Tom Brady appeared to commit a mental error at the worst possible time Thursday night. The Buccaneers quarterback signaled that he thought he had one more play after turning the ball over on downs to the Bears late in the fourth quarter.
Tampa Bay needed just a field goal to win and was trying to get into position for it. The Bucs had a first-and-10 at their 37 when Brady:
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Threw incomplete to Mike Evans.
Threw a 4-yard dumpoff to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.
Threw incomplete to Rob Gronkowski.
Threw incomplete to Cameron Brate.
Brady put up four fingers after the last pass as if to ask, “Isn’t it fourth down?”
He said after the game that he made a bad decision to throw downfield.
“I knew we needed a chunk and I was thinking about more yardage and then, you know, it was just, it was bad execution. We had a great opportunity there. So just didn’t execute when we needed to,” Brady told reporters after the game,” he said in response to one question.
“Yeah, we just, you’re up against the clock and . . . I knew we had to gain a chunk so I should have been thinking more first down instead of chunk on that down,” he said when asked a second time.
Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians told reporters after the game that Brady did not screw up the downs. “Yeah, he knew. He knew,” Arians said (video clip starts at 26 seconds.)
Twitter isn’t going to buy that. It has already up its mind about what happened. Everything from J.R. Smith to Ric Flair to Brady playing golf with Tiger Woods got used in the responses:
I can’t believe 6X Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady lost track of downs in their 20-19 loss to the Bears. 😧
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 9, 2020
Tom Brady not locked 🔒 in during a 2 min drive?!?! 🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️ man I have seen it all in 2020
— Tori Gurley (@TGurley81) October 9, 2020