Penalty after penalty after penalty after penalty
After penalty after penalty after penalty. The Buccaneers finished the night 11 penalties for 109 yards. Some of those were bad calls from officials. Others were undisciplined plays. No matter how you look at it, you’re not likely to win too many games when you have more than 100 yards of penalty yardage.
Bucs’ offensive line couldn’t protect Brady
Tom Brady was sacked three times, knocked down eight times and was hurried a double-digit amount of times. Donovan Smith just let his scoot by him on several occasions. Rookie Tristan Wirfs had a hard time with his footing, as well.
If you can’t keep the 43-year-old veteran off the dirt, you’re not going to be able to be successful no matter how many weapons you have on the outside.
Brady didn’t even know it was fourth down on the final offensive play of the game
Speaking of Brady, let’s talk about the fact that he didn’t even the down on the final drive of the game. The Buccaneers still had a chance to win the game and Brady tried to force a pass that wasn’t remotely open on fourth down. Only, he thought it was still third down.
For a quarterback who has won six Super Bowls and is the ‘GOAT,’ you simply can’t have that kind of mental lapse in such a key moment.