Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were handed the gift of new life in the middle of the fourth quarter on Sunday night and turned it into a Christmas miracle.
A poor pitch attempt from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley to Keaontay Ingram, led to a fumble recovery by Buccaneers defensive lineman William Gholston. The turnover resulted in a game-tying field goal from Tampa Bay kicker Ryan Succop.
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The Cardinals and Buccaneers would fail to score on their subsequent drives and the game would go into overtime.
Brady was able to lead the Buccaneers offense on a nine-play, 66-yard drive to set up Succop for the 40-yard game-winner. Brady had key passes to Russell and Mike Evans on the drive and the veteran kicker came in for the victory.
Tampa Bay escaped on the road with a 19-16 victory.
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The Buccaneers stayed in control of their own destiny for the NFC South title. A win against the Carolina Panthers next Sunday would give the team a division title and a playoff spot.
Brady’s struggles were apparent in the game. He was 32-for-48 with 281 passing yards and a late touchdown pass to Rachaad White…