Buccaneers edge Giants in tight NFL clash

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Lacklustre for much of the game, Tom Brady did what he does best in the second half to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a comeback 25-23 NFL win over the New York Giants.

Brady threw touchdowns passes to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans as the Bucaneers overcame an early 11-point deficit to secure their sixth win of the season.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had passed Brady on Sunday for most career touchdown throws but the six-time Super Bowl champ is now back on top with 561.

Evans' diving 8-yard catch provided the go-ahead points.

But Tampa Bay (6-2) had to sweat it out.

Daniel Jones drove New York (1-7) 70 yards in 13 plays and connected with Golden Tate for a 19-yard touchdown with 28 seconds remaining.

Antoine Winfield Jr. broke up the two-point conversion pass to Dion Lewis, and Justin Watson covered the ensuing onside kick to seal the Buccaneers' victory.

"We obviously didn't play the way we're capable of, but it was good to get a win," Brady said.

When Brady and Gronkowski combined for a three-yard scoring pass it took the former New England stars second in TDs for a duo with 93 - 21 behind Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison for the Indianapolis Colts.

Unable to connect with Evans on a two-point conversion, Brady still had his side on top 15-14, after they had trailed 14-3 in the second quarter.

After New York went back ahead on Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal, Jones was pressured into an unwise throw to Tate that Sean Murphy-Bunting picked off at the Tampa 33.

That set the stage for the 66-yard drive to the touchdown by Evans.

Jones had two costly picks, helping negate a strong effort by New York's defence.

"The interceptions were huge for us," Brady said.