Sunday, 11 December 2011

Brady Flashes Temper in Patriots’ Win

That is how perfection-driven the New England Patriots are. On a day when Rob Gronkowski was simultaneously strong and nimble, on a day when the New England defense again made just enough plays to compensate for the yards it allowed, it was Brady who had to be calmed down after a rare fourth-quarter mistake in Sunday’s 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins.

With the Patriots (10-3) leading by 7 points, Brady tried to find Tiquan Underwood in the back of the end zone and was intercepted by Josh Wilson with 6 minutes 30 seconds left. The Redskins (4-9) then began a march downfield that could have sent the game to overtime, even as Brady, sitting on the bench, exchanged words with the offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.

“I threw a pretty bad interception, so he wasn’t happy about it,” said Brady, who passed for 357 yards but threw his first interception since Nov. 6. “And there was probably a long line of coaches and players” that were upset, Brady admitted, “but Billy got to me first. He let me have it; I deserved it.”

The argument raged long enough that Coach Bill Belichick had to intercede to end it.

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