Tom Brady did something odd on final play vs. Vikings and he had a good reason for it

One of Tom Brady's biggest goals this year was to hit 1,000 career rushing yards, and when he finally pulled that feat off on Sunday, he wasn't about to let anyone take it away. 

The thing about the milestone is that Brady hit 1,000 yards exactly during New England's 24-10 win against Minnesota, which caused a slight problem near the end of the game. With 21 seconds left to play, the Patriots needed to run out the clock, so they called for Brady to kneel the ball, and that's when things got a little weird. 

Before taking a knee, Brady actually took a step forward so that he wouldn't lose a yard, which is almost unheard of. In almost every situation where the quarterback has to kneel the ball at the end of a game, he takes a step backward, then takes a knee for a loss of a yard or two. However, if Brady had done that, he would have fallen under 1,000 yards for his career and he wasn't about to let that happen.

In the video below, you can see that Brady actually lets the ref know that he moved forward before taking a knee at the end of the game. 

Following the win, Brady had a perfect explanation for his odd kneel down. 

"I'm not trying to go backwards," Brady said, via quotes distributed by the team. "So, I don't want us to go backwards anymore -- try to inch up on those kneel-downs a little bit.

Hitting 1,000 career yards was a such big milestone for Brady that he jokingly contemplated retirement on Monday. In an Instagram video, Brady announced he was retiring, only to change his mind and unretire five seconds later. 

In the video, Brady said that it was time to retire because there was nothing left to accomplish now that he's reached 1,000 career rushing yards. Brady hit the mark by rushing for five yards during the Patriots win. 

"The only reason I've been playing 19 years was to get to that 1,000 yards, and I did it, so that's it, I'm out," Brady said. "Time to ride off into the sunset."

Riots probably would have broken out in New England if Brady was serious, but the good news for Patriots fans is that he was totally joking. 

"Nah. Got to get back to work," Brady said. 

You can see the video below. 

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Although Brady is clearly very proud of the fact that he hit the 1,000 yard mark, he won't be keeping the football from his milestone run. 

"I'm not going to save the ball. I don't know where it went," Brady said. "But, yeah, just played a lot of football and obviously I'm not a scrambler, but hopefully I can make a couple plays running for it. Made a good third down on that one. I just give a lot of credit to the offensive line. They blocked their tails off today against a good front, and I don't want to make too much of a 4 or 5-yard gain. That wasn't really the difference in the game."

Brady's road to 2,000 career rushing yards will start on Sunday when the Patriots travel to Miami for a game against the Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS, stream on CBS All Access or stream on fuboTV, try for free). 

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