- The 48-24 win by the Buccaneers marked the team’s 10th consecutive victory (including postseason) – the team’s first 10-game win streak in franchise history. The latter nine games of the winning streak have come while scoring 30-or-more points, establishing a new NFL record for consecutive wins with at least 30 point scored, breaking a tie with the 2007 and 2010 Patriots.
- The first two touchdowns of the game came on passes from QB Tom Brady to TE Rob Gronkowski – the 87th and 88th touchdown connections between the pair. Gronkowski became the first player in Buccaneers franchise history to record four-or-more touchdown receptions through the team’s first two games of a season.
MOST REGULAR-SEASON TOUCHDOWN CONNECTIONS IN NFL HISTORY
Rank Player (Seasons) Rec. TD
1. Peyton Manning & Marvin Harrison 112
2. Philip Rivers & Antonio Gates 89
3. Tom Brady & Rob Gronkowski 88
4. Steve Young & Jerry Rice 85
5. Dan Marino & Mark Clayton 79
- Gronkowski also tied the NFL record for consecutive games by a tight end (playoffs included) with multiple touchdown receptions (Ben Coates, NE, 1994). He is the first player at any position to accomplish that feat for Tampa Bay. Gronkowski now has 19 career games with multiple touchdown receptions, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzales for the second-most such games by a tight end in NFL history.
MOST MULTI-TOUCHDOWN GAMES BY A TIGHT END – NFL HISTORY
Rank Player Games
1. Antonio Gates 21
2. Rob Gronkowski 19
3. Tony Gonzalez 18
4. Jimmy Graham 17
5. Four Players Tied 9
- Playing in his 303rd-career game, Brady tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (303) for the eighth-most games played in NFL history.
- Brady completed 24-of-36 passes for 276 yards and five touchdowns, with zero interceptions, earning a 129.2 passer rating. He raised his passing yards total with Tampa Bay to 5,288 yards, surpassing Jeff Garcia (5,152) for the ninth-most passing yards in team history.
MOST PASSING YARDS IN BUCCANEERS HISTORY
Rank Player (Seasons) Yards
1. Jameis Winston (2015-19) 19,737
2. Vinny Testaverde (1987-92) 14,820
3. Josh Freeman (2009-13) 13,534
4. Trent Dilfer (1994-99) 12,969
5. Doug Williams (1978-82) 12,648
6. Brad Johnson (2001-04) 10,040
7. Steve DeBerg (1984-93) 9,439
8. Craig Erickson (1992-94) 6,094
9. Tom Brady (2020-Present) 5,288
10. Jeff Garcia (2007-08) 5,152
- Dating back to Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season, Brady has now thrown 4+ touchdown passes in four consecutive regular season games. He joins Peyton Manning (five-game streak, 10/31/04-11/25/04) and Dan Marino (four-game streak, 11/26/84-12/17/84) as the only three players in NFL history with at least four consecutive games of four-or-more passing touchdowns.
- Brady’s 35 games with four-or-more passing touchdowns tied Peyton Manning for the second-most such games in NFL history.
MOST 4+ PASSING TOUCHDOWN GAMES – NFL HISTORY
Rank Player (Seasons) Games
1. Drew Brees (2001-2020) 37
2t. Tom Brady (2000-Present) 35
2t. Peyton Manning (1998-2015) 35
4. Aaron Rodgers (2005-Present) 30
5. Brett Favre (1991-2010) 23
MOST 3+ PASSING TOUCHDOWN GAMES – NFL HISTORY
Rank Player (Seasons) Games
1. Drew Brees (2001-2020) 97
2. Tom Brady (2000-Present) 95
3. Peyton Manning (1998-2015) 93
4. Aaron Rodgers (2005-Present) 75
5. Brett Favre (1991-2010) 72
- Brady’s career-best nine touchdown passes through the first two games of a season are tied for the second-most in NFL history and establish a new franchise record.
MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH TWO GAMES – SUPER BOWL ERA
Rank Player (Team, Season) TD
1. Patrick Mahomes (KC, 2018) 10
2t. Tom Brady (TB, 2021) 9
2t. Russell Wilson (SEA, 2020) 9
2t. Peyton Manning (DEN, 2013) 9
2t. Drew Brees (NO, 2009) 9
- Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught the third and fourth touchdown passes thrown by Brady in the game, raising his career receiving touchdown total to 63, which remain the most in franchise history. Evans finished with a team-high 75 yards receiving on five receptions to go along with his two touchdowns.
- Evans has 13 career multi-touchdown games – tied for the second-most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2014.
MOST MULTI-TOUCHDOWN GAMES – SINCE 2014
Rank Player (Current Team) Games
1. Antonio Brown (TB) 16
2t. Mike Evans (TB) 13
2t. Davante Adams (GB) 13
4. Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE) 12
5. DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) 11
- Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin finished second on the team in receiving, making four receptions for 62 yards and catching the game’s final touchdown pass. He now has 26 career touchdown receptions, breaking a tie with Mike Williams (25) for the seventh-most touchdown receptions in team history.
MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS IN BUCCANEERS HISTORY
Rank Player (Seasons) Rec. TD
1. Mike Evans (2014-Present) 63
2. Jimmie Giles (1978-86) 34
3. Kevin House (1980-86) 31
4. Cameron Brate (2014-Present) 29
5. Joey Galloway (2004-08) 28
6. Mark Carrier (1987-92) 27
7. Chris Godwin (2017-Present) 26
8. Mike Williams (2010-13) 25
9. Dave Moore (1992-2001, 2004-06) 24
10. Bruce Hill (1987-91) 23
- Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette led the team with 52 rushing yards on 11 carries (4.73 avg.). He also made four receptions for 24 yards, giving him a team-best 76 yards from scrimmage.
- On the defensive side, Buccaneers S Mike Edwardsintercepted a pair of fourth-quarter passes from Falcons QB Matt Ryan, returning them both for touchdowns (31 yards, 15 yards). Edwards became just the third player in team history to return multiple interceptions for a touchdown in a single game, joining Rondé Barber (10/22/06 vs. Philadelphia) and Dwight Smith(1/26/03 vs. Oakland). He is one of 31 players in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
- In the third quarter, Buccaneers NT Vita Vea tipped a pass at the line that was intercepted by OLB Shaquil Barrett. The interception was Barrett’s first of the season and the second of his NFL career.
- Tampa Bay’s three takeaways in the game bring their total to 57 since Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles was hired in 2019 – the third-most takeaways in the NFL during that span.
MOST TEAM TAKEAWAYS – SINCE 2019
Rank Team TA
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 66
2. New England Patriots 63
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 57
4. Seattle Seahawks 56
5. Minnesota Vikings 55
- DL Ndamukong Suh recorded his first sack of the 2021 season, bringing down Matt Ryan for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter, leading to an Atlanta punt.
- The Buccaneers defense limited the Falcons to 55 net rushing yards, marking the 27th time in 34 games that Tampa Bay has held its opponent under 100 rushing yards since Todd Bowles took over as defensive coordinator in 2019. The Buccaneers 27 such games are five more than any other NFL team since the start of the 2019 season.
MOST GAMES WITH FEWER THAN 100 RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED – SINCE 2019
Rank Team Games
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
2. New Orleans Saints 22
3. Indianapolis Colts 21
4. Seattle Seahawks 18
5. Los Angeles Rams 17
- Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate became one of 45 players in Tampa Bay team history with 100 career games played for the franchise.
(Courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department.)