Tom Brady did not look like vintage Tom Brady against the Los Angeles Rams. He may arguably be the greatest quarterback of all time, but the future Hall of Famer was uncharacteristically bad on Monday Night Football.
The deep ball was atrocious, the poise in the pocket was non-existent, and the decision-making was as bad as we have seen it in quite some time. This is not the type of performance people have come to expect from Brady — even at 43 years old.
The Rams gave the Buccaneers plenty of opportunities to win the game. Jared Goff was rough to watch too, but he wasn’t Brady bad — and that is really weird to say. Goff threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions and almost lost a fumble.
Statistically speaking, Brady was even worse. It took him 48 pass attempts to throw for 216 yards, a 4.5-yard average. His completion percentage was a putrid 54.2 percent, and his two interceptions would have made even Jameis Winston proud.
His last interception was his worst. Down 27-24 with two minutes and 32 seconds left, it was supposed to be Brady time. That is why he was brought to Tampa Bay, after all. Instead, we got this from the six-time Super Bowl champion:
Jordan Fuller's second INT of the night! @RamsNFL take over with 1:49 left.
— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 2020
It was bad. That’s really the only way to describe it. If he’s played that poorly before, it must have been a very long time ago.
Brady wasn’t the only problem though. The run game was atrocious, running backs were allergic to catching passes, and the play-calling throughout the game was questionable at best. For both teams. The two teams actually combined for 79 yards rushing on 38 carries.
The final score was close. The Rams squeaked by the Bucs, 27-24. These teams with a combined 14-7 record should have battled it out in a quality football game, but that’s not what happened. Instead, we saw two teams who looked like they didn’t want to win.
It was ugly — and unexpected.
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