Brady, Fournette lead Bucs over Panthers 31-17

Tom Brady were given his first win with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for 217 yards, one landing and an interception in a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers

TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady were given his first win with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, throwing for 217 yards, one landing and an interception in a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

With some other fresh acquisition, Leonard Fournette, dashing for 103 yards and two TDs, Brady rebounded from a less-than-stellar debut for his new crew to steer clear of beginning a season with consecutive losses for the primary time in a 21-year occupation.

The six-time Tremendous Bowl champion additionally bounced again in Week 2 after losing openers with the New England Patriots in 2003, 2014 and 2017.

Brady tossed a 23-yard TD go to Mike Evans within the first quarter. Fournette scored on runs of one and 46 yards, the latter coming after Carolina rallied from a 21-Zero halftime deficit to drag inside of 24-17 on a couple of TD runs by means of Christian McCaffrey and Joey Slye’s 23-yard box purpose with 1:57 closing.

Brady finished 23 of 35 passes, and Evans completed with seven receptions for 104 yards. Fournette averaged eight.6 yards in line with elevate on 12 dashing makes an attempt.

Teddy Bridgewater used to be 33 of 42 for 367 yards and two interceptions for the Panthers (Zero-2), who had 4 turnovers.

McCaffrey, who spent lots of the fourth quarter at the sideline with an obvious ankle harm, scored on runs of one and seven yards and completed with 58 yards dashing and 29 receiving on 4 catches.

DJ Moore had 8 catches for 120 yards and Robby Anderson had 9 receptions for 109 yards for Carolina. Brady threw for 239 yards and two TDs all the way through the former week’s 34-23 season-opening loss at New Orleans. He additionally harm the Bucs with a couple of interceptions, together with one who used to be returned for a landing and drew grievance from trainer Bruce Arians.

The protection set the tone for Sunday’s victory, forcing two turnovers inside of a three-play span of the primary quarter after now not having any takeaways all the way through the season opener.

Jordan Whitehead’s interception preceded a 10-play, 78-yard landing pressure Brady fueled with a 50-yard of completion to Evans and that Carolina prolonged with a private foul that gave the Bucs a primary down on the Panthers 7.

Ronald Jones ran it in at the subsequent play for a 7-Zero lead Brady briefly constructed to 2 touchdowns after rookie protection Antoine Winfield Jr. sacked Bridgewater and Jason Pierre-Paul recovered to arrange the 43-year-old quarterback’s 23-yard TD go to Evans at the subsequent play.

Fournette’s 1-yard scoring run, the 5th dashing TD Carolina has allowed in two video games, larger the result in 21-Zero.

Brady’s 3rd interception of the season, and cornerback Donte Jackson’s 44-yard go back into Buccaneers territory sparked Carolina’s comeback.

McCaffrey scored his 2d TD with 13:25 closing within the fourth quarter.

INJURIES

Panthers: McCaffrey limped off the sector following his 2d landing and remained at the sideline once you have his proper ankle taped.

Buccaneers: WR Chris Godwin ignored the sport after spending a part of remaining week within the concussion protocol. He used to be restricted in follow Friday ahead of being downgraded from unsure to out.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Stay on highway in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Buccaneers: Shuttle to Denver to stand the Broncos subsequent Sunday.

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