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 out of Tom Brady's team.
Unlike Super Bowl LII, none of the quarterback covered themselves with fame. This one ended in the strangest way when Brady stayed on the field thinking he had another game to work with after losing track of what it was.
After a terrible Buccaneers threesome that left the clock with 16 seconds off those three games, the Bears had the ball on their own 48-yard line and there were a little over two minutes left. Foles, who had some terrible throws Thursday night, made a couple of clutch passes to get the Bears in position and win 20-19 with a 38-yard field goal, just over a minute from the end.
Brady had one last chance. After a first descent, the ride stalled when Brady Rob Gronkowski missed in the middle on the third descent and his pass was interrupted on the fourth descent. After Brady had an incomplete throw in fourth place, he turned to the officials and signaled that he believed he was working with fourth place. He did not. He went to the officials for an explanation. The fact that the Bucs had just turned the ball on downs didn't change.
His explanation did not shed much light on the situation.
It was a strange night and in the end the Bears improved to 4-1 and the Buccaneers to 3-2. Brady sure has a lot of old jokes to make about forgetting what it was.
A back and forth fight
The Buccaneers, who had won three games, came out like they were going to keep rolling. They were 13-0 in the middle of the second quarter. The bear offensive was still in full swing.
Then Chicago got a big chunk and a favorable decision on it. After Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller scored a touchdown to reduce the Bucs lead to 13-7, he hit Tampa Bay with Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Fuller was marked for an illegal hit, but that was picked up after some discussion. Then the piece was checked and it was decided that Vaughn was making a catch and fumbling. The Bears made money and scored a touchdown to lead into halftime at 14-13.
The defense tightened afterwards. The Buccaneers had a field goal to regain the lead. The Bears had a field goal to take the lead early in the fourth quarter. With 4:49 left, Ryan Succop hit another field goal at the end of a long drive and the Bucs were again in the lead 19-17.
Both offenses could barely find room to move the ball.
The Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) are attacked in the end zone by Tampa Bay Buccaneer's nose tackle Vita Vea (50) after a touchdown. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)
Bucs cannot move it on the last two drives
When the bears got the ball back, the buccaneers seemed to stop. A very questionable penalty against Shaq Barrett kept the ride alive. Then the Bucs held Chicago down only three more times, forcing a boat.
The Tampa Bay offense had a disappointing ride thereafter. They went three and four and only needed 16 seconds for those three games. The bears had the ball just behind midfield with 2:21. At that point, Brady and the offense hadn't done much to win the game.
Foles met Anthony Miller to get an important third-down conversion. Foles, who was far away on a couple of throws Thursday night, floated a nice pass for 17 yards into Montgomery to get the bears within field goal range. Cairo Santos hit a 38-yarder 1:13 to give the bears the lead.
Then came Brady's last ride. After an initial descent, Brady tossed Mike Evans incompletely, then on the second descent he hit Vaughn over the middle of the first descent. The third relegation was incomplete for Gronkowski, the fourth also incomplete, and the game was practically over despite Brady not knowing it. It's hard to know how Brady even missed that he already exhausted the fourth down as the first three downs were pretty normal.
Brady is one of the smartest and most experienced quarterbacks of all time. But it's 2020 and everyone is losing track of time or downs.
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