Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady admitted going for yards and not the first down late in the fourth against the Chicago Bears was a mistake. The Buccaneers got off to a quick start as they took an early 13-0 lead in the first quarter but then scored just six points in the rest of the game as the Bears claimed a narrow 20-19 win.
On third-and-6, Brady threw the ball to his trusted tight end Rob Gronkowski -- who failed to make the catch. Then on fourth-and-6, with 38 seconds left to go in the game, Brad targeted tight end Cameron Brate, who was exceptionally covered and couldn't make the catch.
"Yeah, you're up against the clock and you're up against the -- I knew we had to gain a chunk, so I should have been thinking more first down instead of chunk in that situation," said Brady, who has now dropped three consecutive prime-time contests dating to last season," Brady said, per ESPN.
"I knew we needed a chunk and I was thinking about more yardage. It was just bad execution. We had a great opportunity there so ... just didn't execute when we needed to."
Brady says the Buccaneers have got to do a better job
The Bears defense stepped up big time in the second half and the Buccaneers struggled to find their offensive rhythm.
"We just had some negative plays in the second half," Brady said. "When you get behind in down and distance, that's not where you want to be. So we all have to do a better job. This isn't any one position.
This isn't any one player. This is a teamwide thing that we all got to collectively learn each other quickly and make improvements quickly. We all have to do a better job." After the failed fourth down conversion, Brady appeared consumed as he flashed his four fingers.
Some though Brady was unaware that it was the fourth down. "Yeah, he knew," Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said, when asked if Brady knew it was the fourth down. Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was also asked about what went down Kaye in the game.
Jones carried the ball well against the Bears as he rushed for 106 yards in 17 attempts. "I didn't really see that. I think we knew the down and distance. We were just looking -- it looked like it was a bad call. It could have went the other way," Jones said.