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Buccaneers’ Tom Brady reacts to worst loss of career

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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their doors blown off in a 38-3 drubbing by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. The 35-point loss is now the worst of Brady’s illustrious career, and the Buccaneers dropped behind the Saints in the NFC South race.

After the game, Brady took the blame:

“We didn’t play well in any phase of the game,” Brady said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootball Talk. “Everyone’s got to do a lot better. And it starts with me.”

Brady was awful in this debacle, completing just 22 out of 38 pass attempts for 209 yards. He tossed three interceptions after entering the game with just four picks over the first eight games of the season. He was also sacked three times.

While Brady was bad, this was certainly a team effort. The Buccaneers managed a paltry eight yards of rushing on five carries as part of a 194-yard showing for the offense. Meanwhile, the Saints roasted Tampa Bay’s defense to the tune of 420 yards.

The game was total destruction right from the beginning. New Orleans jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and then made it 31-0 by halftime, eliminating any doubt in the outcome and spoiling Antonio Brown’s return to the field.

If there’s any silver lining here, it’s that Brady’s previous worst loss came in a year in which the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. That was 2003, when the Patriots lost 31-0 to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

The Buccaneers can only hope this season follows that script.