The New England Patriots had a chance to beat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Nick Folk’s field goal attempt went awry.
Tom Brady returns to New England for the first time since signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 to play the Patriots. The seven-time Super Bowl champion had his work cut out for him, not only because of injuries on both sides of the ball and the weather, but also because he had to deal with former head coach Bill Belichick and his successor, Mac Jones.
The Patriots faced a fourth-and-three situation on the game’s last drive, and Belchick asked Nick Folk to attempt a 56-yard field goal to potentially win the game. Folk’s kick appeared to be heading between the uprights, but it veered left and slammed against the post, resulting in the loudest doink we’ve ever heard on NFL Twitter.
WOOOOOHOOOOO. Brady survives by a left upright.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 4, 2021
That’s a mighty loud doink for a mighty ugly game at Foxboro.
— Schlasser (@UrinatingTree) October 4, 2021
The was the most baritone doink I’ve ever heard. Sounded like The Undertaker’s theme song.
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) October 4, 2021
Wow that was an absolutely legendary doink props to the audio guys on the field
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) October 4, 2021
I didn’t think there was any way in the world he was making that, and yet he damn near got it. There’s no shame in that doink.
— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) October 4, 2021
Let’s all be honest because we’ve seen this play out before.
Even if Nick Folk didn’t doink that kick, there was still way too much time left on the clock for Tom Brady to just go back down and win the game.
— Levi Edwards (@theleviedwards) October 4, 2021
Patriots fall victim to the doink, leading to Buccaneers victory
The Patriots had a tough finale to the game, as they appeared to be on the verge of gaining a late lead over Brady and the Buccaneers. Instead, the field goal slammed through the left upright with a thunderous thud.
In his return to Gillette Stadium, Brady was far from perfect. Belichick deserves credit for that, as he devised a great defensive strategy for his former quarterback. Brady threw for 269 yards on 22 of 43 attempts with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Brady, on the other hand, made history by becoming the all-time leading passer in the first quarter. It was only natural that he eclipsed Drew Brees’ record in New England, where he spent his first 20 years in the NFL.
Jones, the 15th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, had his share of rookie woes, but he kept the Patriots in the game. Jones completed 31 of his 40 throws for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
The Patriots came so close to sabotaging Brady’s return to New England, but they came up just short. When they meet the Houston Texans next week, they’ll be looking for their second win of the season. The Buccaneers will play the Miami Dolphins in their home stadium in Tampa Bay.