NFL. Brady show in Munich. The Buccaneers beat the Seahawks

Quarterback Tom Brady (r) and his Buccaneers beat the Seahawks.  Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa

Quarterback Tom Brady (r) and his Buccaneers beat the Seahawks. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa

During Brady’s speech in Munich, about 70,000 people celebrate a wild football party. The Buccaneers beat the Seahawks. The game is the best advertisement for the German NFL market.

MUNICH – Superstar Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the first major league game of the National Football League in Germany against a glittering backdrop. Florida Southern beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 at the remodeled Allianz Arena in Munich, sending their fans in red and white into ecstasy.

Quarterback Brady threw two touchdown passes and gained 258 yards passing. In the last quarter, the 45-year-old player also made an interception.

It was the second straight win for the 2021 Superbowl winner 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.

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. Later, around 69,800 people continued to celebrate in the stadium and made a deafening noise with La Ola waves. Most of them did not stay in their seats for a minute. According to the league, the rush for tickets to the first NFL game in Germany was huge. About three million tickets could be sold.

German sports celebrities there

German sports celebrities also did not want to miss Brady’s first performance. Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala and Co. gathered on the sidelines before heading to 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 historic football match from the stands.

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 echoed around the arena, the 45-year-old quarterback tossed the ball to Julio Jones. The speedy pass receiver danced around the Seahawks defense and raced into the end zone. After another punt, the 2021 Superbowl winner took a 14-0 halftime 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. When a field goal put the Seahawks on the board for the first time, the Green and Blue fans went wild for the first time.

Who wasn’t impressed at first? Of course, Tom Brady, who announced his blitzkrieg return just 40 days later in March. The most successful football player in history showed his skills with his second touchdown in the last quarter. The Seahawks then began their final drive, also thanks to Brady’s interception. quarterback Smith found first Tyler Lockett, then Marquise Goodwin. The Seahawks battled, but the Buccaneers eventually won. The Munich game was the best advertisement for the German NFL market.

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