The defense of the Super Bowl got under way on a Thursday night league opening 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
SCORING TB 5:23-1Q Godwin 5 pass from Brady (Succop kick) DAL 1:35-1Q Lamb 22 pass from Prescott (Zuerlein kick) TB 9:48-2Q Gronkowski 2 pass from Brady (Succop kick) DAL 4:20-2Q Cooper 5 pass from Prescott (Zuerlein kick) DAL 3:16-2Q Zuerlein FG35 TB 2:38-2Q Brown 47 pass from Brady (Succop kick) DAL 9:15-3Q Zuerlein FG21 TB 2:38-3Q Gronkowski 11 pass from Brady (Succop kick) DAL 0:33-3Q Cooper 21 pass from Prescott (Zuerlein kick) DAL 1:24-4Q Zuerlein FG48 TB 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 OLB 9 Tryon WR 14 Godwin LCB 24 Davis QB 12 Brady RCB 23 Murphy-Bunting RB 7 Fournette SS 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 Dryden, 2 Trask, 21 Vaughn, 33 Whitehead, 39 Cooper, 60 Leverett, 94 Davis
COMMENTARY CREW Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
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