Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered Sunday night’s game against New Orleans Saints with a mission to confirm their stature as Super Bowl contenders this season. Instead, they suffered an embarrassing 38-3 defeat at home that now stands as the worst loss in quarterback Tom Brady’s storied NFL career.
Saints’ offense got hot early on and they were up by 14 in the first quarter, courtesy of Drew Brees’ touchdown passes to Tre’Quan Smith and Adam Trautman. Bucs, on the other hand, punted the ball three times and failed to get a single first down.
The second quarter proved to be much worse for Tampa Bay. They failed to stop Brees and New Orleans’ high octane attack while Bucs’ offense continued to work against themselves.
This included two interceptions thrown by Brady, one of which the Saints turned into a touchdown.
The second half saw a bit less action considering the game was already out of Bucs’ reach with the Saints having a 31-0 lead.
After a scoreless third period, which saw Brady threw one more interception, New Orleans added to their total with Brees’ TD pass to Josh Hill early in the quarter. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, managed to save themselves from a shutout thanks to Ryan Succop’s 48-yard field goal towards the end of regulation.
This beatdown marked the biggest margin of loss for Tom Brady since he entered the league in 2000. His previous biggest defeat came in 2003 when his New England Patriots were shut out 31-0 by Buffalo Bills.
“We just didn’t play the way we are capable of playing,” said Brady after the game. “Everybody has to get back to work, and that starts with me.”
With this loss, Tampa Bay conceded the control of the NFC South to the Saints. Buccaneers are now second with a 6-3 record, while New Orleans sits at the top at 6-2.