Tom Brady Loses Observe Of Downs, Ending Bucs’ Comeback Hopes In Prime-Time Loss To Bears

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By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — Tom Brady entered Week 5 coming off certainly one of his greatest video games in years, a five-touchdown come-from-behind victory over the Chargers. It was a dynamite efficiency from the 43-year-old, who confirmed that he can nonetheless — nonetheless! — play a younger man’s sport at its very highest degree.

Luckily for us, Brady’s subsequent sport got here in prime time. And it got here simply 4 days later.

Sadly for Tom, it ended with an embarrassing blunder.

Matt Nagy considerably foolishly opted to move the ball on a second-and-9 from the Bucs’ 24-yard line with 1:28 left within the sport, with the Bears trailing by two factors. It was aggressive, as a primary down there would primarily seal the win for the house workforce. Nevertheless it was silly, as a result of an incompletion would give Tom Brady an additional 40 seconds to work with on his eventual and inevitable comeback drive.

You don’t give Tom Brady further time within the fourth quarter.

Or perhaps you do.

That move fell incomplete, the Bears threw once more on third down however accomplished it wanting the sticks, resulting in Cairo Santos kicking the go-ahead discipline objective with 1:13 left within the sport.

It was Tom Brady time. Nationwide TV. The entire soccer world watching. That is the second Brady needed when he ventured off from New England. This was his time.

And the successful drive began on a promising word, with Brady connecting with Mike Evans for 12 yards and with the receiver getting out of bounds. It was on.

However then Brady threw incomplete to Evans. Then he accomplished a brief move over the center to Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who was tackled in bounds after a achieve of simply 4. The Bucs rushed to the road on third-and-6, with Brady throwing a excessive move of Rob Gronkowski’s arms.

That led the Bucs right into a fourth-and-6, with the sport on the road. Everybody was prepared for Brady to make a Brady play. As an alternative, he took a deep shot up the left seam to Cameron Brate, who was well-covered by DeAndre Houston-Carson. The move fell to the turf harmlessly, and the Bears started celebrating.

Brady, in the meantime, started signaling with 4 fingers to the referee.

Tom Brady, not realizing he simply threw an incompletion on fourth down. (GIF from NFL.com/GamePass)

Tom Brady — the best quarterback of all time, essentially the most clutch performer in NFL historical past — one way or the other DID NOT KNOW that he had simply taken a snap on fourth down.

One way or the other, a way, Thomas Edwards Patrick Brady Jr. misplaced observe of downs on the finish of a sport in a scenario the place his workforce was trying to him to place them on his shoulders and carry them to victory.

That’s unbelievable.

Wow.

Exterior of that second, it wast only a mediocre evening for Brady, coming off his NFC Offensive Participant of the Week efficiency simply 4 days prior. Brady accomplished 25 of his 41 passes for 253 yards and one landing. He didn’t throw any interceptions, however the Chicago move rush turned up the warmth within the second half and sascked him thrice.

It was a fairly so-so evening from Brady. Right here’s a deeper take a look at what else stood out from the sport, which the Bears (and Nick Foles) gained 20-19.

The Buccaneers traveled to Chicago to tackle the Bears on Thursday Evening Soccer, with the entire nation focusing squarely on TB12. (The truth that it was a QB rematch of Tremendous Bowl LII with Nick Foles beginning for Chicago actually added some intrigue, too.)

Right here’s the way it went for ol’ Tommy Boy in his first sport underneath the lights as a member of the Buccaneers.

STILL THE GUN

One factor that’s actually stood out about Brady over the previous 5 days is his velocity. The fellows is simply zinging missiles on the market.

It was evident Thursday on Brady’s landing move to Mike Evans within the first quarter:

And it was evident on another balls that left trails of smoke on them all through the evening:

 

Tom Brady to Tanner Hudson (GIF from NFL.com/GamePass)

Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski (GIF from NFL.com/GamePass)

HE MAD

The Bucs led 13-Zero earlier than falling behind 14-13 earlier than halftime. Within the third quarter, the Bucs’ offense confronted a second-and-27, a first-and-30 and a third-and-27.

That’s not preferrred. None of it.

Whether or not it was offensive move interference on Evans, or pointless roughness on Ryan Jensen, or holding on Tristan Wirfs, or unlawful contact on Rob Gronkowski, or holding on Alex Cappa, it appeared like Brady didn’t recognize the shortage of self-discipline when he obtained to the sideline after getting hit whereas chucking a deep prayer on a third-and-a-million.

Rumor has it he was parroting Will Ferrell’s locker room speech from “Outdated Faculty.”

OLD MAN CAN STILL MOVE

As you absolutely know, 43-year-old individuals don’t play within the NFL. It’s unsafe. In the event that they do, they kick. They actually don’t stand within the pocket as 265-pound machines come charging at them from each angle. It’s unsafe.

But Brady’s nonetheless taking part in, and he’s nonetheless displaying the identical pocket consciousness that made him particular within the early 2000s.

It gained’t make Sportscenter. (Do the youngsters nonetheless watch SportsCenter??) Nevertheless it’s price a word sometimes that this has by no means been accomplished earlier than.

OLD MAN GOT HIT

Roy Robertson-Harris hits Tom Brady. (Photograph by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Pictures)

Khalil Mack is a daunting human being. His soccer card says he’s 6-foot-3, 260 kilos. Seems like a low estimate, to be trustworthy.

In any case, Brady obtained round Wirfs to sack Brady within the third quarter, after which he went forward and seemed like an actual life Captain America by dumping Wirfs to the turf.

OK then.

Later within the third, Mack slammed Brady to the turf, drawing a penalty flag and galvanizing Brady to lean over and scream in Mack’s face.

Brady was additionally very fortunate to keep away from harm after this very low (and a bit late) hit by Mario Edwards:

Mario Edwards hits Tom Brady (GIF from NFL.com/GamePass)

In a sport the place roughly 11,000 flags have been thrown (together with a flat-out dangerous roughing the passer penalty that bailed out Foels), that one oddly didn’t result in a name. That was expensive, too, because the play resulted in a Ke’Shawn Vaughn fumble that led to the Bears’ go-ahead landing.

BEST BUDS REUNITED

Rob Gronkowski loves Tom Brady as a lot as anyone loves anyone else on this chilly, darkish world. It’s very candy.

And with O.J. Howard struggling a season-ending harm on Sunday, Gronk knew that it was lastly time to activate his superpowers. After Gronkowski had simply 9 catches for 88 yards within the Bucs’ first 4 video games, he delivered a three-catch, 52-yard efficiency vs. the Bears. He additionally had a 16-yard completion taken away on account of an offensive move interference penalty on Evans.

It wasn’t a gaudy 11-catch, 153-yard, 2-TD efficiency like a 23-year-old Gronk might put forth. However for the primary time in a very long time, 87 seemed like 87. That was about the one factor that made Brady smile on this evening.

WHOZTHATGUY?

Tom Brady is the all-time chief in inspiring viewers at dwelling across the nation to disgustedly yell, “Wait … WHO caught that move?”

It occurred final yr on a Thursday evening sport, when Brady was throwing passes to Gunner Olszewski and Jakobi Myers. This yr on a Thursday evening, Tyler Johnson and Tanner Hudson crammed that function.

THE QB SNEAK LIVES

No person’s been higher at working the quarterback sneak within the historical past of soccer than Tom Brady. That could be a truth.

And he confirmed he’s nonetheless obtained the key juice when Bruce Arians rolled the cube and went for it on a fourth-and-1 at his personal 19-yard line early within the second quarter.

ARIANS HAD BRADY’S BACK

Bear in mind again in Week 1, when Bruce Arians blamed Brady for an interception, solely to come back again a day or two later and proper himself, noting that Evans was guilty?

It appears as if the coach is just not taking part in the blame sport anymore.

“Yeah, he know,” Arians mentioned when requested if Brady knew what down it was on the ultimate offensive play. “He knew.”

That’s good.

However uhh … additionally he didn’t know.

LOOKING AHEAD

You recognize that Brady will wish to transfer on from this one as quickly as he can. As a result of … yikes.

And who’s subsequent on Tampa’s schedule? Why it’s Aaron Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers.

That’ll make for some good tv, a technique or one other.

ULTIMATE YEESH MOMENT

Make no mistake: All the pieces you simply learn and watched? It’ll all be ignored by everybody. It’s attainable that you simply ignored all of it, scrolling to the underside to succeed in the ultimate level. SHAME ON YOU! GIFs take time, you realize.

In any case. That was a colossal blunder by Brady. It’s not that it was the lone motive the Buccaneers misplaced the sport. It’s actually attainable that the Bears would have ended up developing with a fifth-down cease. The Bucs additionally dedicated 11 penalties for 109 yards and fumbled the ball in their very own territory. Their execution was missing.

It was not, general, a championship efficiency.

Nonetheless … STILL! Wow. Tom Brady with a choke within the clutch.

Solely in 2020, individuals. Solely in 2020.

You may e mail Michael Hurley or discover him on Twitter @michaelFhurley.

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