Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears defeated Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 on Thursday night.
The outing ended in relatively odd fashion.
With 38 seconds left on the clock, the Bucs trailing by one, and staring down fourth and six, Brady was unable to deliver a pass to tight end Cameron Brate. Just like that, the game was over. Tampa Bay loses.
Following the game, Foles ran over to shake Brady’s hand – only Brady was nowhere to be found. He left the field early.
Brady does not go out to shake Nick Foles’s hand after the Bears win pic.twitter.com/rzeiBDdRYq
— Weston Blasi (@westonblasi) October 9, 2020
On Friday morning, Foles appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and addressed the snub.
“I didn’t realize the camera was on me…I was looking for him real quick,” Foles said.
“We’ll find a time down the road.”
This is not the first time Brady snubbed Foles after a big loss.
Back in 2018, when Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles past Brady’s New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, the latter quarterback also ran off the field without shaking Foles’ hand.
Interesting development. https://t.co/7ODJIvjQTR
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 8, 2020
Much as he did this week, Foles handled the whole situation extremely well.
“I think everyone’s making a really big deal out of this and it’s not a big deal at all,” Foles said at the time.
“I’ve already talked to him before, he’s a guy I’ve always looked up to. You’ve got to admire someone who is probably the greatest ever and still going strong.
“I mean, even at his age he seems to get better and better. I’ve already had a conversation with him before when we practiced, so if we have one in the future, we’ll have one and it will be cool.”
After Thursday night’s game, Brady stood in front of reporters and tried to explain whether he had truly mixed up the downs and thought fourth down was in fact third down.
A little surprising. https://t.co/5IT4Noj725
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 9, 2020
“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,” Brady said.
“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 was also quick to excuse away the loss by pointing to a bad team performance in the second half, as opposed to any personal shortcomings.
“We just had some negative plays in the second half,” he 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.”
With their most recent win, the Bears are now 4-1 on the year. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, falls to 3-2.