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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady turned the N.F.L.’s career passing chief on Sunday in his to start with recreation back in New England to facial area his previous team, the Patriots.
In the first quarter, Brady done a 28-garden go to receiver Mike Evans to arrive at 80,359 yards and surpass the file of 80,358 yards set final 12 months by Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback who retired at the end of the time.
The Patriots flashed the history on the stadium movie display and introduced it to the group, which cheered, but they did not stop the sport for a ceremony.
Heading into the match, Brady essential just 68 yards to pass Brees. Brady will most likely hold onto the report for many several years. Amid energetic gamers, Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers has the second-most career yards, but he trails Brady by about 20,000 yards.
Brady’s file-environment throw was just a person of many highlights in just one of the most anticipated common period video games in several years, as the Buccaneers sought to improve on their 2-1 history and the Patriots, at 1-2, struggled to get a foothold in their next time devoid of Brady as their chief.
Considerably of the drama ahead of the recreation targeted on the showdown between Brady and Patriots Mentor Monthly bill Belichick, and who was accountable for Brady’s departure right after two a long time, 249 wins and six Tremendous Bowl championships alongside one another.
One particular supporter acquired a billboard not considerably from the stadium that all but blamed Belichick for Brady’s decision to go to Tampa. Followers tailgating right before the activity at Gillette Stadium did not begrudge Brady for leaving.
“I’m grateful for everything Tom did, but that’s in the past,” stated Randy Greeley, a longtime season ticket holder who wore the jersey of Mac Jones, the team’s new quarterback. “My loyalty is to the Pats.”
When the Buccaneers took the industry to heat up about 50 minutes just before kickoff, enthusiasts gave Brady a standing ovation and chanted his title. Just before the video game, the Patriots played a short online video tribute on the stadium scoreboard that showed Brady’s exploits in New England. But when Brady took the discipline for Tampa’s opening drive, he was booed.
Brady has been restrained about his romance with Belichick and his explanations for moving to Tampa. But his father and coach, interviewed independently, were more blunt, professing that Belichick did not price Brady’s input and felt, at 44, that his very best times were more than.
When he was in New England, Brady had explained he required to engage in right until he was 45. Tampa gave him a two-year contract. Having led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title last year, and currently off to a fast begin this 12 months, Brady has mused about possibly taking part in right until he is 50.
Neighborhood television stations and nationwide networks like NBC’s “Today” display broadcast from the stadium parking lot days before the game, though one particular web page stated the prime 10 sporting activities homecomings in Boston location heritage prior to Brady’s return.
Brady’s admirers greeted the quarterback at the airport in Providence, R.I., when the Buccaneers’ team aircraft arrived on Saturday. The team now incorporates cornerback Richard Sherman, the absolutely free agent previous 49ers corner whom Brady recruited to the Buccaneers inspite of getting mired in lawful problems stemming from an arrest this summer and five misdemeanor charges, together with two for domestic violence. The Buccaneers were being without having tight end Rob Gronkowski, one more previous Patriots participant, who has a rib personal injury.