Wow. What a game.
The Bucs survived their first barnburner of the 2020 season with a 38-31 win over the Chargers. Both teams made incredible plays to give their respective squads a shot, but it was Tampa Bay that made it count the most toward the end of the game.
So, enough of me blabbering. Let’s get to the best plays from this Week Four matchup.
Cameron Brate gets it going with his first touchdown —and reception— of the season
The Bucs’ veteran tight end capped off a wonderful opening drive that spanned 10 plays, 75 yards, and took 5:00 off the clock.
Tom Brady finishes off his first drive of the day with a touchdown to Cameron Brate! It’s no Gronk Spike, but that will do pic.twitter.com/gapm3eQ9rj— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) October 4, 2020
Tyron Johnson gashes the Bucs for a 53-yard receiving touchdown
Johnson just splits Antoine Winfield Jr. and Jordan Whitehead and roasts the Bucs for the big touchdown to tie the game, 7-7.
Michael Davis takes a Brady pass 78 yards to the house
Michael Davis intercepts the ball and runs it back for a touchdown for the Chargers!! pic.twitter.com/0MudRC3mlZ— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) October 4, 2020
Chargers’ tight end Donald Parham makes nabs his first career receiving touchdown against the Bucs
Sean Murphy-Bunting really had no chance on this play. Parnham is 6-foot-8 compared to SMB’s 72-inch stature.
The Bucs cut the Chargers’ lead to 10 points
Brady finds Mike Evans for their fifth touchdown of the year to cut Los Angeles’ lead to 24-14 right before halftime.
O.J. Howard hauls in a 28-yarder to cut the Chargers’ lead to one score
This was not only a beautiful play design, but a beautiful throw to Howard for the 28-yard touchdown.
DIME ALERT FROM TOM BRADY. What a great over the top throw for the 30-yard touchdown from Brady to OJ Howard.— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) October 4, 2020
Bucs cut the deficit to just 3. They’ve scored 14 unanswered after being down 24-7.#Bucs | #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/MsbiEmAfIk
Brady finds Miller for another deep pass to put the Bucs inside the red zone
This came on the subsequent play after a missed Chargers field goal that would’ve put them up, 27-21. It’s a good throw from Brady and even better catch by Miller to move the Bucs to the LA19.
Miller scores on the very next play to put the Bucs up, 28-24
What a play call. I definitely thought the Bucs would run this just based off their tendencies. But they don’t and Brady finds Miller for the go-ahead score.
BUCS TOUCHDOWN ALERT. Tom Brady leads the Bucs to a 17 point comeback to take the lead.— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) October 4, 2020
TB12 to Scotty Miller for the TD. 2 plays, 63 yards in 48 seconds. VINTAGE Tom Brady leading a comeback.#Bucs | #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/WcEqkFqTpK
Herbert beats the blitz and finds Guyton for his third touchdown of the game
The Bucs brought seven guys on the blitz, but the Chargers left seven in to protect. Herbert stood tall and launched a bomb off his back foot. It fell directly into the hands of Jalen Guyton, who races the rest of the way for 72-yard touchdown to put the Chargers back up, 31-28.
TOUCHDOWN: Herbert delivers a touchdown pass to Guyton that's good for 72 yards. Guyton slowly makes it into the endzone. #BoltUp leads #GoBucs 31-28 at the end of the third. #LACvsTB pic.twitter.com/2hVYbLaFoV— (wears a mask) (@faiello_mari) October 4, 2020
Evans makes an incredible 48-yard catch to move the ball into Charger territory
This is just a beautiful adjustment and catch by the best receiver in Bucs history.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn takes the lead from the Chargers and gives it back to the Bucs
Vaughn scores his first touchdown of his NFL career on a nine-yard pass from Brady. It marked Brady’s fifth touchdown of the game and gave the Bucs a 35-31 lead in the fourth quarter.
Carlton Davis III puts the final nail in the Chargers’ coffin with this interception
Two words: Game Over. Davis’ second interception of the 2020 season seals the Bucs’ 38-31 win.