On Thursday, September 9th, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Dallas Cowboys to open the 2021 NFL regular season. The Buccaneers beat the Cowboys 31-29 in a very competitive, intense first match-up.
Tampa Bay showed the NFL fans and analysts that following a Super Bowl winning season, they are ready to repeat as champions. Their starting quarterback Tom Brady threw for 379 yards while adding four touchdowns to his remarkable stat line. Brady did throw two interceptions in this game, but it did not matter in the end. The Cowboys were able to go up by one point with 1:24 remaining in the fourth quarter so, the chance to win the game for Dallas was there. For Tom though, that is more than enough time to get a win and he delivered.
Brady would lead his offense down the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ kicker, Ryan Succop, to make the game-winning field goal putting Tampa Bay up 31-29. Dallas had two seconds left on the clock to try to return a kickoff to win the game, but they couldn’t get the job done.
Now Tampa Bay has a great momentum push going into next week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at home. The Falcons will have a tough time covering the Buc’s terrific receiving core which features four Pro Bowlers in Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown. During last night’s performance, this wide receiver group made huge contributions to the win. Antonio Brown caught five passes for 121 yards with a touchdown and right behind him was Chris Godwin with nine receptions for 105 yards with a touchdown as well. Gronk was also outstanding in last night’s game with eight catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. The Brady and Gronk tag team duo has not gone anywhere. The spark is still there between them too. Tampa Bay’s running game was nowhere to be found, but it obviously did not matter against Dallas.
The Buccaneers look to dominate the Falcons next week at home improving their record to 2-0 to start the season.