October 9, 2020 | 12:36am
Nick Foles continues to have Tom Brady’s number and the Buccaneers quarterback couldn’t seem to keep his numbers straight.
Brady’s Buccaneers lost 20-19 to the Foles-led Bears in Chicago on Thursday night. It was a quarterback rematch of Super Bowl 52, when Foles’s Eagles beat Brady’s Patriots. This year’s meeting came with a bizarre ending as Brady appeared to have lost track of the downs on the game’s final play.
“He knew,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told reporters when asked if Brady was aware it was fourth down.
After his fourth-down pass to Cameron Brate over the middle was broken up with 38 seconds left, Brady lingered on the field, signaling to a nearby official that he believed Tampa Bay still had fourth down to play — putting up four fingers.
“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,” said when asked about know if it was fourth down for now,” Brady said when asked by reporters if he knew what down it was.
After he returned to the Buccaneers’ bench, Brady was shown on camera flinging a tablet in disgust after it appeared he realized his mistake. The cameras then caught Brady running off the field when the game was over leaving a confused Foles looking around as he tried to find the six-time Super Bowl champion to shake hands or exchange pleasantries. Brady also did not shake Foles’ hand after the Super Bowl loss.
“I didn’t get a chance to say anything to him,” Foles said during his on-field interview after the game. “I’m sure sometime we’ll catch up, but we’re trying to keep our distance.”
The 43-year-old Brady went 25-for-41 passing for 253 yards and a touchdown as Tampa Bay fell to 3-2. Foles, 31, was 30 for 42 for 243 yards with a touchdown and an interception for his first win as the Bears (4-1) starter. Cairo Santos kicked a 38-yard field with 1:17 left to give Chicago the lead for good.