For a moment, Tom Brady lost his mind. He ripped at his chin strap. He chucked what looked like a Gatorade bottle. He bared his teeth as he screamed at anyone in his path on the Patriots sideline.
There were just over eight minutes remaining in the first quarter, and the Patriots had been forced to punt after Brady missed Julian Edelman on a third-and-20 play. Edelman stopped running as he approached the Ravens goal line, which may have forced Brady to blow a gasket. Had Edelman continued to run, Brady seemed to believe, he may have had a shot at making the catch.
The two were seen talking things over on the bench once Brady had cooled, but they still looked exasperated with one another.
"We’ll keep that between us, but there was a miscommunication," Edelman told WEEI's Ordway, Merloni and Fauria show on Tuesday. "I have to do better and go on from there. Ebbs and flows of competitiveness in a crucial game.
"I know how he is. He would be a little more scary if he wasn’t yelling at me because if he yells at you then he says he loves you. So he really loves me I guess."
Edelman said there have been moments when he's told Brady he needs to mellow out.
"It's like a relationship where he knows my look when I’m like 'All right, bub. Pump the breaks. It’s snowing. Don’t slam those breaks. Pump them.' I’ll give him a look and he’ll know when I’m a little pissed about that, or this or that.
"I let him take his steam off. I’ll be that punching bag as long as it makes him feel good. It’s a relationship. It’s give and take."
Brady was seen having words with teammates earlier in the first quarter when Chris Hogan left the field and met with trainers, forcing the Patriots to take a timeout. The 39-year-old was asked after the game about what appeared to be an unusually-high intensity level.
"Yeah, it was a big game for us," Brady said. "We played at home in December on Monday night against a great defense. It was important for us to come out and play well."