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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Brady on spat: 'I deserved it'

By Mike Reiss



LANDOVER, Md. -- One of the hot topics of discussion after the Patriots' 34-27 win over the Redskins was a heated sideline exchange between quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. The exchange came after Brady's interception with 6:30 remaining.

"I threw a pretty bad interception and he wasn't happy about it," Brady said. "There are probably a long line of coaches and players that were pretty pissed at me after that, but Billy got to me first. He let me have it and I deserved it."

The Patriots led by seven points at the time and had advanced to the Redskins' 4. Brady fired a pass to the back of the end zone, under the goal posts, that was intended for receiver Tiquan Underwood. Cornerback Josh Wilson intercepted.

As Brady returned to the sideline, he had to be separated from O'Brien.

"We're both pretty emotional guys," Brady said. "That's what I deserve. You make a bad throw, you're supposed to get yelled at by your coaches. It's certainly not the first time and it probably won't be the last. You can't do it in that situation. It was just a stupid play by me."

Brady was asked if he took issue with the play call from O'Brien.

"No, I made a terrible play," he responded. "He just wanted to let me know I made a terrible play. It's football, man. It's emotion. That's athletics."