Tom Brady bests Bill Belichick as Buccaneers beat Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – If they came to see vintage Tom Brady, that’s not what the much-anticipated return to Gillette Stadium turned out to be.

Except at the end.

Brady, dogged by misfires and unfinished drives throughout the game, showed the old faithful that for good measure he can still lead his team to a game-winning drive in crunchtime.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers survived a major scare – and Brady a major embarrassment – by pulling out a 19-17 victory against the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

“Pretty surreal,” Brady said in his postgame interview on NBC of the experience. “It’s an amazing organization they have and so many great guys that have been friends for a long. What a great game. They have a really good football team and made us earn it. We didn’t do much in the red (zone). Our guys really fought it out.”

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