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Tom Brady’s poignant homecoming may have been his most human game. NFL

MeIt was a surreal Bay Area homecoming for Tom Brady, to say the least. The most successful quarterback in history has been on the field for his entire tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 35-7 Blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, who have been competing long after the game was virtually decided. Sunday will be remembered as the day he one of the greatest players of all time was utterly defeated by Mr. His Inlevant.

As the meme says, you can’t count touchdown tomsWe were all reminded of this last week when Brady scored his 44th fourth-quarter comeback victory. was a league record, one of the many he owns, and perhaps the most appropriate. Brady is the football version of a superhero (or supervillain, depending on your underlying interests) who always comes back to life shortly after being declared dead. We are at the top and looking to make another playoff appearance.

But this one feels different, and not just because Brady seemed exhausted in a game where he managed one garbage-time touchdown while throwing two uncharacteristic picks. – The 49ers have a very good defense.No, it was that he looked exactly like him.A 45-year-old man fighting someone half his age.49ers quarterback Brock Purdy born in 1999a year before the New England Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round.

Which brings us to the strangest fact about this quarterback matchup.It’s not just that Purdy had a better afternoon on the field than Brady. Loss of Universal Receiver Deebo SamuelNo, somehow, of the two, Purdy has an unlikely origin story.

Yes, Brady was picked in the sixth round, but Purdy Last draft pick of the yearThey call such players “Mr Irrelevant”. Because they’re usually trivia answers that don’t affect the league. However, he played in his second NFL game, and his first start, after the 49ers lost both Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo to injuries.

Can you imagine the feeling of The Twilight Zone Brady must have experienced on the sidelines? And for the team Brady rooted for as a kid. It’s one thing to know intellectually that the younger generation will eventually replace you. Professional sports are especially cruel.

In the fourth quarter, the 49ers pulled Purdy to keep him well rested for the next start. Yet Brady continued to play every final snap, as if finally accepting the fact that he never knew how many more opportunities he would have to continue doing what he loved most. For a football-playing cyborg who is said to live longer than anyone else, it may have been him in one of the most stubborn human moments we’ve seen.

MVP of the week

Trevor Lawrence hugs Tennessee Titans cornerback Terrence Mitchell after Sunday’s game. Photo: Chris Carlson/AP

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville JaguarsHeading into game day, it wasn’t even certain Lawrence would start with the Jaguars as he was listed as a suspect with a toe injury. best pass performance Throw for 368 yards and 3 touchdowns in the NFL Jaguars win 36-22 road Above the Tennessee Titans. Currently, he’s thrown his 10 touchdowns and his 0 interceptions in the last five games, and before becoming the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, college like the player who tore football up. I’m starting to see 6 record, but the 5-8 Jaguars are theoretically alive, with potential divisional upsets.

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Losing to the Philadelphia Eagles, who have established themselves as a winning team in the NFL, is no shame. However, there is something to be said about not beating yourself up in the process. New York Giants punter Jamie Gillan’s botched kick resulted in the same result as his goal try on a very long and completely unsuccessful field, giving Philadelphia possession at the ‘try’ spot. By this point the score was already 21-0 in favor of the Eagles and didn’t improve much from there. Eagles beat Giants 48-22 Although they improved their record to 12-1 and qualified for the playoffs, New York finished last (via the tiebreaker) in the NFC East with a 7-5-1 record.

This week’s stats

There have been just two games this season in which the QB threw three interceptions in one appearance.
— Kenny Pickett gets off on Mitch Trubisky’s Week 4
— Mitch Trubisky subbed into Kenny Pickett’s Week 14

— Roger Sherman (@rodger) December 11, 2022

twoThis is due to the fact that the quarterback is in the game instead of the starter this season, Throw 3 interceptions in a rowFor the first time, it was rookie Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett who replaced Mitch Trubisky in Week 4. It was the second time on Sunday to achieve this questionable mark after a picket. entered concussion protocol During a game against the Baltimore Ravens. Football sometimes gives us moments of beautiful symmetry.But the Ravens were playing third-string quarterback in Anthony Brown after losing Tyler Huntley to a concussion. 16-14 win in a backup battle.

quote of the week

“I don’t think there’s anything I can’t do, as he does.”2022 Heisman Trophy Winner Caleb Williams How it compares to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

That’s the kind of confidence a starting quarterback needs, but when he made what was perhaps the most unlikely touchdown throw ever in the Chiefs’ 34-28 win over the Denver Broncos, Mahomes was a collegiate star. I feel like I took the words as a challenge. It wasn’t Mahomes’ best performance of the year, but he threw three interceptions and three touchdowns.

Your move, Mr. Williams.

Elsewhere in the league

Justin Herbert's Chargers are in a playoff spot. for now …
Justin Herbert’s Chargers are in a playoff spot. for now … Photo: Jae C Hong/AP

— Justin Herbert hasn’t seen himself fully since suffering a rib injury against the Chiefs in September. was excellent. Los Angeles Chargers win 23-17 In Sunday Night Football, he threw for 367 yards and a touchdown. A badly depleted Chargers defense was also impressive against Tua Tagovailoa. Tua Tagovailoa had two inconclusive performances in a row, with him completing 10 of 28 passes and gaining 145 yards (60 of which was his TD his throw to Tyreek Hill). .A win for the Chargers made them AFC’s last wild card spot.However, the New England Patriots could take their place if they beat the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

On a side note, it must seem very unfair for Hill to force a fumble just to recover and do. this:

— Playing for a top pick in next year’s draft, the Houston Texans scored their greatest moral win Sunday. Despite playing against the hugely popular 9-3 Dallas Cowboys, the Texans led 23-20, and he was one yard away from a potentially game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. was They then flipped it over on downs rather than go for a chip shot field goal. Then the inevitable happened as Ezekiel Elliott scored the actual game-winning touchdown. Dallas beats Houston 27-23That might have been the best-case scenario for a tanking team like the current 1-11-1 Texans, who secretly didn’t want to jeopardize their chances of being selected as number one next year.

— The New York Jets lost at least one game on Sunday. They lost 20-12 to the Buffalo BillsJets lost dt quinnen williams Calf injury and wide receiver Corey Davis suffered a concussion. In a terrifying moment, they even looked like they were going to lose quarterback Mike White after the newly established starter scored a big hit and brought the nearly retired Joe Flacco into the game. What should have been Zach Wilson was inactive.)

Luckily for the Jets, White is back, was taken to the hospital After the game is over, check it just in case.when he was He once again showed more composure and precision than Wilson has at any point this season. Unfortunately for the Jets, it wasn’t enough to beat his team that was simply winning the Bills that day. The Bills improved to his 10-3 record and earned pole position in the AFC East. The Jets are 7-6 and will be in contention for a playoff spot.

— Coming to Detroit, the long-overlooked Minnesota Vikings had a chance to prove to their skeptics Their 10-2 record was no mirage. Instead, all they’ve done is provide more evidence that their record isn’t as good as it suggests. Arguably the most unpredictable team in the league, the Lions beat 34-23 In a game where Minnesota could have won the division.

The 10-3 Vikings remain playoff-locked, but that’s all we can say for sure at this point, with Justin Jefferson’s brilliance having another big day with 223 receiving yards. But perhaps his most impressive receiving performance of the day was by Detroit’s 335-pound offensive his tackle Penacey Well.

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