Backed up to the fringe of his goal line in Sunday’s third quarter, Tom Brady handed off to Ronald Jones hoping the third-year tailback would make a little headway.
He made a little history instead.
Jones' 98-yard scoring run not only was the franchise’s longest touchdown from scrimmage, but the longest offensive play in its 44-plus-season existence. The Bucs' only other 98-yard play, an interception return for a TD by Shelton Quarles against Green Bay on Oct. 7, 2001.
The previous record for longest offensive play: a 95-yard pass play from Josh Freeman to Vincent Jackson against the Saints at home on Oct. 21, 2012. The Bucs' longest run before Sunday: an 84-yarder by Doug Martin at Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2015.
Neither of those plays, however, resulted in touchdowns.