Tom Brady: Critical interception “shouldn’t happen”

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The Patriots were down four and got the ball near midfield on safety Duron Harmon‘s interception early in the fourth quarter against the Steelers on Sunday, but the ensuing drive didn’t result in any points.

Quarterback Tom Brady was under pressure on a second down play from Pittsburgh’s 16-yard-line and tried to throw the ball away off his back foot. Cornerback Joe Haden intercepted the pass and the Steelers would go on a drive for a field goal that extended their lead to seven points and took more than five minutes off of the clock.

“I was just trying to flick it out of bounds,” Brady said, via NBC Sports Boston. “I didn’t want to take the sack. Shouldn’t happen.”

It wasn’t a particularly sharp game for Brady overall and there was a lot of other sloppiness from the Patriots offense. They had four false starts and three holding penalties — one of each on the final, futile drive — and Brady intimated the latter was due to tighter enforcement than there might be at other times.

“Obviously there’s holding on every play in the NFL,” Brady said. “That’s what we do. We hold. It’s just whether you get called or not.”

They got called for it on Sunday and that went into the pile of reasons why the Patriots ended the road portion of their schedule with a 3-5 record.

33 responses to “Tom Brady: Critical interception “shouldn’t happen”

  1. Uh oh.. Tom.. refs may not like that comment about holding coming from you. You are correct though, there is holding on every play. The only difference is that it is NEVER called on your team. That is why you did not like it. Welcome to every other team normal drive killer that affects them all the time.

  2. Tony Romo is amazing, He called that the moment it got picked and what Brady was thinking as he threw it.

  3. Love ya GOAT but the throw at the very end of the game needs to be better then that. Gotta take that hit man.

  4. The throw at the end of the game was way worse than the pick. GOAT has to give his receivers a chance to make a play.

  5. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    December 17, 2018 at 7:19 am
    Patriots -14.5 vs Bills this weekend!
    ——
    Sounds about right.

  6. Right now, Brady is ranked in the bottom 5 of the league as a QB in the red zone in with Prescott, Stafford and Darnold.

    WOW.

    I’ve been trying to point out his ego issues and the fact Garoppolo pushed him to tbe a better QB, and now with him gone, Brady has regressed back to 2011 Brady or 2012 Brady, where he stares down only the binkies, with defenses knowing his addiction is real,

    We saw it again last night and he’s done it all year, and it got WORSE when Edelman returned.

    The D has been carrying this putrid offense for almost 2 months now, really since @ Buffal and minus the crap game in Tenn.

    Brady. Our own fans refuse to acknowledge his laziness with his reads and his buddy McDaniels being the highest paid OC in the NFL by a mile.

  7. One more thing: He’s right about the cheating by Goodell. The penalties were a clear sign Goodell was doing all he could to help Pitt.

    Not debatable.

    I called it, too. No way NE was not going to be at a disadvantage in Pitt after the whining from last year when Jesse James clearly didn’t have possession to the ground.

  8. GoodellMustGo says:
    December 17, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Love ya GOAT but the throw at the very end of the game needs to be better then that. Gotta take that hit man.
    ===================================

    The one reason Brady can play into his 40’s at a very high level – is that he doesn’t take those hits, man.

    and this is coming from a Steelers fan.

  9. His days are growing shorter, he’s in the December of his Career … one that was as good as it gets, but darn I’m sure enjoying him choking more often than saving the day!!!!

  10. “That’s what we do. We hold. It’s just whether you get called or not.” – I guess they finally ran into a crew willing to call those on the Patriots.

  11. candrwells says:
    December 17, 2018 at 9:26 am
    GoodellMustGo says:
    December 17, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Love ya GOAT but the throw at the very end of the game needs to be better then that. Gotta take that hit man.
    ===================================

    The one reason Brady can play into his 40’s at a very high level – is that he doesn’t take those hits, man.

    and this is coming from a Steelers fan.
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    I call it like I see it. If he stood tall and delivered a strike knowing he will have to absorb the hit- which he’s done many times- game possibly tied. Instead he almost turtles on the play and football sailed off the mark.

    He knows. I’m sure he will do better in the same spot when he gets a chance again. 🙂

  12. One more thing: He’s right about the cheating by Goodell. The penalties were a clear sign Goodell was doing all he could to help Pitt.

    Not debatable.

    I called it, too. No way NE was not going to be at a disadvantage in Pitt after the whining from last year when Jesse James clearly didn’t have possession to the ground.

    ***

    Brady’s done. Gronk is cooked! Belichick can’t draft defense to save his life.

  13. Pats should have kept Garoppolo and traded Brady for a king’s ransom when they had the chance. Too late now.

  14. Cast your stones while you still can. Bet against them with your cash come playoff time.

    I double dog dare you.

  15. Cast your stones while you still can. Bet against them with your cash come playoff time.

    I double dog dare you.

    ***

    Belichick is a terrible GM

  16. thetruuf says:
    December 17, 2018 at 10:09 am
    I think Garoppolo has proven to be too brittle for this league
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    Jimmy is going to be a good one IF he stays healthy. I was concerned about his durability and so far he’s given us no reason to stop being concerned. Wouldn’t shock me honestly if he never gets to the next level of greatness because of that.

  17. Even with an easy interception, the Steelers couldn’t put the game away. What put the game away was all the holding calls on the Patriots while the refs looked the other way every time the Steelers held and grabbed the defenders’ face masks. This game will go down in history as the biggest officiating blunder since the Steelers/Seahawks Superbowl when the Steelers were gifted the win.

  18. Romo and Nance comments took away from was one of the better games in the NFL this year. A game where one score could make a difference not a basketball score. To bad Romo and Nance become so bias on what was called or not .

  19. Pats really did look sad. Dink & Dunk wasn’t working, “Little Man Syndrome” Edelman couldn’t catch anything, Gronk was wrapped up, and the Chuck & Duck for pass interference throws weren’t even doing it.
    Week in/ week out, that’s pretty much all they have.

  20. I have to admit, I love reading all the comments from Pats fans complaining about the officiating!!!

    It is about frigging time the refs loosened up the flags against NE! A few more years of that and it will begin evening out a little bit…

  21. How cooked is Gronk? Wow… Brady’s decline makes sense… the guy is 41 lol. But Gronk? I have never seen such a beaten down, dejected, lost all ability to be a dominating player. This is probably top three worst Pats team in the Brady and Belichick era. 02-03 season, this seasom than the 09 season. Coaching too has been horrendous by Belichick. Team is garbage and the end is here.

  22. I’m glad to see that everyone expects the PATS to go undefeated.

    The offense is anemic. The defense needs to look up the definition of defense. Even if they get a lead, JM goes into protect mode. Protect mode doesn’t work when your defense only rests after TDs/FG’s

  23. When asked a few years ago how he would know it was time to hang up the cleats, Brady replied I will know when I suck.

    Well, he certainly has sucked the last two games.

  24. Brady inferring that tight holding calls contributed to/caused the loss is really sad.

    Truth be told, his ill-fated duck of a pass that ending in Haden’s hands, along with his air balls on the final drive and lack of desire to stay in the pocket and take a hit all night long are the primary reasons the Patsies lost.

    Not to worry Patsies fans – it’s now back to your pitiful AFC East opponents

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