Antonio Brown crisis can’t derail return as Bucs defeats Jets

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January 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) chats with tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) during the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady connected with Cyril Grayson for the winning touchdown with 15 seconds left on Sunday to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 28-24 victory over the New York Jets in East Rutherford, NJ

The comeback was almost overshadowed by Antonio Brown’s bizarre exit from the game.

Brown removed his shoulder pads, jersey and undershirt and left the game midway through the third quarter with his team holding the ball. According to a reporter from the Buccaneers sideline, coach Bruce Arians put the controversial receiver on the bench, which set him off, and Brown couldn’t be convinced to stay with the team on the sidelines. .

Shirtless, Brown stopped in the end zone in front of the action on the pitch and threw his jersey into the crowd before leaving.

Tampa Bay was down at the time, 24-10, and his teammates responded by scoring 18 unanswered points to win the game.

New York led 24-20 in the fourth quarter and chewed up more than five minutes on the clock, but rather than attempt a short field goal on the Bucs’ fourth and 2 at the 7-yard line, the Jets drew of the quarterback and Zach Wilson was stuffed down the line.

Brady executed the two-minute drill to perfection, despite no time-outs, tossing the 33-yard winner to Grayson. Former Jet Le’Veon Bell scored a two-point conversion for Tampa Bay (12-4) to extend the lead beyond a basket.

Brady finished 34-for-50 for 410 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Braxton Berrios scored two touchdowns for the Jets (4-12), whose surprise offer failed even though they only lagged into the game in the final 15 seconds. Wilson pitched for 234 yards and a touchdown.

In the Jets’ opening practice, Michael Carter’s 55-yard run gave way to a Berrios 1-yard touchdown run on a gimmick play, in which Carter took a straight snap and the gave Berrios on an end around.

The Bucs responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive culminating in a 4-yard pitch-and-catch from Brady to Evans, tying 7-7.

The Jets took a 14-7 lead with 13:43 left in the half when Berrios caught a pass in the right flat and dove to the pylon for a 9-yard touchdown.

After Tampa Bay reduced him to 14-10, Brady almost managed to score in the last minute of half-time, but rookie Brandin Echols knocked him out and brought him back to midfield with 16 seconds. to play. It helped set up a 51-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro who gave the Jets a 17-10 halftime advantage.

Ty Johnson hit the ball one yard for a 24-10 Jets lead midway through the third period.

Shortly after Brown left the game, Brady hit Cameron Brate for 4 yards to complete another 13-play, 75-yard run with a touchdown in the last minute of the third period.

Ryan Succop’s second field goal of the day, 27 yards, brought him down to 24-20 with about 7:39 remaining, paving the way for the Jets’ long run that ended at the Bucs 7-yard line.

And then Brady did his thing.

–Field level media

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