During the Patriots' opening drive in the second half of their win over the Buffalo Bills, an apparent miscommunication left quarterback Tom Brady visibly frustrated with receiver Julian Edelman, who looked to have run the wrong route on the play.
On Monday, Brady was asked about the play during his weekly appearance on the "Dennis & Callahan" show on sports radio WEEI in Boston, and expressed that his emotional response was a reaction to the miscommunication during a critical point of the game.
"Julian and I, we're locker mates and have a great relationship. We talk about certain things, and it was just one of those miscommunications," he said. "He thought I was doing one thing and I thought he was doing the other and it ended up costing us a first down in a critical game at a critical point in the game. We've got to be on the same page. It was just some frustration blowing over. Those guys are working really hard trying to get open, trying to do the right thing, it's just that's what part of our frustration on the day was a little bit about."
Brady later lauded Edelman as a teammate.
"Nobody works harder than Julian," Brady said. "He's very critical on himself and he's very tough on himself. I love playing with him because he cares so much. Those are the guys you want to fight with. Those are the guys who it means a lot to and you really fight for each other. No one's out there feeling great, no one's out there feeling 100 percent, but you've got to go out there and play as hard as you can and we did that for 60 minutes yesterday which was good."
Edelman, who missed three games earlier this season after suffering a hand injury in a Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, did not finish with a catch on Sunday, and has season totals of 13 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.
A couple of other highlights from the interview:
On running Danny Woodhead being such a good fit in the Patriots offense. "He's been that was since the day he got here. I remember his first game, we played Buffalo at home, maybe the third week of the year and he had a similar-type run play for a touchdown and we kind of joked on the sidelines [then offensive coordinator] Billy [O'Brien] and I, we said 'The legend is born, you know,' because we saw him that week in practice, what he is capable of doing. And we kept saying why did the Jets release this guy? They had him playing receiver and he was a running back in college. He's just come in and done such a great job. He is the ultimate team player and teammate and dependable, consistent. You always know the level of play that you're getting from Danny, and he had a huge game for us yesterday, and we really needed it because as an offense I'd say everyone didn't have their best day other than Danny. He really saved the day for us."
On whether he thought he thought his defense was going to stop the Bills on their final drive of the game. "I always think we are going to find a way to pull it out. I've thought that since the day I got here. I practice against those guys in practice daily, and they've come up with a lot of big plays at the end. They did it against the Jets this year, they did it this game, they did it plenty of other times this season -- twice in the Jets game, at the end of the fourth quarter and overtime. I have a lot of confidence that they're going to be able to shut the other team down when they need to."