Tom Brady’s Amazing Streak Is Over as Tampa Bay Lose to the Browns

When you think about Tom Brady’s NFL career, one word that generally springs to mind for many fans is consistency. The reason the 45-year-old is still capable of playing at the very highest level is the work he puts in every single week, but it appears that some of the gloss is starting to come off for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.

In their most recent loss, which leaves Todd Bowles’ side at 5-6, Brady saw his side lose in overtime. The manner of the defeat is one that Brady has never experienced before and something he won’t want to repeat.

Amazingly, the seven-time Super Bowl winner had never lost a game when leading by seven or more points with two minutes left on the clock, a run that had lasted 218 games, until on this occasion when the Cleveland Browns tied the game with 32 seconds of regulation time left before then winning the game with 19 seconds left of overtime.

Despite their losing record, the Buccaneers still lead a very poor NFC South, and therefore when you check out the current NFL odds and predictions, there is still hope for Tampa, and once a team gets to the post-season, anything can happen, and when you have a figurehead of Brady’s stature, there is still hope.

Brady commented on the loss in a very honest fashion;

"Seventeen points isn't going to do it,"

"That's basically what we've been doing all year. It's like the same thing. ... We had our chances. Just didn't make the plays, and they did." Brady added.

Tampa had seemingly got their season back on track with wins over the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks and was expected to defeat an out-of-sorts Browns team who had lost six of their previous seven.

There is now speculation as to whether Brady may definitively call time on his NFL career at the end of this season, having briefly quit the game earlier this year. His contract with the Buccaneers will expire at the end of the current season, and if he fails to secure a second Super Bowl with Tampa Bay, perhaps he’ll consider new options rather than leave the game entirely.

Former Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, who left over the off-season, believes he’ll stick with Tampa;

"He loves it here,"

"He loves his teammates, his coaches, and the organization. If he decides to play next season, I think it will be with the Buccaneers."

After 23 seasons in the NFL, Brady has certainly earned the right to leave the league and is already lined up to work with Fox Sports as an analyst. He is also currently navigating his way around his recent divorce from Gisele Bundchen, and that situation, and having a young family, may well play a key part in his decision-making process.

Next up for the Buccaneers is a must-win clash with the New Orleans Saints, which comes ahead of much trickier games against the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals.