The Titans one-upped the Patriots on a trick play in the fourth quarter

"I wanted to see if ours looked better than theirs."

Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman. –AP Photo/James Kenney

The Patriots and Titans exchanged a pair of trick plays at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon.

On third and 7 in the fourth quarter, quarterback Tom Brady handed the ball off to running back James White, who dished it to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who then threw an off-balance pass back to Brady. After making the catch, Brady awkwardly stumbled his way to Tennesse’s 37-yard line but fell a yard short of the first down.

“I don’t know what happened on that,” Brady said following New England’s 34-10 loss. “I was a fish out of water.”

The reception was Brady’s third of his career and first since 2013.


New England went for it on fourth and 1, but offensive tackle Marcus Cannon was called for a false start to push the Patriots back five yards. On fourth and 6, Brady threw an incomplete pass — his 20th of the day — intended for Edelman.

The Titans took over on downs and called for the same exact trickery on their first play of the drive. Quarterback Marcus Mariota handed the ball off to running back Dion Lewis, who tossed it to wide receiver Darius Jennings, who then completed a pass back to Mariota for a 21-yard gain and a first down.

“I wanted to see if ours looked better than theirs,” coach Mike Vrabel said, with a smirk. “[Marcus] got up a lot quicker than Tom, I know that.’’

Brady was asked during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” Monday morning if he was offended by the mimicry.

“No, of course not,” he said. “Of course not. They are trying to win.”