An insane Tom Brady statistic came to an end in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Buccaneers held a 17-10 lead with just over two minutes remaining against Jacoby Brissett and the Browns when they punted the ball away. Facing a 4th-and-10 situation at the Tampa Bay 12-yard line, Brissett found tight end David Njoku in the end zone for a ridiculous one-handed catch.
Cade York made the extra point for the Browns, and a last-second Brady heave to the end zone fell incomplete which sent the game into overtime. The first three overtime possessions culminated in punts, but the Browns finally put it away on a six-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a three-yard Nick Chubb rushing touchdown.
According to the NFL on CBS Twitter account, this marked the first loss of Brady’s career, including the playoffs, in which his team led by seven or more points in the final two minutes of regulation. Previously, Brady-led teams were 218-0 when they held such a lead.
The loss dropped the Buccaneers to 5-6 on the season. Tampa only lost five games in their Super Bowl 55 championship season, and they finished with a 13-4 regular season record a year ago. But with six games to go, they’ve already suffered more losses than wins.
Tampa Bay jumped out to a perfect 2-0 start with road wins against the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys, but they have dropped six of their last nine games ever since. Four of those losses have come against teams that are several games below .500: The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Cleveland.
Fortunately for the Bucs, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints also lost on Sunday, so Brady and company still lead the NFC South. They’ll look to get back on track with a Monday night home game against New Orleans next week.