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The Seattle Seahawks scored 13 unanswered points as they threatened to overturn an 18-point deficit after touchdowns from Julio Jones, Leonard Fournette and Chris Godwin gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers control en route to a 21- 16 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Last update: 11/13/22 6:00 p.m.
Tom Brady says it was an electric atmosphere for the NFL’s first game in Germany, after his Bucs team beat the Seahawks 21-16
Tom Brady bolstered his sparkling list of career milestones by leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 21-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL’s first regular season game to be played in Germany.
The 45-year-old completed 22 of 29 passes for 258 yards and threw touchdown passes to Julio Jones and Chris Godwin as well as an interception, while Leonard Fournette scored to help Tampa improve to 5 -5 the year after the spectacular last-second win over the Los Angeles Rams the previous week.
In doing so, Brady also became the first NFL player to win a game in four different countries, having won in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and now Germany. He was also behind the first NFL touchdown pass in Germany, linking up with Jones to put the Bucs ahead in the first half.
The Allianz Arena played the stage for the first of at least four games held in Germany and alternated between Munich and Frankfurt until 2025, with the league receiving more than three million ticket requests for Sunday’s competition. Interest was matched by a raucous atmosphere at Bayern Munich’s home, where renditions of “Hey Baby” conjured up memories of NFL Europe days.
Brady reunites with Julio Jones rushing 31 yards for Munich’s first touchdown
Both teams had arrived with contrasting narratives from those projected when the game was announced: Geno Smith entered the quarterback-turned-MVP candidate at the helm of a thriving Seahawks team in the era post-Russell Wilson, while Brady found himself nursing a lame Bucs offense.
Seattle threatened to overturn an 18-point deficit when Smith threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to diver Marquise Goodwin at fourth-and-one to make it 21-16 with four minutes left.
Linebacker Cody Barton had set up the tense finish for the Bucs on the previous drive by inflicting Brady’s first interception in 400 attempts on a pass intended for Mike Evans.
Geno Smith fires a superb 19-yard strike off a well-marked Marquess Goodwin in the end zone
Moments earlier, Seattle had scored the first of 13 unanswered points in five minutes of the fourth quarter on Smith’s 21-yard touchdown strike against Tyler Lockett. The Seahawks subsequently fell short on the two-point conversion attempt.
Tampa went up 21-3 with 11 minutes left in the fourth when Brady threw a four-yard low touchdown pass to Godwin at the end of an 11-play drive spurred by a 29-yard burst from the rookie running back Rachaad White and Cade Otton’s Reception from 25 yards.
Seattle had squandered an opportunity to get back into the game on the previous possession as Smith lost a fumble on the Bucs’ 13-yard line.
That followed a bizarre play call from Tampa offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich as he led 14-3 in the third, with Fournette taking the straight slam on Seattle’s 22 before throwing in the direction of Brady, who slipped during his course on the sideline to invite the rookie quarterback. Tariq Woolen for an easy interception.
Buccaneers try to throw the ball to Brady on a fixed play, but it ends in disaster
|Seahawks 0-7 buccaneers||Tom Brady passes 31-yard TD to Julio Jones (extra point)|
|Seahawks 0-14 buccaneers||Leonard Fournette TD from one meter on the ground (extra point)|
|Seahawks 3-14 buccaneers||Jason Myers 55-yard field goal|
|Seahawks 3-21 buccaneers||Tom Brady passes TD from four yards to Chris Godwin (extra point)|
|Seahawks 9-21 buccaneers||Geno Smith passes 21-yard TD to Tyler Lockett (two-point conversion failed)|
|Seahawks 16-21 buccaneers||Geno Smith passes 19-yard TD to Marquise Goodwin (extra point)|
The Bucs broke the deadlock early in the second quarter when Jones recovered Brady’s pass on an underpass route before running away for a 31-yard touchdown to put Tampa in the lead after Ryan Succop’s first miss .
A quick three-and-out response paved the way for Tampa to extend their lead thanks to Fournette’s one-yard touchdown run at the end of an ensuing 13-play drive, in which Brady was connected with Godwin and Scotty Miller for respective gains of 19 and 22 yards.
Seattle threw twice more before the end of a first half that saw them manage just 57 total yards on offense as rookie running back Kenneth Walker was limited to eight yards on seven carries against a defense teeming by Todd Bowles.
The Seahawks’ first points came in the third quarter thanks to Jason Myers’ 55-yard field goal.
Bucs back White settled all late nerves with 12 and 18 yard runs to eat away time on the final drive after Godwin’s touchdown, capping his first career outing in triple digits as he finished with 105 rushing yards in 22 races.
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