40 over 40: Tom Brady didn't miss a beat in first season away from New England
Tom Brady had his best season, touchdown-wise in 2007 leading the undefeated Patriots with 50 touchdowns to set the NFL record at the time.
His second best is now this year.
Brady threw for four touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 44-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Bringing his season total to 40, which marks the 43-year old Brady’s second-best touchdown total of his career.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 3, 2021
So, to translate, in his other 18 seasons as an NFL starting quarterback Brady had thrown more than 39 touchdowns just one time, until today.
The touchdown barrage by Brady started when he tossed up a 50/50 ball into the end zone for Chris Godwin during the opening drive against the Falcons. After connecting with Antonio Brown for a second TD, a 25-yard score giving Tampa a 17-7 lead, Brady converted No. 3 on the day by hitting Godwin again for a 4-yard score to give the Bucs a 10-point lead.
After a Falcons turnover, Brady drove Tampa 38 yards on three plays in just 19 seconds and connected with Brown for a 30-yard catch-and-run, putting the Bucs up 44-27, securing the fifth seed in the NFC Playoffs.