What They Were Thinking

Shane Vereen explains his TD catch

Shane Vereen made an over-the-shoulder catch for a touchdown to beat Houston's Barnett Rudd.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Shane Vereen made an over-the-shoulder catch for a touchdown to beat Houston's Barnett Rudd.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Patriots running back Shane Vereen, who made an over-the-shoulder touchdown catch, beating Houston’s Barnett Ruud, in the divisional playoffs at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Jan. 13, 2013.


Said Vereen: “Oh, That’s pretty sweet. What should I call that [pattern]? It was a go-around with a little bit of a move inside. It’s something we put in all week. We were able to practice it all week and execute it in the game. [I was thinking], catch the ball, catch the ball. Tom [Brady] threw a perfect pass. I mean, the ball couldn’t have been anywhere else. It was a perfect pass, right in stride, right away from the defender.

“I mean, I would’ve been doing the team an injustice not catching this ball. Yeah, [with the lights], you’ve just got to focus. We practice in the stadium during the week and you get used to it. My concentration was on the ball. I felt him [running] inside of me, but that’s it. I really couldn’t tell how close I was to the end zone. I was just trying to stay inbounds and catch the ball. “

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