Digital Content Editor
In many ways, Sunday’s showdown between the Buccaneers and Seahawks broke new ground. It was the first NFL game to be played in Germany and the first international showcase to feature two teams in first place in their division.
But the historic event had a familiar finish, a result recognizable to Americans and Europeans alike: a Tom Brady win.
Tampa Bay’s 21-16 victory over Seattle, its fifth of the season, was played in front of 69,811 attendees at Allianz Arena in Munich, home to Bayern Munich, the most successful and valuable franchise in German soccer. Presented with a different kind of football but a similar air of greatness in Brady, the fans in attendance were raucous and engaged, cheering, booing, celebrating and singing along to American staples such as “Seven Nation Army” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” It all made for a unique setting, one the 45-year-old, well-traveled Brady won’t soon forget.
“That was one of the great football experiences I’ve ever had,” Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, told reporters after the contest. “It says a lot for 23 years in the league and for a regular-season game. I think the fan turnout was incredible. It felt, like, very electric from the time we took the field. The end of the game, with them singing ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘Country Roads,’ that was pretty epic. So I think everyone who’s a part of that experience got to have something pretty amazing, (a) memory for the rest of their life. So thank you for hosting us, we appreciate it. Thank you.”
The fans in attendance have Brady and the Bucs to thank, too. The quarterback, who has not enjoyed his best statistical season by any stretch this year, was in vintage form Sunday. Brady completed 22 of 29 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns against Seattle, just his second game with at least two pass TDs this season and his first since Week 4.
Brady’s success against the Seahawks really should have come as no surprise. Forget Pitbull. TB12 is Mr. Worldwide. Brady is the first quarterback to not only start a game in three different countries outside of the United States, but the only one to win a game in three other nations (United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany). The future Hall of Famer is undefeated (4-0) in international games.
The most recognizable face in football just so happens to its most prolific on foreign soil, a recipe for success for quarterback, club and league.
“I hope the German fans got what they wanted,” Brady told NFL Network’s Sara Walsh. “Great win by our team, we needed it. We played against a good opponent. Our defense played great and glad we slugged it out and found a way to win.”
It wasn’t all pretty for Brady and the Bucs. The QB was on the receiving end of a shocking passing attempt in the third quarter, but he fell to the slick turf as Leonard Fournette‘s ill-advised toss approached him, allowing Seahawks star rookie Tariq Woolen to record an interception. Adding insult to injury, Brady was flagged for tripping Woolen following the pick, a comedy of errors during an otherwise awesome afternoon.
“I slipped!” Brady told Walsh of the unfortunate play. “I wouldn’t have caught it anyway, but I would’ve tried to tackle him, at least prevent him from getting the interception.”
Brady will return to Tampa Bay with his squad atop the NFC South at 5-5. The Bucs’ start to the 2022 season hasn’t been strong; as their record reflects, it’s been average at best. But with the bye upcoming and a win in pressure-packed environs in the bag, they can take solace in this: The Bucs went halfway around the world and found their form.
“It feels good, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Brady said to Walsh. “We’re just 5-5, so trying to figure it out, keep grinding and try to get better.”
What an atmosphere. Thank you Germany 🙏 pic.twitter.com/hPZFZjxu3e
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip) is active, while running back Joe Mixon (concussion) is inactive for today’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs
Here are the injuries and news we’re monitoring around the league on this Week 13 Sunday.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a knee injury and will not return against the Denver Broncos.
The full inactive reports for each Sunday game for Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (ankle) and safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) are both expected to play Sunday versus the Broncos, Rapoport reported.
After a 27-5 record in three years with Jackson State, Deion Sanders has agreed to become Colorado’s next head coach.
The Detroit Lions have activated rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams ahead of Sunday’s Week 13 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Los Angeles Rams have placed quarterback Matthew Stafford (neck) on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least the next four games.
NFL.com keeps you up to date with all of the latest league news from around the NFL. Visit NFL.com’s transaction hub for a daily breakdown.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady shared why he believes the team can turn it around with six games left in the season.
Packers OT David Bakhtiari underwent an emergency appendectomy and will miss the Packers’ Week 13 game against Chicago, the team announced.
Justin Fields is on track to return to the field this weekend. The Bears quarterback did not appear on Chicago’s Friday injury report, essentially clearing the way for him to start Sunday versus NFC North rival Green Bay.
You won’t want to miss a moment of the 2022 season!
NFL+ gives you the freedom to watch LIVE out-of-market preseason games, LIVE local and primetime regular season and postseason games on your phone or tablet, the best NFL programming on-demand, and MORE!
© 2022 NFL Enterprises LLC. NFL and the NFL shield design are registered trademarks of the National Football League.The team names, logos and uniform designs are registered trademarks of the teams indicated. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. NFL footage © NFL Productions LLC.
Tom Brady leads Buccaneers to victory in Munich: 'One of the great football experiences I've ever had' – NFL.com
Digital Content Editor