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Nick Foles Joins Exclusive NFL Club with Second Career Win over Tom Brady

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Nick Foles joined a very exclusive club on Thursday night after guiding the Chicago Bears to a 20-19 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The win over the Bucs makes Foles only the fourth quarterback in NFL history along with Jake Plummer, Brian Griese and Cam Newton to have multiple career wins over Tom Brady without ever being on the losing side against the six-time Super Bowl champion.

To put the achievement into context, Brady has played 331 games between regular season and playoffs since he entered the NFL in 2000, losing just 77 of them. Of those 77 losses, only nine have come against quarterbacks Brady has never defeated and five of those nine have come against the Denver Broncos.

Foles’ first start for the Bears on Thursday night marked just the second time he and Brady had crossed path since Super Bowl LII, when the now Bears quarterback became only the second quarterback after Eli Manning to defeat Brady in a Super Bowl—Manning pulled off the feat twice, as the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI—and was named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise win over the New England Patriots.

Of the other three quarterbacks to register multiple career wins over Brady without ever losing to the three-time MVP, Plummer is the only one to have managed it three times. The second-round pick of the 1997 NFL Draft defeated Brady twice in the same season, as the Denver Broncos won 28-20 in New England in Week 6 of the 2005 season, before beating the Patriots 27-13 in the Divisional Round three months later.

The latter win snapped New England’s 11-game winning streak in the postseason and was the Broncos’ first playoff win

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Tom Brady still has a few firsts left in his career

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With a game as up and down as Sunday’s comeback win over the Chargers, there’s bound to be a few notable stats. Here are a few that really stand out:

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Time in Tom Brady’s career that he has thrown a touchdown to five different receivers in a game. And that first came Sunday with the Bucs.

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Pick-sixes this season by Brady, who has never thrown three in a season and has multiples in the same season only two other times in his career (2015, 2001).

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Career fumble recoveries by Devin White, tied with Cincinnati’s Vonn Bell for most since the beginning of the 2019 season.

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Games in which Brady had thrown for 300 yards and five or more touchdowns, tied with Peyton Manning for second-most in NFL history. Drew Brees leads with nine. Brady, 43, is also the oldest quarterback to throw five or more touchdowns in a game.

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Times that the Bucs have started the season 3-1 in the franchise’s 45-year history. The last time was 2011, and they finished 4-12.

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Touchdown passes for Brady through the first four games, tying Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018) for most in Bucs history.

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Career touchdown catches by Cameron Brate, tied for fifth most in franchise history

34

Career comeback wins (10-point deficit or more) by Brady — including the postseason — which is the most in NFL history.

46

Rushing yards the Bucs allowed to the Chargers, marking the third time in team history they have held consecutive opponents to 50 or fewer in a game.

68

Bruce Arians’ age; his birthday was Saturday. In the locker room after Sunday’s win, he said when the Bucs are on their game, “We’re hard to beat. That’s a helluva birthday present.”

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Quarterbacks Brady has faced over his