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“His Job Was on the Line, and That Hug Showed It”: Tom Brady and Byron Leftwich’s Viral ‘Hug’ Moment Sends NFL World Into a Frenzy

Published 11/07/2022, 3:30 PM EST

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Big-time moments need big-time players. And there’s no bigger name than Buccaneers’ main-man Tom Brady. The GOAT pulled off yet another comeback drive, in the end, to win a thriller against the LA Rams. A lot was on line and emotions were running high on the sidelines.

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After three back-to-back defeats, Tampa Bay was in trouble. And so was Tampa’s offensive coordinator and former Buccaneer Byron Leftwich. After the game-winning touchdown on Sunday, Byron and Brady engaged in an emotional moment, and NFL fan reactions to this were wholesome and hilarious.


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Did TB12 just save the Bucs and Byron Leftwich?

After three consecutive defeats against the Steelers, Panthers, and Ravens, TB12 and the Buccaneers have finally come to their winning ways. Tom Brady recorded his 100,000 passing yards mark and his 69th career game-winning drive to beat Aaron Donald’s LA Rams. Tampa Tom was having his worst season start in over two decades. However, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich was even more relieved after the win. This was clear in the emotional hug between him and his quarterback.

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Fans reacted to this wholesome moment. However, they think this was more of a ‘thank you’ hug from the Bucs OC since the 3 previous losses put tremendous pressure on his job. Byron Leftwich spent nine years in the NFL as a quarterback with the Jaguars, the Buccaneers, and two stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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Brady led the offensive drive down the middle with tight end Cade Otton, who also got the winning touchdown for Tampa. Fans think this might be their turning point in this NFL season.

Fans shared their support for the seven-time Super Bowl champion who left LA Rams head coach Sean McVay in disbelief after the game.

Can Tom Brady and Co. continue the winning run?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently 4-5 after their latest win. And the road ahead is not easy. Things didn’t look good for the Bucs in the Rams game after Scottie Miller dropped a TD catch in the end zone with only two minutes remaining. However, Tom Brady once again came to his team’s rescue and passed for a total of 280 yards in the winning effort. Some fans think this is not enough to win another Super Bowl.


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Fans think the Bucs need to improve before their next encounter with the 6-3 NFC West leaders, Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 31-21 in Week 9 SNF under Geno Smith’s quarterbacking.


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Is this the season comeback Tom Brady was waiting for? And will Byron Leftwich stay with the Buccaneers next season? The Buccaneers have injuries on their roster and a lot to overcome when Tom Brady and Co. travel to Seattle in Week 10.

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Rivu Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favourites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC and Formula 1.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial