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Tom Brady struggles in surprising loss to Washington Football Team

/ by Jake Levin
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Coming off a frustrating loss to the New Orleans Saints (in which he threw a crushing pick-six) and with a bye week under his belt, it was fair to expect Tom Brady to easily bounce back against a mediocre Washington Football Team Sunday.

All of a sudden, however, there could be some trouble in Tampa Bay.

Washington picked Brady off twice in the first half, mistakes neither he nor the rest of the Buccaneers could overcome in a 29-19 loss at FedEx Field, dropping Tampa to 6-3 in 2021.

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Here's Brady's final stat line for the afternoon:

23 for 34, 220 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 80.5 passer rating.

It was Brady's first loss against Washington since 2003, when the Patriots lost in D.C., 20-17, to drop to 2-2. Of course, they went on to win their next 21 games in a row, including Super Bowl XXXVIII in the process.

Here were Brady's top highlights:

After going three and out on its opening possession, Brady was picked off by William Jackson III on the second play of Tampa's second drive.

Washington could only muster a field goal after Brady's first pick, but Bobby McLain was up for the challenge for another pick of Brady.

Brady finally found the end zone on the second drive of the second half for the Buccaneers, when he dialed up tight end Cameron Brate for a 6-yard touchdown pass -- Brate's only catch of the game.

Brady connected with Mike Evans for the 21st time as a Buccaneer to get Tampa within four at 23-19, but that wound up being the last gasp for the Bucs on offense.

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Thanks to a loss by the Saints to the Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay remains atop the NFC South. But for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 2020 season, Brady and the Bucs have lost consecutive games. They'll take on a noted Brady nemesis in the New York Giants next Monday night at Raymond James Stadium.ย