Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate addresses the media during his postgame press conference on Sunday, October 31, 2010.
Q: (On the touchdown)
BT: The touchdown was supposed to be one certain play, but didn't work out the right way. When we were meeting with Tom [Brady] last night, he told us to stay alive on all scramble plays. I just turned up field and he saw me and threw it. I just ran and scored.
Q: It looked like he turned his back when you turned up field, like he knew you were going to do it.
BT: Yeah, I guess he might have seen me make the move, get ready to go. I asked him the same thing. I didn't think he saw me do it. I just saw him throw it. So yeah, I guess he saw me make a move and he knew I was going up field and he just trusted me and turned and threw it.
Q: Did you know you could juggle like that?
BT: Oh yeah. At first, I thought it was an interception because I was getting ready to touch (the opposing player) down when I saw the ball come out. So I just played to the whistle.
Q: Why do you go deep on that touchdown play instead of coming back to Tom Brady?
BT: He [Brady] was scrambling and I saw he needed help. So I acted like I was going to run up to get the DB to come up. I just spun around and he saw me and just threw it.
Q: Did you know it was a touchdown as soon as you caught it?
BT: Yeah because I knew the safety was way back, so when I caught it, I knew I just had one guy to miss, so that's what I did.
Q: What kinds of things did you learn from Randy Moss during his tenure in New England?
BT: He taught me how to be a professional, you know? Come in and work every day, just go to work and don't stop until you finish... route running, coverages - just everything about football.
Q: Was Randy Moss a hard teacher to learn from? Was he patient with young guys?
BT: Yeah, Randy was patient, but sometimes, if you make the same mistake two or three times, Randy would start to get on edge. But, I appreciate everything he helped me do and he was a great teacher for me.
Q: What was it like seeing him today?
BT: I just said, 'What's up, Randy?' to him right at the beginning of the game. It was good to see him out there today.
Q: What would you call your celebration out there right before you crossed the goal line?
BT: What, the high-stepping? I guess just high stepping. Just excited and celebrating.
Q: Did it feel good to get your first NFL receiving touchdown?
BT: Yeah, it did. It felt really good.
Q: Was it fitting that it was in front of Randy Moss?
BT: [Laughs] No, it didn't have anything to do with that.
Q: How satisfying is it to play and contribute this time of year considering what you went through in your final year of college and your rookie season?
BT: I'm just happy to be out there and help my teammates win. It's been a hard two years, but I stayed focused and just kept going.