Tom Brady Struggles in Debut with Buccaneers, Falls to Saints

Tom Brady with Patriots in 2018. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady suited up for the first time on Sunday for a team that isn’t the New England Patriots, with whom he won a record six Super Bowls.

Brady left Foxborough this offseason to join the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, who on paper look to have one of the most potent arsenals of offensive weapons that Brady has ever had.

But what’s on paper doesn’t always translate to the field, especially when the team is undisciplined and plays sloppy football. That’s what Brady’s Bucs debut looked like, sloppy football from everyone, Brady included.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback threw two interceptions, one that was returned by New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins for a touchdown.

Sunday marked only the second time in NFL history that two quarterbacks over the age of 40 went up against each other.

It happened once before in December 2005, when 43-year-old Doug Flutie of the Patriots came in from the bench to play against 42-year-old Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

In Sunday’s matchup, it was the best against the best. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and Tom Brady, who are No. 1 and No. 2 all-time, respectively, in just about every stat line that matters.

Brees and his high-powered offense got the best of Buccanneers, spoiling Brady’s big debut with a 34-23 Saints win.