Tom Brady explains fourth-down confusion on Buccaneers’ final drive of loss to Bears
The Bears seemed to seal the 20:19 win over the Buccaneers in an amazing way: with a mental flaw from Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady.
After the Bears took the lead, 1 minute and 13 seconds ahead of former chiefs-kicker Cairo Santos' field goal, many onlookers thought Chicago had given Brady too much time to make a comeback.
Instead, something strange happened. With the Buccaneers facing fourth and sixth places from their own 41-yard line, Brady attempted to complete a pass-down field to end Cameron Brate. When the ball fell incompletely, Brady held up four fingers, seeming to signal that Tampa Bay had another failure.
After the game, Brady and Buccaneer's coach Bruce Arians said Brady knew it was fourth residue.
"Yes," Brady said on USA Today. "You're against the clock and you're against - I knew we had to win a part, so I should have thought down first than a part."
According to Yahoo Sports, Arians said, “Yes, he knew. He knew."
Others weren't so sure.
"At the end of the game, it's something you would never expect from one of the greatest players of all time," said Tony Gonzalez, former chief executive, on Fox's post-game show. "It's something they train in high schools and college. It was just weird. I would never expect Tom Brady to lose sight of the Downs, but it happened."
Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner said of the Washington Post, "It was amazing to see what happened at the end of the game."
Doug Kyed, who covers the Patriots for NESN, noted that New England's Brian Hoyer lost sight of Monday's defeat to the Chiefs with this joke:
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