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Tom Brady: I was ‘confused’ on fourth-down finish vs. Bears

With his Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl, quarterback Tom Brady can joke about his Soldier Field gaffe.

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass against the Bears on Oct. 8.
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With his Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl, quarterback Tom Brady can joke about his Soldier Field gaffe. In a video posted to his TikTok account, Brady detailed what was going through his head — or what wasn’t — when he mistakenly lost track of downs.

Bears cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson broke up a fourth-down pass from Brady with 33 seconds left in the Bears’ 20-19 victory Oct. 8. Brady held up four fingers — on the national “Thursday Night Football” broadcast, no less — as if to say he thought the Bucs still had fourth down coming up. After the game, he demurred when asked if he lost count; coach Bruce Arians said he didn’t.

On TikTok, though, Brady said he thought it was third down.

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“You guys remember this one?” he said with the clip playing in the background. “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.”

He then held up four fingers again on TikTok — and smacked himself in the face.

Brady, of course, got the last laugh. The victory was the Bears’ fourth of the season — and they went 4-7 the rest of the way.

The Bucs won eight of their last 11 games before stomping through the playoffs en route to a Super Bowl victory against the Chiefs.