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Tom Brady finally speaks on his fourth-down flub in Chicago

The Bucs quarterback mistook fourth down for third down on the foiled final drive against the Bears.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady holds up four fingers, thinking it was only third down and he had one more snap, after his team's final offensive play in a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady holds up four fingers, thinking it was only third down and he had one more snap, after his team's final offensive play in a 20-19 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8. [ JEFF HAYNES | Associated Press (2020) ]
Published Jun. 2
Updated Jun. 17

Tom Brady has addressed one of the most infamous gaffes of his future Hall of Fame career. Nearly eight months after the fact.

Or flub.

Narrating a brief video clip issued by ESPN’s SportsCenter, Brady acknowledges he mistook fourth down for third down on the failed final drive in the Bucs’ 20-19 loss to the Bears last Oct. 8. The image of a mildly puzzled Brady holding up four fingers after the final play — an incompletion on fourth and 6 with 38 seconds remaining — instantly evolved into a social media meme.

“Fourth quarter, last chance in Chicago,” Brady says over the clip. “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.”

The revelation stands in stark contrast to the game’s immediate aftermath, when neither Brady nor coach Bruce Arians seemed willing to say Brady lost track of the downs.

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