New England Patriots

Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk (6) kicks a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

It felt like it would be impossible for Sunday’s Patriots-Buccaneers game to live up to the hype that had been building all week. After all, it was being called “the biggest regular season game in NFL history.”

Yet the show the two teams put on Sunday night for Tom Brady’s return was an all-time classic. They battled back and forth in a 19-17 Buccaneers win.

Through photos, here’s a look back at the game…

MORE: Patriots Ups and Downs

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at