Tom Brady is used to setting new records but he wouldn’t have wanted this one.
The 45-year-old became the most sacked quarterback in NFL history in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 27-22 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football.
Brady was sacked twice late in the first half to initially tie and then break the record previously held by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
In truth, it’s no surprise that Brady is the most sacked quarterback in NFL history since he’s been playing in the league for over two decades and that doesn’t do much to shake his amazing legacy in sport.
Perhaps more concerning for the seven-time Super Bowl champion is that the Bucs have now lost three straight, the first time that has happened in Brady’s career since 2002.
It marks a new low in a difficult season for Brady and the Buccaneers.
“I don’t think you can erase what’s happened in the last eight weeks,” a dejected Brady, who threw for a touchdown in the loss, told reporters after the game.
“We have to dig deep, see what we are, come to work, try to improve and give ourselves a better chance of winning.”
Despite a nightmarish season since coming out of retirement in March, Brady reaffirmed his commitment to the Bucs amid rumors that a second retirement was imminent.
His performance on the field, however, hasn’t been what we expected of the greatest quarterback of all time, but he’s not being helped by his team.
Between struggling connections with his offensive weapons, a porous offensive line and a faltering running game, the problems are piling up for the franchise.
They held a 10-3 lead at the end of the first half on Thursday, but the Ravens took full control in the second.
“We just didn’t play well enough to win,” Brady added.
On the other end, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson continued his strong performance streak, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for nearly 50 yards in the win, bringing Baltimore’s record to 5-3.