So much for his injured left knee.
He also threw his first touchdown to new top wide receiver Danny Amendola on his first series and left after the second.
"Tom's like a coach out there on the field," Amendola said. "He knows every intricacy of the offense. He helps young guys out a lot. He's a leader."
Brady, who bypassed waiting reporters after Thursday's joint walkthrough with the Buccaneers (0-2), did it again after his outstanding performance. He left the locker room quickly without holding his usual postgame news conference and the team offered no explanation.
An MRI on his left knee had been negative and he participated fully in the walkthrough.
"We're so far past that," he said. "We're way beyond that."
"We just have to find a way to overcome adversity," Freeman said. "We battled to the end."
Amendola, signed as a free agent from St. Louis, caught six passes for 71 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown on the game's first series. Brady completed all eight of his passes for 72 yards, even adding a 2-point conversion pass to rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld after Amendola's touchdown.
Then Brady connected on his first three throws on his next possession, reaching 107 yards passing for the night, before missing Amendola on third-and-7.
Brady has played four series in two games, starting with a 31-22 win over Philadelphia, and completed 18 of 20 passes for 172 yards.
"He's worked hard to learn our offense, a little different than what they did at Nevada," Belichick said. "He's got to learn how to be an on-the-line tight end, but he's making progress. He's got a long way to go."
"It was definitely something I shouldn't have thrown," he said. "You want to do your best and play to the best of your ability and have it all go right, and sometimes it doesn't. You just have to keep going."
Tebow also ran six times for 30 yards.
Freeman was under pressure from the start eight days after playing well in a 44-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Patriots waited until Glennon's third play to sack him when Rob Ninkovich tackled him for a 6-yard loss. But on the Bucs' next series, the third-round draft pick from North Carolina State threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree as they cut the lead to 11-7. Glennon completed 12 of 22 passes for 121 yards and threw another touchdown pass, 1-yard to David Douglas.
New England's defense made another big play against Glennon when rookie Logan Ryan returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown with 8:47 left in the third quarter.
NOTES: Among the Bucs recovering from injuries who didn't play were cornerback Darrelle Revis, placekicker Lawrence Tynes and offensive guard Carl Nicks. ... Patriots defensive backs Devin McCourty and Alfonzo Dennard also sat out as they come back from injuries. ... Gostkowski put the Patriots ahead 11-0 with a 39-yard field goal but missed a 50-yarder after two penalties pushed the Patriots back 15 yards.
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