Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady didn't enjoy an impressive debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he threw two interceptions and the New Orleans Saints took the full advantage and won 34-23. Brady threw for 239 yards after completing 23 of his 36 passes and he also scored a touchdown on a football quarterback sneak from the two-yard line.
But Brady threw two interceptions -- one of which was a pick six. "It's a game of execution. Obviously they made more plays than we did, and I made just some bad, terrible turnovers," Brady said, per ESPN. "It's hard to win, turning the ball over like that.
So I've obviously gotta do a lot better job."
Brady says 'no excuses'
The Saints are one of the top contenders for this year's Super Bowl but Brady didn't want to defend his performance and simply said they got to do better as team.
"There's no excuses -- we're the only ones that can do something about it," Brady said. "The Saints kinda played how they always play, they did a good job on offense. We hung our defense out to dry on some short fields, with not moving the ball, not doing very well on third down at certain times.
The turnovers really hurt us. We've gotta clean that up for next week. We've gotta do a lot better job." Coach Bruce Arians says it started well The Buccaneers led 7-0 after the first quarter but then surrendered 24 unanswered points as the Saints took a comfortable 24-7 lead.
Before Brady sneaked in for the first touchdown of the game, he threw a 29-yard pass to wide receiver Chris Godwin down the field. "He came out, lighting it up, went down the field and scored a touchdown, so I wouldn't say he was out of sync at all 'til we started screwing it up," coach Arians said.
Reflecting on two Brady turnovers, Arians suggested the 43-year-old quarterback and his receivers are still developing their chemistry as he hopes those things will be fixed going forward. "One was a miscommunication between him and Mike," Arians said.
"He thought Mike was going down the middle. It's a different coverage, Mike read it right and should have been across his face, but Tom just overthrew it. And the other was a screen pass with an outlet called, and he threw the outlet and it was a pick-six. Bad decision."