The Buccaneers (2-1) will face the Patriots (1-2) on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET in Tom Brady’s first game against his former team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The contest will be televised by NBC.
Brady, who is in his 22nd NFL season, spent his first 20 years with New England, winning six Super Bowls, three NFL MVP awards and being named a 14-time Pro Bowl selection. His partnership with Patriots coach Bill Belichick is considered one of the greatest in league history from a quarterback and coach perspective.
However, there was some apparent hostility in Brady’s departure from New England. Reports indicated Belichick wanted to trade Brady in 2017, and the 44-year-old had two members of his camp — his father, Tom Brady Sr., and trainer, Alex Guerrero — speak out against Belichick in recent interviews.
However, Brady spoke highly of his partnership with Belichick before Sunday’s contest.
“We had a great relationship,” Brady said. “I think it was handled the right way. We handled everything as gracefully as we could. It was an amazing time and It was handled perfectly. I think everyone understood where we were at, with the people involved in the situation. Things worked out for the best for all of us, and we’re all trying to do the best we can do now.”
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Patriots vs. Buccaneers live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
Live updates will start around kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET.
Patriots vs. Buccaneers start time
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 3
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
The Patriots-Buccaneers game is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
How to watch ‘Sunday Night Football’
The Patriots vs. Buccaneers game will be broadcast on NBC with the normal “Sunday Night Football” booth calling the game. Al Michael will be the play-by-play broadcaster while Cris Collinsworth provides analysis. Michele Tafoya will serve as the sideline reporter.
Drew Brees and Tony Dungy will also be a part of the network’s game coverage. They will host the pregame and halftime shows, and both should have some excellent stories about their battles with Brady and Belichick during their careers.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9 (Thur.)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Sept. 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||Sept. 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||Sept. 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||Oct. 3||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Oct. 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||Oct. 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Oct. 24||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Oct. 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||Nov. 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|10||Nov. 14||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||Nov. 21||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||Nov. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||Dec. 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||Dec. 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||Dec. 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||Dec. 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||Jan. 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|