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Tom Brady has never experienced such a football background. Nearly 70,000 fans create an unforgettable atmosphere when the Buccaneers defeat the Seahawks. Brady has plans for a return flight.

When the American classic “Sweet Caroline” blared over the loudspeakers at Munich’s Allianz Arena, football superstar Tom Brady briefly felt like an NFL event in his home country.

But the quarterback legend knew after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks that the National Football League’s first-round game in Germany was anything but normal. 69,811 rabid German soccer fans created an atmosphere that also delighted Brady.

The greatest professional footballer in history asked for a spectacular setting, and he got it. “This was one of the best football experiences of my life. It couldn’t be more fun,” said the 45-year-old football player after 21:16.

Brady with two touchdowns and an interception

Brady was seen off the field to a deafening roar and tens of thousands of cell phone lights. “It was epic,” the seven-time Superbowl winner said afterward. “Bayern” stars Jamal Musiala and Alphonso Davis were also present at his press conference.

Brady, the first quarterback to win a game in four different NFL countries, had two touchdowns and 258 passing yards. In the last quarter, the 45-year-old player also made an interception. It was the second straight win for the 2021 Superbowl winner from Florida after a mixed start to the season. Coach Todd Bowles’ team strengthened its lead in the NFC South. The Seahawks dropped their first loss after winning four straight.

German sports celebrities there

Hours before the start of the game, thousands of football fans turned the esplanade in front of the Allianz Arena into a crazy NFL party. No one wanted to miss Brady’s first performance, not even German celebrities. Thomas Müller, Musiala and Co. gathered on the sidelines before leaving for the World Cup venue for the national soccer team; Their Bundesliga counterparts Mats Hummels (Dortmund) and Christoph Kramer (Mönchengladbach) as well as tennis player Alexander Zverev watched the football match from the stands. The demand was so great that more than three million tickets could be sold.

Everyone had to be patient until the first points. Perhaps the stress of the journey and the flight was initially responsible for the lack of focus on both sides. Seattle’s burgeoning playmaker Geno Smith fumbled on a pass attempt and the Buccaneers missed a field goal attempt.

It wasn’t until early in the second quarter that Brady fired up the fans. As loud “Seahawks” chants filled the arena, the 45-year-old quarterback tossed the ball to Jones. The speedy pass receiver danced around the Seahawks defense and raced into the end zone. After another touchdown, Tampa Bay went into halftime with a 14-0 lead.

League president Roger Goodell watched the action with a satisfied expression. The atmosphere should be reason enough for the 63-year-old commissioner to bring more games from the world’s top soccer league to Germany in the future. Before kick-off, Bild reported that there should be another game next year in addition to the already scheduled Frankfurt/Main game.

Goodell witnessed an extended party that became one of his highlights after intermission to DJ Ötzi’s Hey Baby. “I liked it: Definitely want to come back,” Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones said. When a field goal put the Seahawks on the scoreboard for the first time, even the green-and-blue-clad fans were truly horrified.

Who wasn’t impressed at first? Of course, Brady, who announced his lightning-quick return just 40 days later in March. The seven-time Super Bowl champion showed off his skills with his second touchdown in the final quarter. The Seahawks then launched their final drive, also thanks to Brady’s intercepted pass, too late. “I don’t know if we have alcohol on board. I don’t drink much. But I’ll have a few beers,” Brady said.

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