Landon Collins was a catch away from ending the Patriots’ unbeaten season. With 1:47 left in the 4th and the Giants blitzing, Tom Brady underthrew WR Aaron Dobson and was seemingly picked off by Collins only for the ball to hit the ground for an incompletion.
Collins was a little shaken up after the play and returned after missing the next couple of passes which saw Brady and company go from the Pats’ 20 yard line to the Giants’ 36. Ace kicker Stephen Gostkowski then ended the game with a 54 yard field goal thus keeping the Patriots a perfect 9-0 while the Giants are now 5-5 and still lead the NFC East.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Collins thought he had made the catch cleanly although replays clearly sided with the on-field refs.
“I feel like I came down with the ball," stated Collins. "Yeah definitely”
“It was tough for me, I thought I came down with it.”
The rookie safety out of Alabama understood the significance of that last drive and was surprised when he saw the ball headed his way.
“Yeah definitely, oh real big, I say “oh man, is this really happening?”, said Collins of the would-be interception. "And I came down and just didn’t control the ball when I came down.”
Despite the key drop and tough loss, Collins will take heart from his performance which included 5 combined tackles as well as the defended pass. He
learned a valuable lesson about completing the process in terms of an NFL catch and will take that experience into the playoffs should Big Blue make it that far.
For the time being, the Giants enter their bye week hoping to recover and recuperate from the various maladies that have affected them throughout the season. They lost center Weston Richburg during the game with an ankle sprain and will be looking for him, among others, to suit up for the Giants’ final six games; a stretch that will determine whether or not the Giants will feature in the postseason for the first time in four years.