Brady threw 390 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to help the Buccaneers overcome a 17-0 half-time deficit, eventually winning 31-27.
After helping his team to its third fourth-quarter comeback victory of the season, Brady praised the “poise” of his teammates.
“The defence came up huge, made some big stops. Offensively, everyone made a bunch of different plays and it was a great win for our team and we’re going to have to keep building on it.”
The win improved Tampa Bay’s record to 9-5 this season with two games remaining. They need only one win in the next two weeks to clinch a playoff spot without any help from other results around the league.
Not so rosy
Paired with Brady, Bill Belichick built one of the great sporting dynasties in US sports history with the Patriots.
After he was drafted with the 199th pick in the 2000 draft, Brady and Belichick won six Super Bowls together.
And during their extended run of success, the Patriots set an NFL record of 11 consecutive years of playoff appearances.
However, with Brady choosing warmer climates following his move to Tampa Bay and former NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton now at quarterback, that run of success looks to be coming to an end.
On Sunday, facing an up-and-coming Miami Dolphins led by 2020 No. 5 pick Tua Tagovailoa, the Patriots were defeated 22-12, meaning they were officially eliminated from playoff contention.
It means that for the first time since 2008, fans will not be able to watch Belichick’s trademark scowl on the sideline as football continues into January in the post-season.