Tom Brady’s Buccaneers debut got off to a solid start, leading a touchdown drive and punctuating it himself with a rushing touchdown.

That’s the kind of drive that Bucs fans had been looking forward to ever since Brady’s fairly stunning decampment. It’s also what network executives had been hoping for, with the Bucs stacked in primetime and national windows throughout the season.

Things got worse from there, though, with Brady throwing his first Tampa interception before he managed a touchdown.

Just moments into the third quarter, though, it got even worse, as Brady underthrew an out route and paid the price thanks to Janoris Jenkins.

Surely neutral observers had a lot of sympathy for Brady, though!

And while it is incredibly tempting to view that as the precursor to a sad, “Kramer retires early to Del Boca Vista” end to Brady’s career, he did in fairness immediately lead a touchdown drive, finishing it with an easy pass to tight end O.J. Howard.

So, hey, it’s not all bad! Whether Brady, at 43, can still carry an entire team remains to be seen, but we’re probably going to find out this year.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.