MIAMI, FL – Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounced back from last week’s embarrassing loss with a 46-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Brady threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns on 28 of 39 completed passes, and ran for another score as the Buccaneers (7-3), who bounced back from last week’s defeat to New Orleans.
Ronald Jones II ran for 192 yards, including a 98 yard scoring run, the longest in Tampa Bay history, while Chris Godwin had six catches for 92 yards in the win. Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate each caught a passes for a touchdown and Antonio Brown had seven catches for 69 yards for the Buccaneers, who had 30 first downs and out gained the Panthers 544 to 187.
Teddy Bridgewater was 18 of 24 for 136 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Carolina (3-7). He also ran for a score.
DETROIT LIONS WINS IT LATE
The Detroit Lions beat Washington on a buzzer-beating field goal to win at home for first time in 385 days and snapped a seven-game losing streak on its own turf. The final was 30-27 for Detroit.
Detroit blew a 24-3 lead after Washington tied the contest for a second time in the fourth quarter when Dustin Hopkins kicked a 41 yard field goal to level the score at 27-27 with 0:16 left to play.
However, Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal as time expired saved the day for the Lions in his 100th game with the franchise, as Detroit ended a two game skid.
Matthew Stafford was 24 of 33 for 276 yards and three touchdowns for Detroit (4-5).
Marvin Jones Jr. had eight catches for 96 yards and touchdown and D’Andre Swift tallied 68 yards with a touchdown from five catches and added another 81 yards on the ground for the Lions.
Washington quarterback Alex Smith, who was making his first NFL start in almost two years, passed for 390 yards on 38 of 55 in the defeat.
In the other early games, the Green Bay Packers secured a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to improve to 7-2. The Jaguars were handed their eighth consecutive loss. Aaron Rodgers threw for 325 yards with two touchdowns. Cleveland Browns beat Houston Texans 10-7, the New York Giants moved into second place in the NFC East after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17.