While watching the Jets game Sunday afternoon on TV, I thought Brady's third quarter interception was purely his fault. A bad throw, behind his receiver.
Now I've had the opportunity to watch the play on coaches film. And while I don't think Brady made the best possible throw (I think it really was a tad behind where it should have been), I no longer think he was totally at fault on this. Two other instances of poor execution contributed to that failed play. And in fact, Brady's throw was probably not the primary error.
The worst mistake on that play was Gronk's poor route running. If you watch the film, Gronk runs a very weak route that is sort of in between a dig and a slant. Right before Brady releases the ball, Gronk makes a hard move at a right angle to the LOS as if he's going to dig. Brady releases the ball right after Gronk makes that move. Immediately, though, Gronk starts angling backwards, moving on a diagonal from the about the 20 toward the 24. This makes it easy for the defender to undercut him. If Gronk had kept going straight, the ball would have hit him on the numbers. That may have been a bit behind where it should have been, but there's no way it would have been intercepted. By drifting downfield on his route, Gronk makes it easy for the defender to undercut him and make the catch.
The other failure, not as serious, but still a problem, was Solder's inability to fully control the pass rusher he was matched with. Brady was about to get hit and while only light contact was made while he was releasing the ball, Brady was more hurried than ideal.
If you've got the film, give it a look, and let us know what you think. My analysis, though, puts most of the blame on Gronk.