June 23, 2024

NFL: Brady hands over for the first time in the NFL in Munich

NFL: Brady hands over for the first time in the NFL in Munich

And that wasn’t necessarily expected before the game, because seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady has had a very tough time this season. In this game too, there were tricky stages to master the old master, but in the end two touchdown passes to Julio Jones and Chris Goodwin were enough, and the third went behind Leonard Fournette. In the end, Seattle caught up again after coming in late 3:21, but the comeback came too late.

The Buccaneers celebrated their second straight win and equaled their record with five wins and five losses. The 2020/21 Super Bowl champion continues to lead in the NFC South, as do the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, who have suffered their fourth loss in six wins. Brady, celebrated by almost the entire audience, remained undefeated on his fourth appearance outside the United States – and unsurprisingly his first -. “It was one of the greatest football experiences of my life,” Brady said after the match, thanking the fans and the organisers.

The first match of the regular season in Germany

Both teams can recover adequately from the stress of this trip, as both will be without a game next week. Next year there will be at least one NFL match in Germany again, and the contract with Munich and Frankfurt will initially run until 2025. Austria’s neighbors had previously staged pre-season matches, with the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico being the first to be played. They are judged the fifth state to ever play an NFL game of the season.

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A competitive National Football League (NFL) match was played in Germany for the first time

There are supposed to be people in Munich who don’t even know Tom Brady’s name. That should have changed for many after this weekend. The world’s best-selling guest-league performance dominated downtown from Frauenkirche to Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz to Hofbräuhaus. Similar to London, fans of all teams can be identified.

State of emergency including Alaba and Arnautovic

Not many Europeans travel specifically for this game, nor did the Americans miss this premiere, especially fans of the two rival teams. “We were already in London, and now we wanted to go to Germany too,” said a Seattle supporter who traveled with her daughter and paid $3,300 for it at the Augustiner. Traditional breweries didn’t miss out on the action, and the Hofbräuhaus became the home of pirates, where they dined and partyed until midnight.

Tampa fans

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The world-famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich has been converted into the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On Sunday, fans made their way north of the city, home of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. At Fanfest, entry had to be stopped without further ado, and the store was partially packed as well. The sound of the arena itself was first raised when Brady took to the field to warm up at 2:34 p.m. “This is my first time here, but I will definitely be back,” the veteran said on Friday. David Alaba has also returned to his old home, with Marko Arnautovic and Stefan Bosch, and photos of Brady and Co. have also been taken.

Pirates dominate the first half

After a preview of German rapper Crow, the chants confidently chanted and coin-tossed by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, history was made. However, both teams first had to get used to the unfamiliar environment. Especially the deep grass that caused a few slips during the first half. All first drives ended in kicks, with Tampa Bay putting up the first call sign with a quarterback sack.

After Brady gave a video report in German (“Auf geht’s, Deutschland”) he prepared slowly but surely. After a fine pass from 29 yards to Mike Evans, kicker Ryan Sukop missed the lead from 52 yards. But with defensive playmaker Jeno Smith (69 yards in the first half) and novice running back Kenneth Walker third (just eight yards) in control, Brady quickly recovered the ball and led his team to their first touchdown over Germany in 6:32 ground. The 45-year-old was fitted with 33-year-old Julio Jones, who had too much room on the right and was as unstoppable as before.

Julio Jones

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Veteran receiver Julio Jones earned his first NFL touchdown in Germany

Seattle answer? number. After three attempts, possession was again lost and Brady repeated his lead from before. This time around, it took just over a minute but less than two yards (86) to finally give Leonard Fournette the ball into the two-yard line. Lenny did the rest. He was also seen by Bayern players, Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, who were booed from the crowd in their stadium. Then, not much happened before the break, with the smell of sausage still going, Tampa Bay had the right nose so far – both offensively and defensively.

The crowd celebrated themselves with the wave, and female and male fans of the Buccaneers – a total of about 250 club staff who traveled to Munich – supported them from the field. Women footballers who teach Germany were allowed to play on the first-half stage.

Brady fails again as a future

Seattle’s reaction from the locker room was impressive after the break. Smith found a tight end for Will Dissly and his main receivers Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. In the end, however, “only” a field goal went out—Jason Myers scored from 55 yards. Then it got weird.

As Tampa Bay approached the danger zone with shifting plays, Brady clearly wanted to give his new audience a treat in the form of a drop. Fortnite ran back and threw the pass to the left, but Brady slipped and Tariq Wolin got an interception. Furthermore, Superstar also received a ten yard penalty for tripping. A similar experience failed miserably at Super Bowl LII four years ago, when he was still making passes as a New England Patriots player.

But the damage must be limited. Although Seattle once again managed to field the pirates’ end zone, the other playmaker made a mistake as well. Smith failed to get the ball when interfering, and immediately hit the Buccaneers’ defense. During the next intermission, fans celebrated DJ Ötzi’s “Hey Baby,” then Brady knew how to coldly punish the mistake. Once again he moved the ball for more than 80 yards and finally found Chris Goodwin for four yards with another minute pass – the initial decision six minutes before the end.

Catching up in Seattle comes too late

But it wasn’t the last chord in this game. The Seahawks haven’t quite given up yet, this time around Smith leading his attack into the finish zone and showing why Seattle already has six wins this season. Lockett finally caught the clean pass for 21 yards, but the two-point conversion failed.

Brady then made it exciting again with an interception and presented the game machine to linebacker Cody Barton. Now Smith used the momentum and also made a pass to Lockett on the fourth try. This wasn’t his last drive, as Marquis Goodwin finished second for 19 yards in the finish zone. The stadium raged again, four minutes before the end, Seattle smelled a fuse again, but Brady parried the clock dryly with his attack. In the end, fans celebrated the guest performance with the song “Oh, How Beautiful”, and even more so with the song “Sweet Caroline”. Brady left the field to thunderous applause.

National Football League, Week 10


Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Seattle Seahawks 21:16

(0:0 14:0 0:3 7:13)

Munich, Allianz Arena, 69,811 spectators

First Quarter:

Second Quarter:

7-0 – Tom Brady passes 31 yards to Julio Jones (+ extra point)

14:0 – 1 yard run by Leonard Fournett (+ extra point)

Third quarter:

14-3 – 55 yards field goal by Jason Myers

The fourth quarter:

21:3 – 4 yard pass from Tom Brady to Chris Goodwin (+ extra point)

9-21 – Genu Smith passes 21 yards to Tyler Lockett (fails to convert 2 points)

21:16 – Gino Smith passes 19 yards to Marquis Goodwin (+ extra point)