a pair of interceptions that Mike Edwards returned for fourth-quarter TDs that broke the game open.
Since trailing the Falcons 17-0 at halftime of their Week 15 meeting in Atlanta final December, Brady has thrown for 11 touchdowns vs. one interception in guiding the Bucs to 3 victories in a collection that’s seen Tampa Bay win 4 of the previous 5 conferences.
Gronkowski, who spent 9 seasons with Brady in New England earlier than popping out of retirement to rejoin his long-time teammate with the Bucs final 12 months, scored on receptions of 20 and 1 yard within the first half.
Brady’s fifth TD move — a 12-yarder to Chris Godwin with simply over 9 minutes remaining, put the Bucs over 30 factors for a ninth straight game. Edwards scored on interception returns of 31 and 15 yards to complete the rout.
Brady accomplished 24 of 38 passes with out an interception. He was sacked 3 times, dropping a fumble on certainly one of them.
Ryan completed 35 of 46 for 300 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was inducted into the group’s Ring of Honor throughout a halftime ceremony.
Kiffin, credited with being architect of the Tampa 2 scheme, led the Tampa Bay protection for 13 seasons from 1996 to 2008. He joins 4 defensive stars from the 2002 Bucs, who gained the Super Bowl — Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Ronde Barber — as members of the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.
Jon Gruden, Mike Alstott, Lee Roy Selmon, Jimmie Giles, John McKay, Doug Williams, Malcolm Glazer, Paul Gruber and Tony Dungy, who employed Kiffin in 1996, are additionally within the Ring of Honor.
Falcons: WR Russell Gage (ankle) left within the second quarter however returned within the second half. … CB A.J. Terrell (concussion) left within the second half and didn’t return.
Buccaneers: CB Carlton Davis III performed after being listed as questionable with a sore hamstring. … WR/KR Jaydon Mickens left with a hip damage within the second half.
Falcons: Will attempt to break a seven-game skid on the New York Giants subsequent Sunday.
Buccaneers: Travel to the West Coast to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday within the first of two straight highway games. Brady returns to New England to face the Patriots for first time the next week.
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