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Live updates: Tom Brady is making his debut with the Buccaneers

For the first time in his NFL career, quarterback Tom Brady has taken the field for a regular-season game in a uniform other than the New England Patriots.

Things started out well when Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a drive on their first possession, which ended with a Brady touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. But the game took a turn for the worse when Brady threw an interception over the middle on the Bucs’ third possession and it led to the Saints taking a 14-7 lead on the ensuing drive.

Then in the third quarter, Brady threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and a 24-7 Saints lead. Brady was trying to hit Justin Watson on the right side when Janoris Jenkins jumped the route, picked off the pass, and sprinted untouched 36 yards for the touchdown.

Here are updates from Brady’s first gameday with another team:

Halftime report

The Saints held a 17-7 lead at halftime. Brady and the Bucs got the ball back with 44 seconds left in the first half, but were unable to get anything going. An intentional grounding penalty and a missed connection on third-and-14 forced a punt, and the Saints kneeled to end the half.

Brady was 8 for 12 passing for 76 yards in the first half. He threw an interception in the second quarter that led to the Saints’ second touchdown on the ensuing possession.

The Bucs averaged 3.7 yards per play in the first half (the Saints were at 4.2) and held a slight edge in time of possession (15:08 – 14:52).

While Brady’s move to Tampa Bay was among the biggest offseason storylines in the NFL, the return of one of the players who helped make Brady so successful was another. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was lured out of retirement to join Brady in Tampa.

Gronkowski made his first appearance on the stat sheet with a two-yard reception in the second quarter.

On his first snap as a Buccaneer, Brady handed off to Ronald Jones for a 4-yard gain. He threw on his second play as Tampa Bay’s quarterback and picked up a first down on a pass interference call.

He then unloaded a long pass and connected with Chris Godwin for 29 yards, part of a methodical drive that led to the Buccaneers’ first score. Brady capped the drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead.

The nine-play, 57-yard drive took 4 minutes and 53 seconds.

Brady had 22 rushing touchdowns during his tenure with the Patriots.

Meanwhile in Foxborough

Brady’s replacement in New England, Cam Newton, rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 21-11 victory over the Dolphins in an early game on Sunday.

Newton’s 75 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback in a single game in Patriots team history, beating Matt Cassel’s 65 yards in a 2008 game.

Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans is active for Sunday’s game in New Orleans after missing practice with a hamstring injury during the past week, giving Brady another key option in a loaded Buccaneers offense.



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