What Tom Brady said about fourth down fail vs. Bears

Last night’s Buccaneers vs. Bears game looked as if it would have a signature Tom Brady finish to it. Down by a score of 20-19 with 1:13 remaining, Brady and  Tampa Bay  got the ball back. Brady has 46 career game-winning drives, trailing only Peyton Manning  (54), Drew Brees  (50)…

Last night’s Buccaneers vs. Bears game looked as if it would have a signature Tom Brady  finish to it. Down by a score of 20-19 with 1:13 remaining, Brady and Tampa Bay got the ball back.

Brady has 46 career game-winning drives, trailing only Peyton Manning  (54), Drew Bress   (50) and Dan Marino (47). However, last night was not meant to be.

On fourth down and six from his own 41-yard line, Brady threw an incomplete pass, intended for tight end Cameron Brate. After the incompletion, Brady stayed on the field and seemed confused about the downs, holding four fingers in the air indicating he thought the offense had one more shot. After the game, Brady deflected questions that asked him whether he was aware of the situation.

“Yeah, I knew we needed a chunk and I was thinking about more yardage,” Brady said. “It was bad execution. We had a great opportunity there. Just didn’t execute when we needed to.”

Throughout the game, both defenses were battling and hitting the opposing quarterback early and often. Brady seemed to be rattled a few times as he was sacked three times during the game and was seen pretty frustrated on the sideline.

The 44-year-old quarterback deflected again when he was asked repeatedly if he knew what down it was.

“Yeah, you’re up against the clock. I knew we had to gain a chunk so I should have been thinking more first down instead of chunk,” he said.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians also stood up for his veteran quarterback when asked the same question.

“Yeah, he knew, he knew,” Arians said.

In the loss, Brady completed 25 of 41 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown. His leading receiver was Tyler Johnson, who caught four passes for 61 yards.

Tampa Bay is 3-2 after the loss while Chicago improved to 4-1 on the season. The Bears’ quarterback last night was Nick Foles,   who has now beaten Brady in his last two starts against him.

The first start against Brady came in Super Bowl LII when Foles was with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles won that game by a score of 41-33.

Foles completed 30 of 42 pass attempts last night for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“I missed one specifically where I was rolling to the right and had A-Rob and I was shocked it came off my hand like it did and it just didn’t come off right,” Foles said. “But other than that, it felt good. There’s obviously some throws where stepping up a couple times, you get hit and you can’t really get it out there, but there’ll be a lot of things that we can look at on film to get better at because we left some stuff out there. But they did some nice things on defense to make it so it was a little difficult to do that, so they did a nice job.”

The accuracy got a lot better following an interception in that first quarter. Foles got hot and went 11 of 15 for 99 yards and a touchdown in that first half. He was a different quarterback and was able to make some accurate throws to keep Chicago in the game. However, none may have been bigger than his 17-yard second-down completion to running back David Montgomery  on a wheel route during the game-winning drive.

“Yeah, they were showing a pressure look and they did bring pressure but I was trying to figure out where the safety would be,” Foles said. “So we were able to get ourselves into a play to where we get David on linebacker or safety going up the side and we were able to get a little bit of a pick action, the defender sort of collided and dropped it in there where he could make a play and only that was a huge play in the game to get us into really good field goal range for chiropractic to kick it through.”

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