Sunday, December 11, 2011
Mayo seals close win with interception
By Mike Rodak
LANDOVER, Md. -- After taking nearly four seasons to record his first NFL interception in last week's win over the Colts, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo now has two interceptions in two games, coming up with a key turnover as the Redskins threatened to score late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-27 win in Washington.
Mayo can thank fellow linebacker Tracy White for tipping the Rex Grossman pass intended for Santana Moss, which Mayo then dove forward and snagged.
Jerod Mayo's second interception in as many weeks stopped the Redskins' comeback bid in its tracks.
"Tracy made an excellent break on the ball, popped the ball up in the air, and I was fortunate to catch it," Mayo said. "Great play by Tracy."
After the defense allowed two touchdowns late to the Colts last week, Mayo's interception closed out Sunday's game on a high note, thwarting what could have been a game-tying (or game-winning) Redskins touchdown.
"Coach Bill [Belichick], he said 'always finish,' [and] we didn't finish too good the last couple of weeks," White said. "We were focusing on finishing the game, and that's what happens."
Mayo was slow to get up after the play, but brushed off his injury after the game.
"Little cramp in the calf," Mayo explained. "Sometimes when it's cold outside you don't think you're sweating, but you really are."