The 44-year-old, already the league’s all-time leader in passing yards (81,479), connected with Mike Evans with six seconds left in the first quarter for a nine-yard touchdown to reach the landmark.
He finished the day with four touchdowns in the Bucs dominant 38-3 victory over the Bears, bringing his total touchdown number to 602.
However, instead of letting Brady keep the ball to mark that history-making moment as is typical in the NFL, Evans unwittingly gave it to a lucky nearby fan.
It was Brady’s 97th game with three-plus touchdown passes and his 37th game with four or more, both of those marks tied with Drew Brees for tops in NFL history.
For Brady though, it arguably wasn’t the moment of the day.
“Puts a lot in perspective with what we’re doing on the field; in the end it doesn’t mean much compared to what so many go through. We all try to make a difference in different ways and I think so many guys commit times to their foundations and to doing good things for the world.
“And the NFL does a lot of great things, so it’s just nice to — I always think you know do the best that you can do, under any circumstance. It was nice to see.”