As Peyton Manning broke down the performance of former rival Tom Brady in the latest episode of NFL “Detail,” one particular play in last Sunday’s Buccaneers-Packers game caught his eye.
Manning questioned whether Brady intended to throw a ball in the third quarter to Rob Gronkowski, as many others believed he did. He pointed out that announcer and former quarterback Troy Aikman thought it was one of the best throws Brady made all game, but Manning wasn’t as convinced.
He thought the throw (which can be seen at the 1:25 mark in the video above) was a high ball intended for Mike Evans, placed where only Evans could corral it to avoid an interception. Manning said he was fairly certain the ball floated and ended up right in Gronkowski’s arms with multiple defenders near him.
“Will we get Tom to admit who he was throwing to?” Manning said. “I don’t think so. He wouldn’t admit that he didn’t know it was fourth down. There’s no way he’s going to admit he wasn’t throwing to Gronk.”
Manning said that luckily with Zoom interviews these days, and no in-person press conferences, Brady didn’t have to defend himself like he otherwise would have.
“The Zoom interviews, they’re easy to do,” Manning said. “You don’t have to explain it, but on ‘Detail,’ we’re going to call it out.”
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