The setting was acquainted: Tom Brady, going through an extended subject and a brief clock, and an opportunity to guide a fourth-quarter comeback.
The end result was not.
Brady, who constructed his fame for late-game heroics with dozens of fourth-quarter comebacks because the New England Patriots’ quarterback, appeared to lose monitor of downs whereas attempting to guide one other with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night time. As an alternative of his thirty eighth fourth-quarter comeback, Brady headed house from Chicago with a loss.
The stage for a trademark Brady second had been set. The Buccaneers took over the ball trailing the Bears by 20-19 with 1 minute 13 seconds left. After a fast brief move for a primary down, Brady had the ball at his 37.
Right here’s what occurred subsequent.
Brady threw a brief incomplete move supposed for Mike Evans.
He accomplished a move for 4 yards to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.
A brief move to Rob Gronkowski was incomplete.
DeAndre Houston-Carson of the Bears broke up a move supposed for Cameron Brate.
OK, did you rely the downs there? 4, proper?
Brady apparently received three.
A closeup TV shot of Brady simply after the unfinished move to Brate confirmed him seeking to the sideline and holding up 4 fingers and showing to mouth “fourth down.” Despite the fact that the Bucs had misplaced the ball on downs, Brady stayed on the sphere, apparently pondering he nonetheless had one other play.
Brady, 43, appeared pissed off after the sequence, throwing a clipboard and slamming his helmet. Requested afterward what had occurred, Brady pivoted to the results of the play.
And his coach, Bruce Arians, denied Brady had not realized it was fourth down. “Yeah, he knew, he knew,” Arians stated.
Brady centered as a substitute on the play name. The fourth-down move to Brate was an effort to get his workforce into field-goal vary, moderately than simply seize the six yards wanted for a primary down. That, Brady acknowledged, was his mistake.
“I knew we needed to achieve a bit, so I ought to have been pondering extra first down as a substitute of chunk,” he stated.
Brady completed 25 for 41 for 253 yards and a landing.
The Buccaneers and their newly signed legendary quarterback are nonetheless off to a great begin, 3-2 and in first place within the NFC South. The Bears are a shocking 4-1, however haven’t fairly established themselves as an elite workforce: Their wins are by 4, 4, 4, and 1 level, and earlier than Thursday’s win their victories had come over the Lions, the Giants and the Falcons, groups which have just one win amongst them.
The Bears beginning quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, was benched in the midst of Recreation 3, regardless of the workforce’s 2-0 document on the time.
That conveniently meant that his backup Nick Foles received to play towards the Bucs. Foles’s solely different assembly with Brady got here within the Tremendous Bowl in 2018, when he beat Brady and the Patriots to provide the Philadelphia Eagles their solely Tremendous Bowl title.
Foles completed Thursday night time’s recreation 30 of 42 for 243 yards, one landing, one interception and no forgotten downs.
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