Veteran quarterback Tom Brady set another record as he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a come-from-behind 38-31 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in front of around 10,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium. The 43-year-old Brady completed 30 of 46 passes for 369 yards and five touchdowns with an interception to carry the Buccaneers to victory, improving their record to 3-1 on the season. The win helped the Buccaneers stay on top of the NFC South, ahead of the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers, who both improved to 2-2 after beating the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals, respectively, Brady’s five-touchdown performance, his 7th in his career and first since Week 3 of the 2017 season, put him on the record books as the oldest quarterback at 43 years and 62 days to throw five scoring strikes in a game, eclipsing Warren Moon, who did it at age 40 years and 342 days, per a tweet by ESPN stats and information.

Brady also became the oldest player to have 3-plus passing touchdowns in back-to-back games, breaking his previous accomplishment in Weeks 4 and 5 of the 2018 season at age 41, per NFL Research. Brady also improved his career record against the Chargers to 10-2 while extending his streak to 13 straight wins against quarterbacks taken in the first round.

Buccaneers erase 17-point deficit

The Chargers led by as many as 24-7 late in the second period behind rookie Justin Herbert’s two touchdown passes and a pick-6 by Michael Davis before Brady cut the gap to 10 following a 6-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans before the break.

In the third, Brady engineered an eight-play, 69-yard drive that he capped with a 28-yard scoring strike to tight end OJ Howard and he followed it with an 11-play, 46-yard attack that he ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Scotty Miller for a 28-24 lead. Herbert answered with a 72-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton to put the Chargers ahead for the last time.

Brady then put the finishing touches with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Ke'Shawn Vaughn following a 7-play, 75-yard drive for a 35-31 lead.

Buccaneers’ defense also steps up

The Buccaneers’ defense then stepped up as it forced a three-and-out, highlighted by a sack by outside linebacker Shaq Barrett. After getting the ball with 8:45 left, the Buccaneers effectively depleted the remaining time and settled for a 26-yard field goal for a 38-31 advantage with 2:40 remaining to play in the game.

The Chargers had one last shot to tie the game but cornerback Carlton Davis intercepted Herbert’s pass intended for Keenan Allen to seal the win for the Buccaneers. Evans led the way for the receiving corps with seven catches for 122 yards and a score, Miller caught five passes for 83 yards and a score while Howard had three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown for the Buccaneers, who played without Pro Bowl wideout Chris Godwin. Ronald Jones Jr. ran the ball 20 times for 11 yards for the Buccaneers, who also missed the services of rusher Leonard Fournette.

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