The Patriots nearly spoiled Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro on Sunday Night Football, figuratively with the whole country watching. But, the Buccaneers were able to hang on, and beat New England.

It wasn’t a great start for the Patriots. A pair of punts from New England opened the night, leading to a Tampa Bay field goal before Mac Jones was intercepted by Anton Winfield.

The Pats would get their first share of luck, with a missed field goal from Tampa before Jones found Hunter Henry in the end-zone for an 11-yard touchdown after a successful play-action play, that even fooled the cameraman to take the lead. To close out the half, the Bucs picked up a 44-yard field goal.

Tampa would open the second half with a three-and-out, but they’d get the ball right back as J.J. Taylor fumbled. Both teams would see three-and-outs after that.

The Bucs would regain the lead, with an eight-play drive that resulted in a rushing touchdown from Ronald Jones. It was the passing game that helped the Pats get into the end-zone next, as Jones found Smith for a one-yard touchdown pass after an array of completed passes, which put the Pats back on top, 14-13.

A trio of field goals was hit, two from the Bucs, setting up a game-winning drive for New England. New England failed to convert on third-and-3, setting up a 56-yarder for Nick Folk. The kick looked good, but it doinked hard off the left post, giving Tampa the 19-17 win.


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