Tom Brady made a costly mistake on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ final play in Thursday night’s loss against the Chicago Bears.
Trailing 20-19 and driving for a possible game-winning field goal, Brady threw an incomplete pass down the field on fourth-and-five with 33 seconds remaining. The quarterback held up four fingers when the play ended, appearing to believe the next play was actually fourth down and Tampa Bay had another shot to stay alive.
But it was Chicago’s ball, and Tampa Bay was unable to complete the comeback.
“I know we needed a chunk and I was thinking about more yardage and it was bad execution,” Brady told reporters after the game. “I had a great opportunity there. Just didn’t execute when we needed to.”
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Brady knew it was fourth down, and the quarterback didn’t admit to thinking Tampa Bay had one more