Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to another comeback victory Sunday, throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to Cyril Grayson with 15 seconds left to give Tampa Bay a thrilling 28-24 victory over the New York Jets. The touchdown pass to Grayson was significant in NFL history, but not because it vaulted Brady into a tie for second all-time in game-winning drives (53 with Drew Brees).
Brady’s touchdown pass was his 40th of the season — the third season Brady has thrown for 40 touchdowns — which tied him with Aaron Rodgers for the most 40 passing touchdown seasons in NFL history. Brady also threw 40 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons, matching Brees (2011-2012) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish that feat.
“For me it’s just I have a lot of confidence in the guys I’m playing with,” Brady said. “The line was playing great, the receivers were making plays, the tight ends were making plays, the backs were making plays. So, from my quarterback standpoint just believing in your guys and trusting them. That’s what that situation is all about and we did that today.”
Brady completed 34 of 50 passes for 410 yards and three touchdowns in the win, his 13th career game with 400 passing yards. He’s tied with Dan Marino for the third-most such games in NFL history, as only Brees (16) and Peyton Manning (14) have more.
Brady is the only player in the NFL with 40 touchdown passes and leads the league with 4,990 yards passing. He’s 10 yards away from joining Brees as the only players in NFL history with multiple 5,000-yard seasons. Brady is averaging a career-high 311.9 passing yards per game, at the age of 44.
Every week, Brady seems to own or share a piece of history. Brady has an opportunity to add his name to the record books again next week.