Tom Brady: I don’t think I’ve ever been as confused as I was on fourth down in Chicago

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On the Buccaneers’ last offensive play in their loss to the Bears last season, Tom Brady threw an incomplete pass on what he thought was third down, then held up four fingers with a confused look on his face, showing that he was just then coming to the realization that it had actually been fourth down. Now that the Buccaneers have moved well past that and are the reigning Super Bowl champions, Brady can laugh about it.

In a video posted to TikTok, Brady narrated the play and acknowledged he was confused and believing it was third down when it was really fourth.

“You guys remember this one,” Brady said. “Fourth quarter, last chance in Chicago. I thought it was the second-to-last chance in Chicago, but apparently not. I don’t think I’ve ever been as confused as I am in this moment right here. Look at that face.”

Brady and Bruce Arians both claimed after the fact that Brady knew what down it was. Now that he’s getting his seventh Super Bowl ring, Brady can feel more comfortable admitting that he had a major bonehead play during the regular season.

34 responses to “Tom Brady: I don’t think I’ve ever been as confused as I was on fourth down in Chicago

  1. Looksl like the same face you had vs the Giants in 2 SBs and numerous other postseason games from 2007-2012 where you looked like a deer in the headlights, standing in the shotgun for 45 times a game, predictably so.

    lol

    God bless BB for pulling the plug on it.

  2. TB12 is the GOAT who cares if they lost the game? What record did the Bears have again?

  3. I love how everyone on the Bucs just tried to gaslight the public with the idea he KNEW what down it was. As if ANYBODY believed it…

  4. Can’t wait to see that confused face when McCourty or Gilmore take a pick 6 to the house on him in week 4. 🙂

  5. I’ll laugh when Belichick refers to Brady as “the quarterback on the other team” instead of by name in the week 4 postgame 😀

  6. When your brilliance outweighs your mistakes you elevate to excellence. A highlight reel of Brady’s mistakes would be very short.

  7. “won’t see Rodgers admitting anything like this, or most qb’s for that matter”

    Brady lied about it right after the game. Telling the truth many months after it happened is nothing to brag about. IT’s like Brady’s lame excuses he gives when he doesn’t shake the hand of the QB that beat him.

  8. Looksl like the same face you had vs the Giants in 2 SBs and numerous other postseason games from 2007-2012 where you looked like a deer in the headlights, standing in the shotgun for 45 times a game, predictably so.

    lol

    God bless BB for pulling the plug on it.
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    Yet, in both of those games Brady was able to lead the offense to a late score and the defense collapsed. If the vaunted BB defense was just able to make one stop they would have won both games. Let’s not even talk about the second SB against the Eagles and how Nick Foles carved up that BB defense.

  9. Lingering effects from too many hits from Strahan…13 years later.

  10. touchback6 says:
    June 2, 2021 at 12:29 pm
    Looksl like the same face you had vs the Giants in 2 SBs and numerous other postseason games from 2007-2012 where you looked like a deer in the headlights, standing in the shotgun for 45 times a game, predictably so.
    lol

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    Brady 7, Manning 2. “He who laughs last, laughs best.”

  11. He’s an all-time great and by all accounts a very good guy, but the certainty and indignation he lied with at his post-Bears press conference gives me pause.

  12. I don’t think any reasonable person could hold it against TB that he forgot. Things happen, even to the best. Doesn’t affect his legacy.

    But the fact he lied about it immediately afterwards says that his instinct is to duck responsibility, which leads one to wonder about his veracity on other things, like deflategate.

  13. That’s been one of my biggest issues with Brady, is him lying about things. Like when he fumbled against the Raiders in the AFCCG and moped back to the sideline with his head down before the refs made up a new rule to keep the game alive… After the game he was all, “Oh I knew it was an incomplete pass!” BS. How about just not answer the question instead of blatantly lie if you’re not man enough to admit the truth?

  14. jjackwagon says:
    June 2, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    Still hasn’t won a SB without a top-10 defense.

    Great, neither did Montana

  15. Confusion is a common feeling in Chicago… especially among bears fans.

  16. But didn’t they go out of their way to convince us that he knew what down it was?

  17. That aberration is in the rear view mirror, guarantee something like that won’t happen at any point this year.

  18. But the fact he lied about it immediately afterwards

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    I think Bruce Arian said Brady knew it was 4th down, Brady didn’t say anything.

  19. He’s laughing now but at the time we all know he was chewing nails.

  20. You would think after all those SB rings he would’ve been secure enough just to stand at the podium in Chicago and admit his error.

  21. Nice to see that even the GOAT admits his mistakes. Everyone makes them…don’t feel bad about owning up to them.

  22. So this is what the haters jump on him for? We all had brainfarts, hadn’t we?

  23. In fairness, it’s extremely rare for teams to ever need a 3rd down against the Bears, let alone a 4th.

  24. When you have taken somewhere around 17,000 snaps, I guess it’s okay to not know the down once.

  25. so, Brady is a liar

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    Show me where and when Brady said he knew it was 4th down.

  26. That’s been one of my biggest issues with Brady, is him lying about things. Like when he fumbled against the Raiders in the AFCCG and moped back to the sideline with his head down before the refs made up a new rule to keep the game alive… After the game he was all, “Oh I knew it was an incomplete pass!” BS. How about just not answer the question instead of blatantly lie if you’re not man enough to admit the truth?

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    The Tuck rule was implemented in 1999. That game with the Raiders was in 2001. I personally would have ruled it a fumble – but the rule was not made up to save face for a QB who had yet to dominate the league or win a Super Bowl – that’s preposterous.

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