Late Cairo Santos field goal lifts Bears to 20-19 victory over Buccaneers

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Tom Brady and Nick Foles are both playing for different teams than they were the last time they met in Super Bowl LII. But just like that February day in 2018, it was Foles that emerged victorious on Thursday night in Chicago.

Cairo Santos converted a 38-yard field goal with 1:13 left to play as the Bears earned a 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The game was far from the offensive shootout the Super Bowl was. Foles completed 30 of 42 passes for 243 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception on the night for the Bears.

Brady and the Buccaneers controlled much of the first half before a late first half flurry found Tampa Bay trailing at halftime.

Ryan Succop converted field goals from 39 and 35 yards and Brady tossed a 2-yard touchdown to a hobbled Mike Evans as the Buccaneers built a 13-0 lead.

The Bears finally mounted a significant drive with a 10-play, 70-yard march that led to a 3-yard David Montgomery touchdown run to close the lead to 13-7 with just under two minutes left in the half. As Tampa Bay tried to mount a two-minute drive to answer, Ke'Shawn Vaughn took a huge hit from Kyle Fuller and fumbled. The play was initially ruled an incomplete pass before being overturned on review with Robert Quinn getting the recovery.

The short field given to Chicago led to a go-ahead score before the break. Jimmy Graham made a terrific one-handed touchdown catch for a 12-yard score from Foles as the Bears took a 14-13 lead into the locker room.

Offenses then became stagnant with the teams trading lone field goals into the early stages of the fourth quarter. Succop’s 25-yard field goal with 4:49 remaining gave Tampa Bay a 19-17 lead.

The Bears were unable to mount a drive on the following possession and punted away to the Buccaneers with just 2:48 remaining. However, Brady and the Buccaneers only burned 16 seconds off the clock on their possession as Chicago took over with a final chance with 2:21 left to play.

Santos’ field goal gave the Bears the 20-19 lead but Brady and the Buccaneers still had 1:13 left for a chance to win it themselves. However, Brady seemingly lost track of the downs and an incomplete pass to Cameron Brate on a fourth-and-6 sealed the victory for Chicago.

Brady completed 25 of 41 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown while Ronald Jones rushed for 106 yards on 17 carries for the Buccaneers.

32 responses to “Late Cairo Santos field goal lifts Bears to 20-19 victory over Buccaneers

  1. When you can’t remember if it’s 3rd or 4th down anymore that’s a sign it’s time to hang it up.

  2. Tommy boy ran off the field without shaking Nick Foles’ hand, he’s a sore loser. The Buccaneers will not win until they put in Blaine Gabbert, Brady is holding this team back

  3. Tough playing the Bears and the refs that game. Some of this penalties changed the game for sure! The offsides..makes it 3rd and 17. The roughing the passer…changes the field position at end of game. Yeah Tampa didn’t do themselves favors…but those were crucial calls at crucial moments of the game!

  4. Yeesh the Bucs O Line looked bad against Mack. He took over the game along with some really weird officiating on both sides especially that roughing the passer call on Foles.

  5. Not a fan on either team but that roughing the passer play late in the 4th dictated the end of the game. It changed the field positioning even though the Bucs still stopped the Bears a few plays later. It was clearly a bang bang play and like Aikman said if there was helmet to helmet it was clearly accidental. Also, Gronk needs to hang it up. How can you be that bad after taking a year off and you are suppose to be an all time great? I mean Witten took a whole year off and still looked himself and he is much older.

  6. Tom Brady should know the down and distance.

    I don’t blame anyone for not shaking hands after a game during a time teams are dealing with covid outbreaks.

  7. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    October 8, 2020 at 11:43 pm
    When you can’t remember if it’s 3rd or 4th down anymore that’s a sign it’s time to hang it up.

    Brian Hoyer and Tom Brady finally have something in common.

  8. Brady less than an average starting QB for the last 4 years. Most major QB numbers in lower 1/4 of the league, but everyone continues to ignore it and make excuses for him. This year, well he’s in a new system. Last year, it was the talent around him. Cam seems to be doing just fine with the same crappy guys.

  9. Brady’s senior moment on national tv was tough to watch. His coaches did him no favor either for reminding him which shows how much coaching matters.

  10. Tampa’s corners can wrap there arm around a receiver and bat the ball away and in one case intercept it but when the Bears try it the laundry flies. So please stop the one sided calls narrative as there where bad calls both ways. As a Bear fan though the Annoucers where terrible almost like it was the Tampa broadcast on national TV. Every Bear fan remembers when Jay Cutler lost his mind and shouted at his line particularly JaMarcus Webb and that was classless and terrible yet when Brady yells the Announcers praise him, 6 Super bowl rings is a special deodorant, In the eyes of Official’s and Announcer’s

  11. Even Brady can’t overcome 11 penalties for 109 yards. The sequence in the third quarter when the Buccs started at the 50 and just could not get out of their own way with the O-line penalties was comical. The more things change, the more they stay the same in Tampa Bay.

  12. I noticed Brady’s failure to congratulate Nick, too. OK, maybe no handshake and hug in the Covid era, but you can at least go out onto the field and congratulate him from 6 feet away. Pretty much all other players in the league are doing that. Brady is just a classless lout. He did the same thing in the Super Bowl, failing to congratulate Nick.

  13. Bears fan here. Terrible roughing the passer call kept the drive alive for the Bears. But the Bucs also had a terrible call the other way keep a drive alive a bit earlier. Ugly game for both sides.

  14. Refs changed entire outcome of the game…hard to watch a game like that and not wonder if somebody was payin the refs to call things a certain way. Half the points the bucs had were a result of poor officiating.

  15. Brady wouldn`t have to count downs if refs did their job. Absolutely horrible callsthe entire game all against the Bucs..

  16. Cam seems to be doing just fine with the same crappy guys.


    he has thrown 2 td passes, sure he’s run in 4 but he’s not doing “fine” with those guys. everyone knows the pats are thin at wr

  17. Forgetting what down it is can either be attributed to a rookie mistake or old age creeping in.

    Well, Brady is no rookie, so…

  18. dwhite11 says:
    October 9, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Brady well past his prime.

    Did you say that last week?

    Brady has massively declined in every major Passing category for the past 3 years. This is well documented and as such is beyond dispute.

    Having a really good half of football isn’t enough for me to believe he can change that trend this year.

    Troubling stat is Brady has thrown 4 pick-sixes in the last 7 games. That’s not “GOAT” worthy …

  19. Sounds like this was more a showdown between former Chiefs Kickers.

    Santos took Succop’s spot from the Chiefs in ’14.

  20. Brady has massively declined in every major Passing category for the past 3 years. This is well documented and as such is beyond dispute.

    What “Major passing category’s “ are you referring too.

    Through the first 5 games this season his yards his TDs and QBR are up
    Compared to the first 5 games the last 3 seasons.

    He is currently third in the league in passing yards
    Tied for third in TDs
    He as almost a 3-1 td to int ratio
    He is in the top 3 in passes completed 20 or more yards downfield
    And the top 3 in yards in passes 20 or more yards down field.

    What other “major passing “ categories are there?
    Those are the ones everyone looks at.

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