The answer: David Harris.
The question: Who would end Tom Brady’s NFL-record streak of 339 passes without an interception?
The Jets linebacker — who, like Brady, played at the University of Michigan — stepped in front of a pass intended for BenJarvus Green-Ellis and took it 58 yards in the other direction.
Alge Crumpler, hustling all the way, prevented a touchdown, hauling down Harris at the Patriots 12, and his effort paid off. The Jets ended up getting nothing out of the turnover, with Nick Folk hooking a 30-yard field goal attempt.
Harris was an unlikely candidate to snap the streak. An outstanding run-stuffer who led the Jets with 99 tackles, he did not have an interception during the regular season and has just two in his four-year career.
Notably, three of Brady’s five picks this season have come against the Jets. He threw two in the Week 2 loss to the Jets — Brodney Pool and Antonio Cromartie did the honors, and both came on passes intended for the since-departed Randy Moss.
Brady’s last interception before today came Oct. 17 in a 23-20 overtime victory over the Ravens when he was picked off by Ken Hamlin on a Hail Mary attempt on the final play of regulation. The Ravens’ Chris Carr also intercepted a Brady pass in that game.
For what it’s worth, Brady’s streak of passes without a pick in the postseason was just 24. He threw three in last season’s 33-14 loss to the Ravens in the wild-card round.