By: Ian Logue
Some highlights from the fourth quarter:
Both teams exchanged punts to start the fourth quarter, but the Patriots had one key drive that left a lot of people talking.
Jerod Mayo sealed the win with a crucial interception on Sunday. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
After driving down to the Redskins four yard line, Tom Brady missed a wide open Wes Welker after throwing behind him for one incompletion, and on the next play he threw a big interception while trying to find Tiquan Underwood at the back of the endzone, but Josh Wilson made a huge interception to kill the drive. That lead to a heated discussion on the sideline between Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien on the sideline. Back up quarterback Brian Hoyer very wisely stepped in front of Brady to try and hide the conversation, but you could tell that it was an ugly exchange between the two. O’Brien ripped off his headphones and had to be restrained by assistants, with Bill Belichick also coming over to calm O’Brien down.
Both Brady and O’Brien were seen minutes later going over plays together, so whatever the disagreement was simply in the heat of the moment and they were seen sitting together working on the plan for the next series.
Meanwhile the Redskins drove down to the Patriots five yard line, and appeared to score a touchdown on a pass to Santana Moss. However, Moss was called for offensive pass interference and the touchdown was nullified.
Two plays later Jerod Mayo sealed the win, making a diving interception after Santana Moss bobbled the ball and essentially flipped it to Mayo who came down with the turnover. It was a huge play, and sealed the victory for the Patriots.
They would review the play, but the call would stand.
Brady and Bill O’Brien would later be seen hugging after they realized they had won this one.
From there the Patriots offense came out and knelt down to close this one out.