By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says he is not one for amassing plenty of mementos documenting his many accomplishments throughout an unsurpassed 22-year profession. Becoming the primary participant to throw 600 profession landing passes is fairly particular, although.
So after Mike Evans bolted to the stands and handed the ball to a fan after scoring the historic landing, the star receiver returned to the sideline to be taught he wanted to barter a speedy return.
“It’s actually cool. I bought it within the bag over there. Mike gave it away and mentioned: ‘Man, I’m sorry.’ I mentioned, that is all proper, I’m certain they’ll work out a solution to get it again,” Brady mentioned after the defending Super Bowl champion routed the Chicago Bears 38-3.
“I don’t truly preserve too many issues. In that circumstance I felt like that is perhaps one to maintain. He’s going to get one thing good in return,” Brady added of the fan. “We’ll give him a helmet, a few jerseys or one thing. That was actually cool of him to do this.”
The Bucs (6-1) received their fourth straight game for one of the best seven-game begin in franchise historical past. They additionally avenged certainly one of their 5 2020 regular-season losses, with Brady finishing 20 of 36 passes for 211 yards and 4 TDs.
“I simply take into consideration all the fellows that shared it with me,” the 44-year-old seven-time NFL champion mentioned. “That’s the fact. There’s nothing about this sport that you simply do by your self. It’s the final word crew sport. It challenges you bodily, mentally, emotionally each week day-after-day at apply. … I’m simply grateful to have superb teammates, coaches.
“To be capable to do that for so long as I’ve is a extremely unimaginable blessing in my life.”
The Tampa Bay protection did its job, too, limiting the offensively challenged Bears (3-4) to Cairo Santos’ second-quarter subject purpose and sacking rookie Justin Fields 4 instances, forcing two fumbles. Dee Delaney had one of many Bucs’ three interceptions, a first-quarter decide that led to Brady’s 599th profession TD cross.
“Times like this, instances while you get beat, blown out, you’ve bought two decisions,” mentioned Fields. The Bears are the one crew averaging extra yards per game dashing than passing this season. “You can both say, that’s it, I’m going to cease working, I’m going to cease taking part in, or you possibly can go the opposite route and say I’m going to maintain working. I do know me, myself, regardless of what number of picks I throw, regardless of what number of Ls we take, I’m going to maintain going. That’s simply the actual fact.”
With Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski sidelined by accidents, Evans had an enormous day with six catches for 76 yards and three TDs, together with a 9-yarder that gave Brady No. 600 with 6 seconds remaining within the first quarter.
Evans additionally had scoring receptions of two and eight yards because the Bucs constructed the result in 35-3 at halftime. Chris Godwin had eight catches for 111 yards and a 5-yard reception arrange by Delaney’s interception. Rookie Jaelon Darden’s 43-yard punt return led to Leonard Fournette’s early 2-yard TD run.
Fields, in the meantime, fell to 2-3 as a starter. The first-round draft decide completed 22 of 32 for 184 yards and three interceptions. He additionally misplaced two fumbles and has now been sacked a league-leading 22 instances.
Chicago’s turnovers contributed to the Bucs scoring 4 of their 5 touchdowns on drives that began inside Bears territory.
“When Tom Brady and that offense begin contained in the 40 no matter it was, 4 or 5 – 6 instances, that’s quite a bit,” Bears coach Matt Nagy mentioned. “It’s benefit them, and so they’re going to make you pay for it.”
Brady improved to 7-1 towards Chicago, the lone setback a 20-19 loss in a game final October greatest remembered for ending with the seven-time Super Bowl champion dropping observe of downs with Tampa Bay attempting to maneuver into place to try a subject purpose.
The Bucs didn’t depart something to likelihood this time.
Safety Antoine Winfield Jr., again within the lineup after lacking two games with a concussion, sacked Fields on the second play of the game, forcing a fumble Chicago recovered. The Bears weren’t as lucky when Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul bought to the rookie, making a pair of first-half turnovers that added to the younger quarterback’s frustration.
Brady performed into the fourth quarter, leaving after turning Fields’ third interception right into a subject purpose that put the Bucs up 38-3. Backup Blaine Gabbert completed.
In addition to boosting his regular-season profession TD cross complete to 602, Brady has now thrown at the very least 20 TD passes in a season a document 19 instances. He’s adopted on the listing by Drew Brees (17), Peyton Manning (16), Philip Rivers (15) and Brett Favre (15), who’re all retired.
Rookie Khalil Herbert rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries for the Bears.
The Bears entered Sunday tied for first within the NFL with 21 sacks. The Khalil Mack-led cross rush was one of many keys to beating the Bucs final 12 months at Soldier Field. However, Chicago did not get to Brady in any respect. Tampa Bay has allowed 9 sacks by seven games.
The Bears did not announce any throughout the game, however performed the fourth quarter with out DE Bilal Nichols, ejected for throwing a punch late within the third quarter.
The Buccaneers performed with out Brown (ankle), Gronkowski (ribs), LB Lavonte David (ankle) and CB Richard Sherman (hamstring).
Bears: host San Francisco subsequent Sunday.
Buccaneers: go to New Orleans subsequent Sunday, starting a stretch of 4 of 5 games on the highway.
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