Someone needs to explain to me how you get that behind a defense with the last play of a half.
The TMQ writes itself. I predict we will read on Tuesday: "Where oh where might the pass go? Maybe up the field!"
Heard this on the radio this morning (can't remember which station), but supposedly Branch said that one of the coaches said to take a knee. Branch said Brady "gave him a look" and called a specific route and they hooked up. As for the Bears' defense, the explanation was that they were in cover two, and that the deep safeties were playing the inner seam (slot) because this would be the less difficult pass to complete, but a more difficult route to take all the way.
For the play to work, Branch had to beat his man 1:1, which he did, and Brady had to throw the ball about 30-35 yards in the air from his location in the pocket through swirling winds to a perfect spot along the sideline. Both things obviously happened. Bears set themselves up for the inside route, gambled, and lost on a very low probability play.
Low probablility, that is, unless your QB is Tom Brady and he has Jedi Master powers.