Patriots Matt Light Battled to the End Sunday

Ian Logue
October 20, 2011 at 11:10am ET

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After Sunday's last second come from behind win over the Dallas Cowboys, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady caught some attention after pointing out how Matt Light had battled it out and was "hurting" in the closing minutes of the game.

At the time, no one really knew what the issue was.  Whether it was related to his shoulder, which he had underwent surgery on during the offseason, or if it was another injury.

On Wednesday Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston dug a little deeper and found out what the issue was.

Matt Light battled through an ankle injury in the closing minutes of Sunday's win over Dallas. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

According to Forsberg Light got rolled up on a quarterback sneak by Brady in the closing minutes of the game, and had to fight through the pain as the team was in full hurry-up mode trying to march down the field for what ended up being the winning touchdown drive.

Light stuck it out until the end and Brady took advantage, throwing a touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez for a 20-16 win over the Cowboys.

Right before that play head coach Bill Belichick called a timeout, which Brady explained after the game was to give Light time to regroup, and for them to make an adjustment that allowed guard Logan Mankins to provide Light with some additional help on that last play.

“I think he was concerned with Matt because he knew he was hurting," said Brady.  "He wanted to make sure that we had DeMarcus Ware under control. We helped him out with the protection to give us a little more time and Logan helped out on that too. It was good. As usual, Coach was right.”

Patriots Right guard Brian Waters told ESPN Boston that he was impressed not only with Light, but also with the rest of his teammates for the job they did on Sunday against a tough Dallas defense.

"He did a great job of surviving," said Waters on Light.  "That’s one of those things, where the adrenaline is pumping and you're doing what you need to do. One thing I found out about these guys: They're all fighters. That’s something that showed up, it was very evident in that situation."