The defense of the Super Bowl got under way on a Thursday night in front of a sold-out Raymond James Stadium.  Tom Brady had four TD passes but it took a late drive and 36-yard FG from Ryan Succop with two seconds remaining for the Bucs to come out on top as Dak Prescott passed for over 400 yards against an ineffective Tampa Bay defense.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Fournette 9-32, Jones 4-14, Brown 1-6. COWBOYS: Elliott 11-33, Pollard 3-14, Prescott 4-13. PASSING BUCS:  Brady 50-32-379-2-4. COWBOYS: Prescott 58-42-403-1-3. RECEIVING BUCS:  Godwin 9-105, Gronkowski 8-90, Brown 5-121, Fournette 5-27, Evans 3-24, Bernard 2-12. COWBOYS: Cooper 13-139, Lamb 7-104, Schultz 6-45, Gallup 4-36, Pollard 4-29, Wilson 3-24, Jarwin 3-20, Elliott 2-6. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Davis 1-25. COWBOYS: Lewis 1-66, Diggs 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Mickens 3-92. COWBOYS: none. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Mickens 2-21. COWBOYS: Lamb 1-12, Wilson 1-2. SACKS BUCS: Barrett 1-12. COWBOYS: none.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31  Dallas Cowboys 29 Thursday 10 September 2021      at Raymond James Stadium
GAME SCORING TB 7-0 5:23-1Q Godwin 5 pass from Brady (Succop kick) DAL 707 1:35-1Q Lamb 22 pass from Prescott (Zuerlein kick) TB 14-7 9:48-2Q Gronkowski 2 pass from Brady (Succop) DAL 14-13 4:20-2Q Cooper 5 pass from Prescott (kick failed) DAL 14-16 3:16-2Q Zuerlein FG35 TB 21-16 2:38-2Q Brown 47 pass from Brady (Succop kick) DAL 21-19 9:15-3Q Zuerlein FG21 TB 28-19 2:38-3Q Gronkowski 11 pass from Brady (Succop) DAL 28-26 0:33-3Q Cooper 21 pass from Prescott (Zuerlein) DAL 28-29 1:24-4Q Zuerlein FG48 TB 31-30 0:02-4Q Succop FG36
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 76 Smith DE 93 Suh LG 74 Marpet DT 50 Vea C 66 Jensen DE 92 Gholston RG 65 Cappa LOLB 90 Pierre-Paul RT 78 Wirfs LILB 45 White TE 87 Gronkowski RILB 54 David WR 81 Brown ROLB 58 Barrett WR 13 Evans LB 9 Tryon-Shoyinka WR 14 Godwin LCB 24 Davis QB 12 Brady RCB 23 Murphy-Bunting RB 7 Fournette S 31 Winfield PLAYED 3 Succop, 8 Pinion, 10 Miller, 18 Johnson, 25 Bernard, 26 Adams, 27 Jones, 30 Delaney, 32 Edwards, 35 Dean, 43 Cockrell, 48 Stuard, 51 Minter, 52 Britt, 56 Nunez-Roches, 72 Wells, 79 O’Connor, 80 Howard, 84 Brate, 85 Mickens, 96 McLendon, 97 Triner, 98 Nelson DID NOT PLAY 11 Gabbert, 64 Stinnie, 70 Hainsey INACTIVES 1 Darden, 2 Trask, 21 Vaughn, 33 Whitehead, 39 Cooper, 60 Leverett, 94 Davis
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the big plays Chris Godwin recorded the first Buccaneer touchdown of the season Tom Brady found Antonio Brown on a deep pass down the right sideline Ryan Succop had the game winner with two seconds remaining
COMMENTARY CREW    Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
NFL RESULTS - WEEK 1 Tampa Bay 31 Dallas 29 Houston 37 Jacksonville 21 LA Chargers 20 Washington 16 Seattle 28 Indianapolis 16 Carolina 19 NY Jets 14 Cincinnati 27 Minnesota 24 Arizona 38 Tennessee 13 San Francisco 41 Detroit 33 Pittsburgh 22 Buffalo 16 Philadelphia 32 Atlanta 6 Kansas City 33 Cleveland 29 New Orleans 38 Green Bay 3 Denver 27 NY Giants 13 Miami 17 New England 16 LA Rams 34 Chicago 14 Las Vegas 33 Baltimore 27