LOS ANGELES: Tom Brady threw five touchdowns to five different receivers to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a come-from-behind 38-31 NFL win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in Tampa, Florida.
Six-time Super Bowl champion Brady passed for a total of 369 yards, with his favorite target being Mike Evans, who caught seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown for the Buccaneers.
Brady led the Buccaneers back from a 17-point deficit after they gave up 24 unanswered points in the first half.
“Tom, he’s never behind in his mind. We can always make plays to win games,” coach Bruce Arians said.
Because of the global pandemic, which led to the postponement of two NFL Sunday games in week four, organizers allowed just 6,300 spectators into Raymond James Stadium.
Ronald Jones led the rushing offense with 20 carries for 111 yards.
“How can you not believe in him? He’s the greatest to ever do it,” receiver Scotty Miller said. “We just go in there and follow his lead.”
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert completed 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Herbert also threw an interception.
Brady connected with rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn for a nine-yard touchdown pass to give Tampa Bay a 35-31 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining.
Ryan Succop added a 26-yard field goal with 2:44 left before Carlton Davis sealed the victory with an interception.
“We’ve got to keep building on the confidence in one another because there’s nothing we’re doing out there that’s perfect,” Brady said. “But we’re going to have to keep building on the good things and learn from the bad things.”
Also, Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow collected his first NFL victory as the host Bengals toppled the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-25 at Paul Brown Stadium.
First overall draft pick Burrow made NFL history, becoming the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games.
Burrow hit on 25 of 36 passes for 300 yards against the Jags, with one touchdown and one interception. He compiled 316 yards at the Cleveland Browns in week two, and 312 yards at Philadelphia in week three.
“We got the win, that’s all I care about,” Burrow said. “I can throw for seven or 500 yards — it doesn’t matter to me.”
Elsewhere, Josh Allen passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as the Buffalo Bills remained unbeaten by handing the Las Vegas Raiders their first home loss 30-23.