FOXBOROUGH — Logan Ryan didn’t know what to expect when he reached for his phone in the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium.
Minutes earlier, the Titans cornerback put an emphatic stamp on Tennessee’s 20-13 victory over his former team in the Patriots, picking off Tom Brady’s final throw of the night. Hopping into New England’s end zone, Ryan’s pick-six snuffed out any chance of the Patriots orchestrating those late-game heroics that fans have relished in for close to two decades now.
But as he fielded questions, Ryan admitted that a missed pick against his former signal-caller just ahead of halftime was still going to draw the ire of many on social media — given that it could have provided the knockout blow much earlier than the final minute of play.
“I didn’t do anything special," Ryan said of his fourth-quarter pick. "I was at the right place at the right time. Trying to make up so I didn’t get killed on Twitter for dropping the first one. Half of my mentions are that ‘I’m terrible’ and the other half, ‘I’m great.’”
Of course, on the night in which the Patriots failed to win at least one playoff game in a season for the first time since 2010, Ryan wasn’t going to spend much time getting caught up on Twitter chirps.
But he was ready to send a few of his own toward the Patriots’ locker room.