The Bucs trailed by 17 points near the end of the first half, and it appeared Brady was going to be outgunned by Chargers rookie Justin Herbert. Instead, a late interception by Herbert helped the Buccaneers (3-1) seal a win.
Brady completed 30 of 46 attempts for 369 yards with the five scores and an early pick six.
Chargers fumble leads to Brady-led comeback
The tides turned with time winding down in the first half. Rather than take a knee before heading into the locker room, the Chargers (1-3) ran it but lost the ball on a fumble. Brady answered by hitting Mike Evans for a 6-yard touchdown to go into the locker room down, 24-14.
He threw two more out of the half before the Chargers answered. When Los Angeles retook the lead late in the third quarter, Brady threw his final score of the day to close out a 90-yard drive. Ke’Shawn Vaughn caught the 9-yard toss to make it 35-31.
Brady broke his own record with another day of at least three touchdowns.
43-year-old Tom Brady has set the all-time NFL record as the oldest player to have 3+ pass TD in back-to-back games.
He breaks the record previously held by ... Tom Brady, who had also done so at age 41 in Weeks 4-5, 2018 🐐
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 4, 2020
Brady’s day begins with another pick six
Brady got out to a rough start and threw his second pick six of the season in the first quarter. Michael Davis, who was 5 years old when Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots, jumped the route and returned it 78 yards to put Los Angeles up 14-7.
It started 24 consecutive points for the Chargers. They could have gone into the half with a 24-7 lead, but a fumble inside the 10-yard line led to Evans’ TD.
Herbert vs. Brady significant QB age gap
The meeting between quarterbacks was a significant showcase in young versus old. It’s the first time since at least 1950 there was a gap of at least 20 years between starting quarterbacks.
Tom Brady and Justin Herbert have the largest age gap between starters since 1950 (20 Years, 219 Days apart).
Here are some things as old as their 20 year gap 😬 pic.twitter.com/4uzS9Z1UAt
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) October 4, 2020
Herbert is 22 years and 209 days old while Brady is 43 years, 63 days. The difference is 20 years, 219 days.
Herbert was 20-of-25 for 290 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
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