Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is absolutely enjoying playing with six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady as the two are quickly developing on-field chemistry. So far in their first season together, Brady is 7-of-7 when targeting Evans in the red zone but most impressively every one of those plays came on a fade route.
On Monday Night Football, the Buccaneers won a tight contest against the New York Giants 25-23. "I'm a big receiver. I love fades," Evans said after the game, per ESPN. "I love getting the ball in the goal-line area.
And Tom's ball placement is one of the best all-time, so that's a good combination."
Brady and Evans connected for a touchdown
The Buccaneers were struggling against the Giants and it was a big sigh of relief when Evans caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for a 22-16 lead.
The Buccaneers entered the game as the big favorites but whey were tailing 14-6 at halftime. "We didn’t find energy fast enough, we got hit in the mouth," Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. "And credit [Giants coach] Joe Judge -- he had his team ready and they played their tails off -- but we made enough plays to win the game and never apologize for winning.
I thought we were very slow to start offensively. Defensively, I don’t like to see people run the ball on us. But we made the plays that counted. “The last time we had a close call, we lost. So this one we won. So we’ve grown some as a team.
And while it wasn’t our best effort but it was enough to win." Early in the fourth quarter, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones threw an interception as Buccaneers cornerback Murphy-Bunting picked off the quarterback at the Tampa Bay 34-yard line.
The Buccaneers offense then took to the field and it was the drive in which Brady connected with Evans for a touchdown. "We needed a turnover. We needed something good to happen to get the snowball rolling," Arians said.
"Carlton provided it and Sean provided it, and we capitalized on those turnovers." Brady went 28-of-40 for 279 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Giants. Meanwhile, Evans hauled in 5-of-7 passes attempted his way and that was enough for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. Brady and Evans led the Buccaneers to a win over the Giants and a 6-2 record.