Mathieu would end up being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and CBS’ cameras caught Mathieu pointing a finger in Brady’s face. But the two would share words a few times over the course of the night.
After the game, Mathieu said he didn’t think the encounter and subsequent penalty affected his play.
“I thought I played as hard as I can today,” Mathieu said. “Listen, Tom Brady’s a great quarterback. I never really saw that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever. No comment. it’s over with. I’m done with it.”
Mathieu finished with three tackles, and had an interception wiped off the board due to a penalty.