The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were no match for the New England Patriots today in London. Tom Brady and his receivers were clicking on all cylinders, while the defense led by Jerod Mayo continued their dominance by shutting down Josh Johnson and the Bucs offense.
Safety Brandon Meriweather helped the Patriots start off with a bang by returning an interception 39 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter. Later in the quarter Tom Brady hooked up with his favorite target Wes Welker for a 14-yard TD reception.
Early in the second quarter Brady had some Bucs fans prematurely begging for a mercy rule when he hit Sam Aiken for a 54-yard touchdown pass. The pass itself wasn’t spectacular, but Aiken broke a tackle and gained most of those yards with his legs. Later in the 2nd quarter the Bucs scored their only points of the game with Johnson hit Antonio Bryant for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
The second half was all about the Patriots dominance on defense. They never allowed the Bucs to score anymore points. Meanwhile, the offense continued to roll adding two more touchdowns. A 35-yard TD catch by tight end Benjamin Watson and a 1-yard touchdown run by Laurence Maroney.
We’ll break this game down much more tomorrow and Tuesday, but we can’t help but be impressed with today’s performance. Sure, they were playing the pathetic Bucs, but you have to give them credit for dominating them in an unfamiliar environment at Wembley Stadium.
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