EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Antonio Brown was apparently pissed off and indignant. So he walked away.
From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And presumably his NFL profession.
The mercurial huge receiver was kicked off the Buccaneers after a weird, shirtless exit from the sphere earlier than Tom Brady coolly led the Bucs on a 93-yard drive within the last minutes for a 28-24 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Coach Bruce Arians mentioned after the sport Brown was off the staff.
“He is no longer a Buc,” Arians mentioned. “All right? That’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys who went out there and won the game.”
Brown’s mid-game meltdown got here late within the third quarter with Tampa Bay trailing 24-10. He appeared animated whereas speaking to Mike Evans, who tried to calm his teammate. But Brown stripped off his pads, jersey, gloves and T-shirt — tossing the gloves and T-shirt into the stands — after which walked bare-chested down the sideline and into the top zone. He then waved to followers as jogged by way of the top zone and into the tunnel at MetLife Stadium.
It gave the impression to be a present of frustration by Brown, who had three catches for 26 yards.
“I’m not talking about it,” Arians mentioned. “He’s not part of the Bucs.”
Brown was suspended final month for 3 video games for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. He additionally has a historical past of non-public conduct points and weird habits.
“It’s a difficult situation,” Brady mentioned. “Everybody should do what they can to help him in ways that he really needs it. We all love him. We care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best. Unfortunately, it won’t be with our team. … I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers huge receiver Antonio Brown wipes his face as he leaves the sphere after throwing his gear into the stands whereas his staff is on offense through the third quarter of an NFL soccer recreation towards the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media by way of AP)
Brady marched the Buccaneers (12-4) down the sphere on 9 performs, zipping a go to Grayson — who was elevated from the observe squad — for the go-ahead rating. It was Brady’s third TD go of the sport and fortieth of the season, becoming a member of him with Drew Brees as the one gamers to throw for 40 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
He completed 34 of fifty for 410 yards, the three TDs and an interception for Tampa Bay, which had Arians again after he examined optimistic for the coronavirus earlier within the week.
Le’Veon Bell ran within the 2-point conversion towards his former staff, forcing New York to wish a landing. But the Jets (4-12) ran out of time.
“We’ve been in some crazy situations before,” Arians mentioned, “but this was a very special one to come back and win that game.”
The recreation featured the biggest age hole between beginning quarterbacks since at the very least 1950, with the 22-year-old Wilson going through the 44-year-old Brady.
The Jets took a two-touchdown lead on Ty Johnson’s 1-yard run that capped their opening drive of the second half.
After Brown’s exit and Brady’s TD to Brate, Ryan Succop kicked a 27-yard subject objective to chop New York’s result in 24-20 with 7:36 left.
“It’s unfortunate that we’re going to be talking about the last sequence of events there,” Saleh mentioned, “but I thought our guys were outstanding today. They deserved better.”
New York took a 7-0 lead on a razzle-dazzle play to cap a powerful opening drive. Running again Michael Carter lined up within the wildcat — with Wilson behind the proper guard — took the direct snap and flipped it to Berrios, who went in untouched.
Carter had a 55-yard run early within the drive to get the Jets to the Buccaneers 12.
Brady and the Bucs marched proper down the sphere on their opening possession with Evans — again after lacking final week’s recreation with a hamstring problem and spending time on the COVID-19 checklist this week — catching a 4-yard landing go to tie it at 7.
Wilson, who was 19 of 33 for 234 yards and a TD, answered proper again with a 9-yard TD go to Berrios for a 14-7 lead.
It was a pricey 13-play, 74-yard drive for the Jets, although, as each Carter (concussion) and left sort out George Fant (left knee) had been injured and didn’t return.
A 39-yarder by Succop made it 14-10.
Brandin Echols intercepted Brady on Tampa Bay’s final possession of the primary half and returned it 30 yards to the Jets 48. New York turned it into factors on Eddy Pineiro’s 51-yard subject objective with 1 second left.
Brady, who improved to 31-8 towards the Jets, additionally tied Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers as the one gamers with three seasons of 40 or extra TD passes.
Buccaneers: RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and DB Rashard Robinson (groin) didn’t come again after leaving within the second half.
Jets: In addition to Carter and Fant, TE Dan Brown left within the second quarter with a hip harm and didn’t return.
Buccaneers: Finish the common season by internet hosting the Carolina Panthers subsequent Sunday.
Jets: Wrap up their season at Buffalo subsequent Sunday towards the AFC East-rival Bills.