Tom Brady added to his illustrious resume by securing his seventh Super Bowl win in his first campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2020 season included many memorable moments along the way. One of which, Brady finally owned up to committing an embarrassing mistake.
Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl
Brady entered the 2020 season with plenty of high expectations geared toward Super Bowl contention.
Initially, the Buccaneers struggled through the first 12 games, holding a 7-5 record. However, Tampa Bay shifted gears winning the last four straight regular-season contest, earning a wildcard playoff berth. The star quarterback finished tied for second with 40 touchdown passes and third with 4,633 passing yards.
Brady and the Buccaneers carried that momentum into the playoffs, winning three straight road games to secure a Super Bowl 55 berth. Tampa Bay capped it off with an impressive outing against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, behind a dominant 31-9 win.
With that all in mind, Brady finally owned up to one massive mistake he made last season.
Tom Brady finally admits to an embarrassing mistake he made last year
Brady‘s first season with the Buccaneers featured some challenging moments that shaped the unique experience.
One of those instances occurred in the Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears after an incompleted pass resulted in a turnover on downs. Immediately following that, the star quarterback held up four fingers, signaling to his teammates what he believed was fourth down on the next play.
Following the game, Brady never gave a clear-cut answer concerning his thought process, citing it was a poorly executed play that needed a sizable chunk of yards. Head coach Bruce Arians also voiced that his quarterback knew what down it was.
Months after the incident, the 43-year-old has finally owned up to the miff in a video he posted to TikTok.
“You guys remember this one,” Brady said. “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.”
It’s an embarrassing moment that Brady likely felt would get swept under the rug. However, his physical reaction holding up four fingers became a meme that lingered for a few weeks.
Brady wound up getting the final laugh as the Buccaneers moved past those early-season struggles to capture a Super Bowl 55 win. In other words, earning his seventh ring certainly helped him move on and laugh at that puzzling moment.
Tampa Bay holds a bright future ahead
The laughable moment aside, Brady holds the unique opportunity ahead to vie for a second straight Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers’ front office managed to keep the band together in free agency by retaining their big-name players. Talents such as Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette, Shaq Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, and Lavonte David all inked new deals.
Meanwhile, an entire offseason under Brady’s belt will give him a chance to gather more comfort running Arians’ offense while further building chemistry with his passing game targets. Teams such as the Green Bay Packers (if Aaron Rodgers stays), Seattle Seahawks, LA Rams, and Dallas Cowboys could pose stiff challenges in the NFC playoff picture.
The expectation is that Brady will build off his impressive first year in Tampa Bay. If Brady can remain on that same trajectory, it’s hard not to envision the Buccaneers being in Super Bowl contention again.