FOXBORO, Mass. — Safety Brandon Meriweather rebounded from one of his most difficult weeks to make a decisive interception Sunday in the Patriots' 38-30 victory against the Bills at Gillette Stadium.
Meriweather's playing time has been cut down this season, which he attributed to his poor play during practice. Yet, the 2009 Pro Bowler was on the field during the team's last defensive play of the game, when he intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass with 2:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. New England's offense ran out the rest of the clock.
Meriweather was asked if the reduced playing time has served as a kick in the rear.
"The limited playing time, yes," said Meriweather, who had five total tackles Sunday. "Anytime you get [taken] off the field, you've got to step up and be your best. Randy [Moss] always told me, 'When things aren’t going your way, that means they're just testing you to see if you can put your best foot forward.' I'm trying to do that."