July 27, 2021

Tom Brady, seemingly unaware it was fourth down, throws incomplete and Bears hold on to beat Buccaneers

Once again, Nick Foles’ team got the best of Tom Brady’s team.

Unlike Super Bowl LII, neither quarterback covered himself in glory. This one ended in the weirdest way possible, with Brady remaining on the field thinking he had one more play to work with, after he lost track of what down it was.

After a horrible Buccaneers three-and-out in which only 16 seconds came off the clock on those three plays, the Bears got the ball at their own 48-yard line with a little more than two minutes left. Foles, who had some awful throws Thursday night, made a couple clutch passes to get the Bears in position to win 20-19 with a 38-yard field goal with a little more than a minute to go.

Brady had a final chance. After getting a first down, the drive bogged down when Brady missed Rob Gronkowski over the middle on third down and then his pass on fourth down was broken up. After Brady threw incomplete on fourth down, he turned to the officials signaling that he thought he had a fourth down to work with. He did not. He went to the officials for an explanation. The fact that the Bucs had just turned the ball over on downs didn’t change.

His explanation didn’t shed much light on the situation.

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