After throwing just one interception all season, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady actually threw a terrible goal-line interception against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, and nobody watching the game on ESPN saw the play live.
The Patriots had third and goal at the Baltimore two-yard line in the second quarter, when Brady pump-faked like he was going to throw into the end zone. Unlike the Ravens’ defense, the ESPN cameraman bit on the pump fake, and went back to focus on Brady… who had just thrown a pass into the end zone for an interception. We didn’t see the player that intercepted the ball — Eric Weddle — until he was already running back to the 10-yard line. ESPN at least immediately showed a replay of the interception.
Here’s video of the sequence:
Hey, it happens, but we’re talking about Monday Night Football here. As you’d imagine, Twitter was not happy about the ESPN blunder:
Don't know who blew that play more, Brady or the #MNF camera operator.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) December 13, 2016
— RealClearSports (@RealClearSports) December 13, 2016
— Billy (@BlueEyeLife) December 13, 2016
Great camera work by ESPN there on the Weddle interception. Had absolutely zero clue where the ball was after Brady released it. #BALvsNE
— Justin Rocke (@JustinRocke) December 13, 2016
You don't expect that kind of camera work from a usually stellar MNF group. But, alas, now I have vertigo.
— Marc Moser (@RadioMoser) December 13, 2016
ESPN perfectly summed up. Brady throws interception. Can't see interception bc they refuse to move camera off of Brady
— DJ Oprah Spinfrey (@TheEricMintzer) December 13, 2016
Terrible throw by Brady and an even worse job by the camera man
— Caleb (@tbk24) December 13, 2016
— Tim Hines (@Hinesight) December 13, 2016
#MNF camera dude was so concerned that Tom Brady was getting hit he completely missed an interception in the damn end zone. Incredible.
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyAStewart) December 13, 2016
Great camera coverage #ESPN didn't even see the play, get your cameras off golden Brady's crack and watch some football
— Todd King (@TKWeezer) December 13, 2016
Of course the camera never leaves Tom Brady. We didn't see the interception because ESPN was lovin on Tommy
— Stacey Weigel (@StaceyWeigel) December 13, 2016