Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. This NFL season, Foles is the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears who took on Brady and his new team, the Tampa Buccaneers, on Thursday Night Football. Thursday night’s game was the first time that any two quarterbacks who have faced each other previously in a Super Bowl, played each other again, but this time for different teams.

As for his personal record, Brady is 5-0 against the Bears, but with Foles leading the offense the Bears had a better chance against Brady. Heading into week five of the season, both the Buccaneers and the Bears had a 3-1 record. 

Brady’s and the Buccaneers started the game with a fairly successful drive. First downs from both wide receivers #85 Jaydon Mickens and #18 Tyler Johnson and help from running back #27 Ronald Jones in the backfield put Tampa Bay in good field position. The Buccaneers kicked a 39-yard field goal and took an early 3-0 lead. 

Foles started the game, replacing QB1 Mitch Trubisky last week. With 3:27 left in the first quarter Foles pass was picked off by #24 Carlton Davis for the Buccaneers. So once again, Tampa Bay got possession and headed towards the end zone. During the last couple seconds of the first quarter Brady throws the ball a little short of the goal line. With a little luck receiver Mike Evans caught the ball and tumbled into the endzone for a touchdown! The Buccaneers started the second quarter leading 10-0 over the Bears. 

On third down and seven yards to go Brady overthrew his receiver in the back field. Tampa Bay is forced to kick a field goal. Bucs kicker, Ryan Succop, drives the ball right between the goal post and Tampa Bay extended their lead 13 to nothing.  

It was a slow start for the Chicago offense. The Bears were finally able to get a first down thanks to an outstanding run form #32 David Montgomery. Followed by first down catches from receivers #13 Rodney Adams and #84 Cordarrelle Patterson kept the Bears’ drive alive. David Montgomery scurried into the endzone to finish it off, touchdown Chicago! The Bears still trailed 13-7 with 1:48 left in the half. 

The Buccaneers were hoping to score before halftime, but the Bears defense had another idea. Under pressure Ke’Shawn Vaughn fumbled the ball, and Chicago got possession back on the 27 yard line. With 36 seconds left in the first half, #80 Jimmy Graham caught the ball one handed in the back of the endzone! This was Graham’s fourth touchdown catch of the season and Chicago took the lead for the first time in the game 14-13. Chicago had a slow start, but they led by one point going into the second half.

As for the second half, neither the Bears nor the Buccaneers could score a touchdown. Instead each team kicked two field goals and there were four lead changes. Some would say this was due to good defense, but more likely it was caused by the numerous penalties from both teams. The officials threw over 16 flags, constantly backing up the offense and forcing them to kick field goals. 

The Bucs kicked a 46-yard field goal which was followed by a 47-yard field goal from the Bears to put Chicago back on top 17-16. Just under five minutes left in the game the lead changed again, Tampa Bay hit a 25-yard field goal to retake the lead 19-17. The Bears respond again with a 38-yard field goal to secure their lead 20-19. 

Brady and the Buccaneers got the ball back with a minute and thirteen seconds left on the game clock. All they needed was a field goal to win the game.  The Buccaneers went for it on fourth down and did not get the first. With confusion Brady stayed on the field holding up the number four as if he thought he had another down. A miss count from Brady and unable to get the yards they needed the Buccaneers handed the ball back to Chicago. 

In a game full of penalties and field goals, =Foles and the Chicago Bears beat Brady and the Buccaneers 20-19. ]Foles was victorious over Brady yet again. This is the second time Foles has replaced a starting quarterback and then gone on to beat Brady. 

As for week six, the Chicago Bears will face the Carolina Panthers on the road. Looking for a win, Brady and the Buccaneers will head home to host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. 

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