Tom Brady steps out of character during sideline confrontation
Tom Brady had a typically productive day at the office on Sunday, throwing for 357 yards and three touchdowns in the New England Patriots' 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins. But the quarterback's one interception and its aftermath had everyone talking on Monday morning.
With the a seven-point lead and a chance to put the game away midway through the fourth quarter, Brady had a pass picked off in the end zone by Washington's Josh Wilson. It was Brady's first interception more than a month.
Even more uncharacteristic for the quarterback was his apparent loss of composure on the sideline after the play. A heated exchanged between Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was caught on camera and lasted until Coach Bill Belichick finally had to step in.
Brady had regained his composure after the game.
“We're both pretty emotional guys, so that's what I deserve,” Brady said of the incident. “You make bad plays, you're supposed to get yelled at by your coaches. It's certainly not the first time and probably won't be the last. You can't do it in that situation, and it was just a stupid play by me.”
In a Boston-area radio appearance, Brady said he holds no hard feelings against his offensive coordinator.
"Billy and I have a great relationship. It's just venting on both of our parts," Brady said. "And I do that a lot, too. I get on guys all the time. It's a way to try to get guys to respond. Our team needs a lot of fire. We need a lot of emotion. That's the way you play the game."
The Patriots are 10-3 and are tied with the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the AFC.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.