FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots wide receiver Tiquan Underwood acknowledged Monday that he should have done a better job to make sure Tom Brady's pass wasn't intercepted during the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory against the Redskins.
After the end-zone pick, Brady shouted at Underwood to make a better play on the ball, which caused offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to yell at Brady to shut up and throw a better pass. Of course, that all led to the well-publicized exchange between Brady and O'Brien.
"It's just part of the game," Underwood said about the sideline spat. "We're all passionate about our jobs and what we do. It's just part of it."
Underwood was running a baseline route toward the post when Brady lofted the pass into the end zone. Underwood jumped for the ball a little too early and fell out of position as cornerback Josh Wilson broke underneath the route and took the ball out of the air.
"As a wide receiver, we must get open and catch the ball," Underwood said. "If we can't catch it, no one catches it, so I have to just become a defender for Tom there and don't let the guy intercept the ball.
"It was a good play by [Wilson], but I know that I've got to run a better route to catch the ball. If not, I have to bat it down."
Underwood said he and Brady spoke again after the game.
"He just explained to me what I had to do," Underwood said, "and what to do next time when I'm in that situation."