Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady overcame a first-half pick-six and a 17-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 38-31, giving him the fifth-largest comeback in his career.
It was also the Bucs’ second-largest comeback in franchise history, behind a 21-point comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.
“How can you not believe in him?” said wide receiver Scotty Miller, who finished with five catches for 83 receiving yards and a touchdown.
“He’s the greatest to ever do it. We just needed to go in there and follow his lead. We know he’s gonna get the job done, so we’ve just gotta do what we do and help him out a little bit.”
For the 43-year-old Brady, it was his biggest comeback since overcoming a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons — a setting that was a far cry from the select group of 6,383 fans and family members who got their first glimpse of Brady in person this season. He finished 30-of-46 for 369 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
“We put ourselves in a pretty good hole — and we were gonna have to dig our way out of it,” Brady said. “And that’s just the way football works sometimes.”