Tom Brady Walks Off Field, Does Not Shake Hands With Jared Goff After Bucs Loss

For the second time this season, Tom Brady rushed off the field without shaking hands with his opposing quarterback after losing a game in primetime.

The six-time Super Bowl champion swiftly left the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 27-24 at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. As Rams quarterback Jared Goff walked onto the field at the final whistle looking for Brady, cameras showed the latter heading back to the locker room without exchanging as much of a word with his counterpart.

The scene was reminiscent of Brady's behavior after a road loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 5, when the 43-year-old made for the tunnel that leads to the visitor locker room at Soldier Field, avoiding shaking Nick Foles' hand.

Brady had famously not shaken hands with Foles after the latter led the Philadelphia Eagles to victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Goff heads to the middle of the field looking for Brady, who’s off to the locker room pic.twitter.com/G4cLCQA6La

— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) November 24, 2020

While the NFL has instructed players to keep on-field interactions to a minimum because of the coronavirus pandemic, the sight of players shaking hands or fist-bumping their opponents after the final whistle has been a regular occurrence this season.

Brady has himself exchanged words with teammates and opponents at the end of games this season and his conduct on Monday night was widely panned on social media, with plenty pointing out the veteran quarterback was all too happy to shake Goff's hand when the Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Brady can’t be bothered to shake hands with peasants such as Jared Goff or Nick Foles.

— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 24, 2020

I guess Brady doesn’t know Goff well enough to shake his hand after losing. Yet, he knows every qb after he wins. Brady is full of what the elephant left on the show ground. His attitude is bulljive and it’s time to call his A** out on it. 😤😤😤

— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) November 24, 2020

Tom Brady ever going to get called out on his heading straight to the locker room shit? Thermonuclear controversy if it is any number of other quarterbacks

— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) November 24, 2020

The controversy after the final whistle capped a difficult night for Brady, who completed 26 of his 48 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Brady has now thrown 25 touchdown passes and nine picks through the first 11 games of this year, more than he did in the whole of last season, when he finished with 24 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

Rams safety Jordan Fuller picked Brady off twice on Monday night and effectively won the game for the Rams with his second interception, which came with two minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Bucs looking to overcome a three-point deficit.

Worryingly for Brady and Tampa Bay, both picks came as he attempted to throw the ball down field. Last week Brady acknowledged his deep ball had not been accurate enough this season, but the same issues continued on Monday night as he completed just one of his nine attempts of 15 or more yards down the field.

Speaking after the game, he conceded the Rams secondary had taken away any window to hit deep passes.

"They're not impossible to hit, but they're tight and guys did a good job running them," Brady told ESPN.

"We had a couple of shots, but, in the end, didn't come up with any."

The loss was Tampa Bay's third in four primetime games this season and dropped the Bucs to 7-4, further complicating their quest to overtake the 8-2 New Orleans Saints at the top of the NFC South.

The Rams, meanwhile, drew level with the Seattle Seahawks at the top of the NFC West at 7-3 but hold the tiebreak over their divisional rivals.

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