It’s one of many first guidelines you study when you get taken into the yard and taught the best way to play soccer:
You can solely throw one ahead move every play.
On Monday night time, Tom Brady tried to get away with breaking that rule. And in a method, it labored.
Early within the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay’s sport towards the Los Angeles Rams, Brady’s Buccaneers had a third-and 10 at their 34-yard line. Brady threw over the center, however the ball was blocked on the line of scrimmage by linebacker Terrell Lewis.
Loads of good issues have occurred to Tom Brady in his life, and right here got here one other. The deflected ball, which may have gone in nearly any course, caromed immediately again to him. Brady reacted with lightning pace, snatched the carom out of the air and … handed the ball once more?
Yes, maybe due to a mind freeze, or possibly as a result of he thought nobody would discover, Brady tried his second move of the play. That’s a violation of the foundations of the N.F.L., the X.F.L., the Canadian Football League and nearly each kind of organized soccer right down to your cousin’s youth league.
Brady’s second move was accomplished to Mike Evans, however the officers have been lower than impressed. Flags flew, and Brady was referred to as for a penalty.
But wait. Evans was introduced down two yards in need of a primary down. So with the Buccaneers now going through fourth and a pair of, the Rams declined the penalty. The play, and the double accomplished move, stood.
N.F.L. drive charts hardly ever make for attention-grabbing studying, however this one will eternally. Tucked close to the beginning of the fourth quarter, it dryly notes precisely what occurred:
“T.Brady pass short middle to T.Brady to TB 25 for -9 yards. T.Brady pass short middle to M.Evans to TB 42 for 8 yards.”
It goes on to notice that “Statistically, no completion for first pass as a result of the declined penalty.” So Brady, a minimum of, will be spared the destructive yards on the catch, which would have solely lowered his personal passing whole.
It was not the primary time since becoming a member of Tampa Bay this yr that Brady, 43, appeared to wrestle with a bedrock soccer rule. In October, he appeared to lose monitor of the one about being allowed 4 downs every collection. After failing to transform a fourth down towards the Bears, he remained on the sphere and held up 4 fingers as if he thought he had one other play.
The Buccaneers misplaced that sport, they usually misplaced Monday night time as effectively, 27-24. But at 7-4, they’re nonetheless within the driver’s seat for a playoff berth.
If Tampa Bay makes the postseason, Brady will want to recollect that the foundations of soccer apply there, too.