The Buccaneers’ QB Tom Brady became the first QB in NFL history to reach 600 career TD passes, when they routed the Chicago Bears, 38-3.
The incident happened with 10 secs left in the first quarter on a 9-yard touchdown strike to Mike Evans. The Buccaneers had the ball after outside LB Shaq Barrett forced a fumble from Bears’ rookie QB Justin Fields that was recovered by defensive tackle Vita Vea.
Tom Brady was greeted with a giant hug from coach Bruce Arians after the play, while Evans threw the ball to a fan in the stands, not realizing it was a record until Arians told him.
Arians joked that they would have to give the fan 2 jerseys to get that special ball back. He added that they had to get 2 of Tom’s jerseys to get his ball back.
A Buccaneers official retrieved the ball and gave the fan a different one.
How Tom Brady Felt After The Game
Tom Brady stated that the incident was extremely cool and he had the ball in his bag. He added that Mike had given it away but had apologized for doing it. Tom Brady stated that he would the ball as it was a “good one to keep”.
Tom Brady threw two more touchdowns in Sunday’s game, both also to Evans for 2 yards and 8 yards, respectively, in the second quarter. He was replaced by Blaine Gabbert midway through the fourth quarter and finished his day 20-of-36 for 211 yards and four touchdown passes. Sunday also marked the 37th time in Brady’s career where he threw at least four touchdown passes and 97th game where he threw at least three, both tying Drew Brees for the most such games in NFL history.