With just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter Monday night, Bills quarterback Derek Anderson fired a pass over the middle into the Patriots red zone. The Bills were driving downfield in hopes of making it a one-possession game, but when the play finished, it was Patriots safety Devin McCourty celebrating a touchdown.
McCourty broke early on the play, reading Anderson’s eyes to step in front of intended receiver Charles Clay. The safety caught the pass clean, then sprinted 84 yards untouched along the sideline for a pick six.
DEVIN McCOURTY ICED IT ❄️
— ESPN (@espn) October 30, 2018
The 31-year-old was clocked at 22.05 mph during the return, the fastest speed reached by a ball carrier this season. After the game, McCourty was asked about critics who have claimed he’s lost a step this season.
“I guess I gained a step back for tonight,” he told reporters after the Patriots’ 25-6 win. “…I’m not really worried about me losing a step. I just go out there and play and today I got to showcase a little bit of the speed. Thirty-one [years old], so hopefully I can hold on to that speed for a little while longer.”
The Bills had been moving the chains against the Patriots defense on the drive. Anderson connected with Zay Jones and Clay for first downs, then looked to have the touchdown they craved when tight end Jason Croom reeled in a deep ball in the end zone. Unfortunately for the Bills Mafia, the score was overturned on replay review.
On the next play, McCourty sealed the Patriots’ 25-6 victory with his interception.
Jason McCourty joined his twin brother in the celebration before giving Devin a well-deserved rest on the ensuing kickoff.
“The biggest praise he could give was him sprinting down there knowing that I was going to ask him to go in and get me on the kickoff,” Devin said. “You gotta appreciate a guy that will give it all to come celebrate with you and then take your spot on the kickoff team.”