Seahawks fall to Tom Brady, Buccaneers in Germany
MUNICH — The Seattle Seahawks lost against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in the NFL’s first-ever game played in Germany.
The Seahawks were looking to continue their winning ways against Tom Brady and the struggling Buccaneers. Even with the Bucs’ struggles and coming off a 31-21 win against the Arizona Cardinals, Pete Carroll and the Hawks had a tough test going up against the GOAT.
The first half was all Bucs. Although not many points were scored in the first half, the Bucs were the only ones that scored in the first 30 minutes of play. After missing a long field goal attempt, the Bucs came driving down, ending the 88-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Julio Jones.
After a three-and-out from the Hawks, the Bucs came back driving again, capping an 86-yard drive-off with a one-yard touchdown run from Leonard Fournette, giving the Bucs a 14-0 lead.
Heading into the second half, the Hawks began to gain momentum after finally getting on the board with a 55-yard field goal from Jason Myers. The next Bucs possession, the Bucs tried to get fancy and line Brady up as a wide receiver. Fournette took the snap and tried to throw it to Brady, but Brady slipped, which allowed Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen to intercept the pass.
However, that magic from the INT wouldn’t last long for the Hawks. Geno Smith and the Hawks were in the redzone when Smith was sacked, fumbling the ball that was recovered by the Bucs. In another 85-plus-yard drive, Brady and the Bucs would march down the field and score with a four-yard pass from Brady to Chris Godwin, making it 21-3 Bucs.
But the Hawks kept fighting. Smith and the Hawks offense drove 77 yards down the field and scored their first touchdown of the game from a 21-yard pass from Smith to Tyler Lockett. The Seahawks went for a two-point conversion and did not convert, making it 21-9 Tampa Bay.
On the next Brady possession, he threw his second interception of the day right into the hands of Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton. Barton’s interception led to a key fourth-down touchdown from Smith to Marquise Goodwin, making it a one-score game.
Unfortunately, the Hawks wouldn’t get the ball back on offense, as Brady and the Bucs used the rest of the clock to sustain their drive and win the game.
The Bucs outgained the Seahawks 419-283. The main difference came in the running game, as the Hawks only had 39 rushing yards compared to the Bucs’ 161. Kenneth Walker III wasn’t even the Seahawks leading rusher on the day, coming up with only 17 yards on 10 rushes. Smith finished the day as the top rusher with 22 yards. Walker, however, did have six catches for 55 yards.
The Seahawks have their bye week next week before getting things going again against the Las Vegas Raiders back in the United States.
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