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Danny Amendola on highlight reel catch: Just threw my hands up there

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- How did New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola make his remarkable 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter that helped seal the team's 40-32 win against the Buffalo Bills?

That's what quarterback Tom Brady wanted to know.

"I was talking to him after and I said, 'Danny, that was an unbelievable play.' And he was like, 'I didn't even see the ball. I looked up and it was right in the sun. So I just threw my hands up there,'" Brady relayed during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI.

On the play up the left seam with 3:18 remaining, Amendola was tightly covered by cornerback Nickell Robey. Coach Bill Belichick lauded Amendola's "great concentration" on the play, which was one of just two times he was targeted by Brady.

"Danny is just an unbelievable player and competitor," Brady said on WEEI. "Whenever his number gets called, he's ready and that's what makes a great teammate. You can can count on him and I count on him for a lot of things. He's always been so reliable and dependable. That was a huge play in the game and really allowed us to get down there, kick the field goal, and made it pretty tough on them to come back."

While Amendola's catch was the clear-cut highlight reel play of the game, Belichick also noted his contributions in another area -- punt returns. Amendola finished with three for 39 yards, with his 28-yard effort in the first quarter coming at a time when the Patriots seized control of the game.

That was a good example of complementary football, as the Patriots had pinned the Bills in deep, Amendola fielded the punt at his own 45-yard line, and set the Patriots up with good field position for a quick touchdown.