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NFL: How, When to Watch Anticipated Patriots vs. Buccaneers Sunday Night Football Game

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NFL quarterback Tom Brady makes his historic return to the home of the New England Patriots tonight for the first time since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This is a match-up you won’t want to miss. If you have cable television, make sure you tune into NBC by 8:20 p.m. EST for kickoff. Or you can watch it on or the NBC Sports App if you can log in with a TV provider.

No cable? No problem. NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will be streaming the game tonight. You can watch it live at 8:20 p.m. with a $4.99 subscription.

Brady ended his 20-year career with the Patriots last year, in March 2020, according to PopCulture. The famous quarterback joined the Buccaneers and quickly turned their team into one of the best in the league. He won his seventh Super Bowl title with the Bucs earlier this year, adding another ring to the six in his collection from the Patriots.

But this season’s already been off to a rocky start for Brady. The Bucs won their first two games but lost to the Los Angeles Rams last weekend 34-24. As excited as Brady is to come home, he’s also trying to stay focused on the task at hand.

 “I’m not going to necessarily reminisce,” Brady told Jim Gray on the SiriusXM “Let’s Go!” podcast. “I don’t think this is the moment for that. I’ll have plenty of opportunities to reminisce about my football career — none of which I really care to do right now because I’m so much in the moment.”

He continued, “I’m not going to be thinking about 20 years of history. I’m going to be thinking about one night of football, a Sunday night game coming off a really tough loss.”    

Tom Brady’s Former Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Focusing on Beating Buccaneers

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots are going into this game 1-2. They need a solid win if they want to be contenders for the playoffs. Last year, after Brady left, was the first year the team missed the playoffs since 2008.

While Patriots coach Bill Belichick is happy that Brady’s doing well with the Bucs, he still has no qualms about doing everything he can to beat the Florida team.

“I’m not going to go back and rehash all that,” Belichick said about Brady leaving New England, according to PopCulture. “We’ve talked about that. Really my focus is on the game here.”

The coach continued, “Look, I have so much respect and appreciation for Tom and everything he did here, and for me and for our team. We’re just getting ready to compete against Tampa this week and we’re going to keep our focus on that.”