A really close game, with a game-winning drive by TB12 to cap off the biggest comeback of the season for the Bucs, leaving Tampa Bay still in the race for the first seed in the NFC after beating the Jets on the road 28-24.
Before we get into the actual game, let’s discuss the biggest event of the afternoon.
Antonio Brown took off his uniform and equipment in the middle of the third quarter and left Sunday afternoon’s game. He ran off the field and never returned.
If you ask anyone who doesn’t view a person’s talent on the football field as a judgement of character, you saw something like this coming.
He’s got the sexual assault case that was settled in 2021. He had the weird falling out with both the Steelers and Raiders, plus of course the fake vaccine card.
After today’s win against New York, Bruce Arians simply said that Brown is “no longer a Buc.” I guess all of Brown’s other transgressions were OK, but running off the field in the middle of a game is where the Bucs draw the line. Good to know.
Now to the game. The Jets are one of the worst teams in football, especially offensively, and yet the Bucs allowed rookie QB Zach Wilson to pick them apart for 234 yards and a TD with no interceptions. Wilson is a guy who threw four interceptions against the Patriots this season.
BA addresses the status of Antonio Brown: pic.twitter.com/gC7D8Csin2— xz - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 2, 2022
I get that Bucs linebacker Lavonte David is out, and this defense isn’t known for being elite against the pass, but my goodness, to not force a rookie to commit any turnovers as a defending Super Bowl champ? Atrocious.
Brady looked so in control on that last possession, and the Jets looked like, well, the Jets. Brady’s been tormenting that team his whole career, and he was able to continue that tradition Sunday afternoon.
But despite the Bucs winning the game in miraculous fashion, that will not be the story or the thing that everyone remembers. Brown walking off the field is what will be remembered, and that dark cloud will likely follow this team for a while, something a team trying to win another Super Bowl does not need.
So… yeah. The Bucs are now in full-on implosion mode, with guys getting injured, guys quitting in the middle of games, and any chance of repeating as Super Bowl champs dwindling. Don’t let the Bucs sneaking out of New York with a win against a now 4-12 Jets team fool you. This might have been a win, but bigger picture, it was really a loss.
Couldn’t have happened to a more upstanding organization.
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