Tim Dwight's most productive day as a Patriot didn't end well. Dwight set season highs for catches (five) and receiving yards (76) in Sunday's 26-16 loss in Kansas City. But he also juggled a fourth-quarter pass into the arms of Chiefs safety Sammy Knight for the fourth and final interception of quarterback Tom Brady.
The gaffe was costly. Down 26-3 early in the second half, the Patriots had pulled within 10 and were mounting a desperate comeback attempt just outside the two-minute warning. On a first down from the Chiefs' 34, Dwight was open at the 17 but couldn't hang on.
"I was just trying to catch it, and I probably tried to take off before I had it," Dwight said. "You have to make plays like that. Tom puts you in position to make plays. If we get that, we've got a chance to score and maybe pull within two."
The throw was slightly behind Dwight, who had the ball glance off his shoulder. In trying to grab the rebound, he popped it up into the air again. Cornerback Patrick Surtain would have made the pick if Dwight hadn't collided with him. Luckily for Kansas City, Knight was able to corral the bouncing ball in the air and effectively ice the win.
Brady overthrew his receivers all day, including on each of his first three interceptions, one of which glanced off the outstretched hands of Troy Brown.
"For us receivers, anytime we get our hands on something, we expect to catch it," Dwight said. "That's all you can ask -- for your quarterback to put the ball within reach. You've got to make the play. You can't lay all of this on Tom. We've got to make (those catches)."
Dwight was pressed into action with No. 2 receiver David Givens sitting out his third straight game with a knee injury. Dwight, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, had only 11 catches entering the game. He had been shut out the previous week against New Orleans despite being featured in the offense.
"I had three balls thrown to me (against the Saints) and I didn't catch any of them," he said. "You just go back to the drawing board. (Sunday) I got some passes, but I'd give all five of those back to have that (last) one."
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