Tom Brady's Bizarre Double Pass Against Rams Sparks Wave of Jokes

Monday Night Football viewers were treated to an unusual sight when Tom Brady attempted to throw two passes in the same play during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-24 home loss against the Los Angeles Rams.

With the Bucs trailing in the fourth quarter, Brady attempted to throw the ball to wide receiver Mike Evans but his pass was batted away by Rams linebacker Terrell Lewis. As the blocked pass ricocheted straight into Brady's hands, the six-time Super Bowl champion instinctively grabbed it, before throwing it again and connecting with Evans for an eight-yard gain.

The play was immediately flagged as NFL rules state players cannot throw the ball forward twice on the same play and quarterbacks can only run with the ball should it land back in their hands after a blocked pass.

While Brady was penalized, the Rams declined the penalty as it occurred on a third-and-10 and the Bucs had not gained enough ground to convert, leaving them no other option than punting the ball away.

Brady really caught a pass and completed a pass on the same play 👀 @TomBrady @Buccaneers

📺 #LARvsTB on ESPN pic.twitter.com/MI80s77SYb

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 24, 2020

The unusual sequence left viewers puzzled and it looked even more bizarre when written out in the official play-by-play game report, which listed Brady as having thrown a pass of minus nine yards, followed by a 17-yard completion.

2020, again: pic.twitter.com/rvvd8aK2HO

— Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) November 24, 2020

And Tom Brady was also given credit for a negative nine yard reception! pic.twitter.com/43v0yWOVnP

— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 24, 2020

Because the Rams declined the illegal forward pass penalty to bring up fourth down, the Bucs actually got the 8 yards from Tom Brady's completed double pass. He should get credited with two completions and a reception for a loss of 9 yards. pic.twitter.com/Edt92dLRQQ

— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) November 24, 2020

Tom Brady passed to himself. Officially counts. pic.twitter.com/qLM4rXilWb

— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 24, 2020

When Marcus Mariota throws a pass to himself, he scores TD. When Tom Brady does it, it’s a failed 3rd down play. So who’s the real GOAT?

— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) November 24, 2020

Illegal play aside, Brady endured a difficult night as the Bucs suffered their fourth defeat of the season and their third in four primetime games this year.

The veteran quarterback completed 26 of his 48 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brady's second pick of the night effectively extinguished the Bucs' hopes, as Rams safety Jordan Fuller intercepted an attempt pass to Cam Brate with just two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

It was Fuller's second interception of the night after he had picked off Brady as the quarterback tried to connect with Chris Godwin on a play action pass in the third quarter.

Ahead of Monday night, Brady had acknowledged his deep ball had not been accurate enough this season, but the same issues continued against the Rams.

The 43-year-old completed just one of his nine passes of 15 or more yards and both his interceptions came as the attempted to throw the ball down the field.

"I felt very, very comfortable in the two-minute drive until that throw," Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told ESPN of Brady's second interception.

"But, we made some plays and, obviously, we didn't make enough in this ball game, offense, defense or special teams, to win."

Brady echoed Arians' feelings and admitted he felt responsible for the loss.

"Disappointed [...] and I have to do a better job," the six-time Super Bowl champion replied when asked for his thoughts after the game.

Tampa Bay dropped to 7-4 with the loss and slipped further behind the 8-2 New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, while the Rams improved to 7-3 and drew level with the Seattle Seahawks at the top of the NFC West but hold the tiebreak over their divisional rivals.

The Bucs are now sixth in the NFC standings, while the Rams have climbed up to second.

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter in the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 23 in Tampa, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty