Danny Amendola had just one reception during the Patriots’ win over the Buffalo Bills Sunday.
He was targeted twice by quarterback Tom Brady, but reeled in just the one catch.
But he made it count. Did he ever.
In the fourth quarter, on first and 10 from the Buffalo 46-yard line, Brady dropped back to the New England 46 before letting it fly.
Amendola streaked down the field on a seam route, with cornerback Nickell Robey in lockstep with him.
Leaping in the air, Amendola had to contort his body backward to his right to pluck the ball out of the air.
“That was an unbelievable catch,” Brady said on WEEI Monday morning. “That was phenomenal.
“I was talking to him after, I said, ‘Danny, that was an unbelievable play.’ He’s like, ‘You know, Tommy, I didn’t even see the ball. I looked up, it was right in the sun.’ So he goes, ‘I just threw my hands up there.’ ”
The Patriots were clinging to a 37-32 lead when Amendola made the catch. It set up Stephen Gostkowski for a 25-yard field goal with a minute and 18 seconds left that made it 40-32, which would be the final score.
“That was a huge play in the game, really allowed us to kind of get down there, kick the field goal, and then made it pretty tough on them to come back, and our defense made a great interception,” Brady said.
Though Amendola had just two offensive touches in the game — the catch plus a 3-yard rush — he returned three punts for 39 yards, including a 28-yarder in the first quarter.
“Danny’s just an unbelievable player and competitor,” Brady said. “Whenever his number gets called, he’s ready. I think that’s what makes a great teammate. You can count on him, and I count on him for a lot of things. He’s always been so reliable and dependable.”
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