TAMPA – Tom Brady edged out Aaron Rodgers in a rare showdown between the Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers erased a double-digit deficit to beat the Green Bay Packers 38-10 on Sunday.
It was the 43-year-old Tom Brady’s first major victory since joining the Bucs (4-2) after a historic 20-year stint with the New England Patriots, which included nine Super Bowl appearances and six championships.
He featured his favorite goal of his days with the Patriots, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski to go at halftime with a 28-10 lead.
It was Rob Gronkowski’s first touchdown since December 2018 and the 79th for the quarterback-tight end dumbbell, putting them fourth on the all-time list, tied with Dan Marino and Mark Clayton of the Miami Dolphins.
Tom Brady Buccaneers also threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tyler Johnson, and Ronald Jones had a pair of rushing touchdowns for Tampa Bay, which got an even more impressive performance from their defense.
Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions, Green Bay’s first turnovers so far this season, in a span of three passes during the second quarter to convert a Packers’ 10-0 lead to a 14-10 deficit.
Green Bay (4-1) never recovered.
Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 35 passes for 160 yards without a touchdown after completing 70.5 percent of his passes and recording 13 touchdown passes with no interceptions in Green Bay’s first four games.
Tom Brady finished with 17 completions on 27 attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Jones rushed for 113 yards, and Rob Gronkowski led the Bucs with five receptions for 78 yards, his best game since ending a year-long retirement to join Tom Brady at Tampa Bay.