Buccaneers Save Season on Miraculous Final Drive

There goes Tom Brady, the greatest of all time. For one indelible drive, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their quarterback captured a modicum of their former glory. With 44 seconds left and no timeouts, Brady calmly and methodically led the Bucs down the field 60 yards for a game-stealing touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams, snatching a 16-13 win with only nine seconds remaining in regulation. The fourth-quarter touchdown drive was the 69th game-winning drive of Brady's career. The mark is especially astonishing because Brady has only lost 90 total games in the regular season and the playoffs. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are tied for the second most game-winning drives of all time with 56; Brees lost 123 total games over his career, and Manning lost 92.

The 69th game-winning drive wasn't the only milestone Brady reached. The future Hall of Famer also passed 100 000 combined passing yards in regular season and postseason play.

Now 4-5 and with the lead in their division, the Buccaneers can breathe a little easier, but key issues clearly remain. They still struggled to score points, failing to cross 20 for the fifth time this year. The run game was still disastrous, totalling 51 yards on 20 attempts. Receivers dropped plenty of key passes, at least six on the night. If the Bucs intend to contend this year, they'll need to be better than they showed against the Rams.

Tonight's win was certainly exhilarating and potentially reinvigorating for the Bucs' frustrating season, but they can't celebrate for long. The Bucs travel to Germany to face the 6-3 Seattle Seahawks in Week 10. Should they lose, the memory of tonight's spectacular comeback could quickly fade into obscurity. For now, Bucs fans can enjoy a delirious high Brady has made a shockingly regular occurrence in his amazing NFL career.

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