Tom Brady talks to side judge Jonah Monroe in the second half of the Falcons-Bucs game. Oct 9, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) discusses a call with side judge Jonah Monroe (120) during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady didn’t play 23 seasons in the NFL by weathering monster hits from defensive linemen weekly. The NFL made a decision a long time ago to protect their franchise quarterbacks, and the game has prospered under that vision.

Still, referees remain human, and they make mistakes. We saw one such case Sunday when the Buccaneers hosted the Atlanta Falcons in NFC South play.

The Buccaneers had the ball and were leading, 21-15, with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Brady (seen talking to side judge Jonah Monroe earlier in the second half) dropped back to pass and was sacked by Falcons defensive end Grady Jarrett . That looked like a game-changing play until Jarrett was flagged.

The NFL world was quick to register their disgust with the play.

“That’s a bulljive call against Jarrett. That was not roughing the passer on Brady,” Shannon Sharpe tweeted.

“The roughing the passer on Brady was the worst call I have seen in a long time. Falcons got robbed,” Booger McFarland tweeted.

“The roughing the passer calls that Tom Brady gets are legitimately comical,” said Benjamin Solak.

Tom Brady roughing the passer call is the worst of the season,” said Cris Carter.

“The Falcons got ROBBED. Hitting the QB hard does not equal Roughing the Passer even if it’s Tom Brady,” Robert Griffin III tweeted.

“That roughing the passer call against Brady was an absolute disgrace,” Mike Freeman said.

The Bucs won the game, 21-15.

[The Comeback on Twitter; photo from Matt Pendleton/USA Today Sports]