Tom Brady, Buccaneers rally to beat Cardinals 19-16 in OT

Dec 25, 2022, 7:11 AM | Updated: Dec 28, 2022, 4:47 pm
Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop, right, kicks the game-winning field goal as Tampa Ba...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop, right, kicks the game-winning field goal as Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Jake Camarda (5) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop, right, kicks the game-winning field goal as Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Jake Camarda (5) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady greets Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) runs in for a touchdown as Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Logan Ryan defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop (5) celebrates his game-winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop, right, kicks the game-winning field goal as Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Jake Camarda (5) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady greets Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop (5) celebrates his game-winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates a defensive stop against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley (19) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka (9) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) watches from the sideline against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) runs in for a touchdown as Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Logan Ryan defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White (29) dives in for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Arizona Cardinals safety Jalen Thompson (34) breaks up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Greg Dortch (83) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis III during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks to the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              A fan dressed as the Grinch watches play during the first half of an NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) celebrates his fumble recovery against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop (3) kicks the game-winning field goal against the Arizona Cardinals as punter Jake Camarda holds during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt walks to his sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop (3) celebrates his game-winning field goal against the Arizona Cardinals with punter Jake Camarda (5) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There were times during the slog of a football game Sunday night when Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady looked frustrated. There were other times he looked angry. There were a few times he looked downright old.

But there were also six throws in overtime where Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady. And that’s all the Buccaneers needed.

Brady completed all six of his passes in overtime, helping the Bucs overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat the Arizona Cardinals 19-16 to keep a one-game lead in the NFC South.

“If we keep it close in the fourth quarter, we know we’ve got a shot,” Brady said. “I think we’re all comfortable in those situations.”

Ryan Succop hit the decisive 40-yard field goal with 3:41 left in overtime, capping a nine-play, 66-yard drive. Brady wasn’t great for much of the night, but came up big on the decisive drive, completing all six of his passes for 69 yards in a vintage display of precision in clutch moments.

It was Brady’s 57th winning drive.

“That’s just who he is,” Fournette said. “He’s been doing it for years. Guys like myself, Mike (Evans), Julio (Jones), Chris (Godwin), Rachaad (White), everybody, we’re just playing a part in his greatness. Give him what he wants. He wants certain routes run certain ways.

“We’re just here to try and make his job easier.”

The Cardinals got the ball to start overtime but eventually had to punt. Tampa Bay got the big gain it needed when Brady found Russell Gage Jr. for a 23-yard gain.

From there, the Bucs squeezed out a few more yards before Succop made his fourth field goal of the evening.

Arizona (4-11) has lost five straight games, while Tampa Bay snapped a two-game skid. The Bucs (7-8) stayed a game ahead of the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. Tampa Bay has a crucial home game against Carolina next weekend.

The 45-year-old Brady made his 331st career start at quarterback, while the Cardinals were down to Trace McSorley in his first start. The former Penn State standout had been the team’s third-string quarterback for much of the season, but made his starting debut after injuries to Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy.

James Conner broke loose for a 22-yard touchdown run with 10:47 left in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals a 16-6 advantage. But Brady and the Bucs responded with their first touchdown drive on the night, scoring when the quarterback hit Rachaad White on a 3-yard pass, cutting it to 16-13 with 8:03 left.

The Bucs caught a huge break on the ensuing drive when Cardinals rookie Keaontay Ingram fumbled a pitch from McSorley. Tampa Bay’s William Gholston jumped on the loose ball.

Tampa Bay capitalized nine plays later when Succop made a 42-yard field goal for his third field goal of the night, tying it at 16 and forcing overtime.

Brady was 32 of 48 for 281 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He’s thrown at least two interceptions in three straight games, which ties the longest streak of his career. Fournette ran for 72 yards and caught nine passes for 90 yards.

“It was a total effort today in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said. “Defense getting stops and the offense cashing in.”

Arizona’s McSorley was 24 of 45 for 217 yards and one interception.

“Our guys played hard, battled,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I thought the defense played their hearts out and gave us a chance. Just wanted to finish offensively.”

Neither team made it to the end zone in a first half that ended in a 6-6 tie. Cardinals kicker Matt Prater booted field goals from 56 and 53 yards. His second one — just before halftime — bounced off the left upright but still trickled past the crossbar for three points.

Brady was on the offensive early, throwing a deep pass down the right sideline to Julio Jones on the game’s opening play. The pass was incomplete but Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton was called for pass interference, resulting in a 30-yard gain.

But the 23-year veteran was off on several other deep balls. Brady was intercepted during a promising drive in the second quarter when the quarterback was hit on the arm as he tried to throw deep to Evans. The throw was well short and picked off by Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson Jr.

Wilson intercepted two of Brady’s passes.

INJURIES

Buccaneers: LT Josh Wells (knee) was carted off the field during the second quarter.

Cardinals: QB McCoy (concussion) and DE Zach Allen (hand) were among the team’s inactives. … DT Trysten Hill (knee) was carted off in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Host Carolina next Sunday.

Cardinals: At Atlanta next Sunday.

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