Brady tosses 5 TDs to lift Bucs past Chargers
Tom Brady passed for 369 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 38-31 win against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Five different receivers caught touchdowns for the Buccaneers (3-1), led by Mike Evans with seven catches for 122 yards.
Ronald Jones Jr. rushed for 111 yards on 20 carries to lead the Tampa Bay rushing attack, which lost two backup running backs to injury during the game.
Justin Herbert completed 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns for the Chargers (1-3). He was intercepted once.
Brady hit rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give Tampa Bay a 35-31 lead with 11:05 left.
Ryan Succop added a 26-yard field goal with 2:44 remaining before Carlton Davis sealed the win with an interception.
Brady led the Buccaneers back from a 17-point deficit after they gave up 24 unanswered points in the first half.
Tampa Bay scored on its first drive of the second half on a 28-yard touchdown reception by O.J. Howard to cut the lead to 24-21.
Following a missed field goal by Los Angeles, Brady hit Scott Miller for a 19-yard touchdown to give the Buccaneers a 28-24 lead.
Herbert answered back with a 72-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton and the Chargers moved back in front 31-28 with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Chargers scored 24 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead, but a costly turnover just before halftime allowed Tampa Bay to cut the deficit to 10 at the break on a 6-yard touchdown catch by Evans, who has a touchdown in five straight games, a franchise record.
Herbert threw first-half touchdown passes to rookies Tyron Johnson and Donald Parham Jr.
According to Elias, Parham and Johnson are the third teammates to score a touchdown on their first NFL receptions in the past 40 years.
The Chargers lost leading rusher Austin Ekeler to a hamstring injury late in the first quarter.
–Field Level Media