David Njoku’s unrealistic touchdown reception leads Browns to stun Tom Brady’s Buccaneers

It was 4th and 10 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12-yard line, and the Cleveland Browns needed a touchdown to force overtime when Jacoby Brissett fired a pass into the middle of the end zone where David Njoku did a crazy one-handed run. grab the score.

The key catch led to a 23-17 overtime victory over Tom Brady and the Bucs as the Browns earned their fourth upset win of the season.

When Brady tossed the coin in overtime to go his way, fans grumbled, knowing he has the most game-winning drives in NFL history. But Cleveland stepped up and forced not just one, but two punts in overtime, giving the offense a chance to pull off an upset.

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Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Cleveland.
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Brissett took advantage of the Browns’ second chance to finish the game off well, finding Amari Cooper for a 46-yard pass that set up a Nick Chubb 3-yard touchdown run to send the Browns fans home happy.

The start of this game worked in the Browns’ favor as Brissett led a seven-play, 78-yard drive that Anthony Schwartz capped with a 31-yard rushing touchdown down the right side to go up 7–0.

But Brady, who has been playing better of late, found Chris Godwin on a 10-yard pass to tie the game.

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Godwin had his breakout game of the season, making 12 catches on 13 Brady targets for 110 yards, the longest being a 23-yard reception. Brady used it to get first downs throughout the game.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Cleveland.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Cleveland.
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Also, with Leonard Fournette injured, Rachaad White had another start and totaled 64 yards on 14 carries, while catching all nine of Brady’s passes for 45 yards.

Brady had another game in which he threw more than 40 times, going 29 of 43 for 246 yards with two touchdown passes. His second came in the third quarter when he found Ko Kieft for a 5-yard TD run on his only catch of the game.

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But the Browns’ defense kept them in the game, hoping the offense would capitalize on the Bucs’ holdup drives. They were able to sack Brady three times, with Myles Garrett leading that category at 1.5 for a total of 10 sacks on the season now.

Brissett would finish the game 23 of 37 for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception in what is likely to be his last start of the season. Deshaun Watson can return next week for the Browns following his 11-game suspension, and the Browns have made it clear that Watson will play the Houston Texans on the road next Sunday.

Chubb set the tone once again for the Browns with 26 carries for 116 yards and his game-winning score. Cooper led the receiving game with 94 yards on seven catches.

David Njoku of the Cleveland Browns catches the ball for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Cleveland.

David Njoku of the Cleveland Browns catches the ball for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Cleveland.
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As the Browns look to usher in Watson at quarterback, Brady’s Bucs will wait until Monday night next week to take on the New Orleans Saints. They still remain atop the NFC South after the Atlanta Falcons (5-7) fell to the Washington Commanders on Sunday.