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.
“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.