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Tom Brady talks Ravens, and Colts

Tom Brady at his postgame press conference. (Photo From Patirots.com)

Tom Brady at his postgame press conference.
(Photo From Patirots.com)

Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show today to talk about the Ravens, the Colts, and Broncos.

To see his postgame press conference just follow the link. http://www.patriots.com/media-center/videos/Brady-110-It-took-a-lot-of-good-execution/bba75e31-0f6a-40a4-b660-358fbdf549ea

Brady started off talking about overcoming 14 points down two different times.

“We put ourselves in a pretty tough position there twice,” Brady said. “Certainly not what we intended to do. And we talked a lot about trying to play this team from ahead. We just got off to a slow start but really rallied back. I think the guys really relied on obviously a lot of experience over the course of the season, and a lot of belief in one another, and a lot of resolve and just the mental toughness to get it done.

“I’ve said before, it’s a 60-minute game. You’ve just got to keep grinding for 60 minutes. We finally got the lead there with about, I don’t know, five minutes, 5 1/2 minutes left. Then the defensive guys made a huge play there, Duron [Harmon] with the interception really made it hard for those guys. They had to convert a fourth down on us. We put a lot of pressure on them.

“It was just a great win for our team. It was just a great win to be a part of. It was just a really special night for our team. It allows us obviously to move on, and now we’re on to the biggest game of the year.”

He also talked about his team tricking the Ravens on a few plays and Harbaugh complaining his team didn’t have time to adjust to ineligible guys being eligible.

“Let me say first that I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and obviously that team is one of the toughest we’ve faced. It’s always a tough matchup,” Brady said. “It was a play that we liked and we thought would work. We had a couple of versions of it. It’s kind of an alert play for our team, and we made three important plays on it. They all contributed to winning, and I’m sure he was always trying to figure out what to do. That’s what it looked like to me.

“We had to execute it. We had to make the appropriate calls and block it and make the plays, and I was proud of us that we were able to do that. There was a lot of execution that goes into the offensive part of making that happen. It helped us move the ball down the field and ultimately score some points. That was a good weapon for us.

“It’s part of football. You’ve got to prepare for everything. I know offensively we try to prepare for everything on defense. You talk about all the situations that come up. Josh [McDaniels] really called it at the perfect time.”

Brady talked about the 2 – 2 start and how people thought they wouldn’t be in this far in the playoffs.

“Honestly, I think in those moments you’re not thinking about months ahead. I think we’ve always just tried to focus on the days ahead and what we needed to do to make improvements,” he said. “I do remember at that time we still had a lot of confidence in one another. We weren’t 0-4, we were 2-2. We lost to a good team on the road on a Monday night where we didn’t play well. At that point you’ve got to just rally around each other.

“I’ve said this a bunch of times this year, to ride the emotions and the roller coaster and the wave of emotions that you have is not conducive to winning football. You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing. You’ve got to believe in what your process is as a team. And I think we’ve always had a good process. We prepare hard. Coach puts a lot of pressure on us on a daily basis to execute at high levels, concentrate for extended periods of time. That’s what he demands.

“The guys that end up making it and sticking it out are the guys that you depend on in the biggest moments of the year like we had the other night. Those are the guys that were out there playing and contributing. Everyone who really stepped up and made a bunch of big plays, It was great to see and great to be a part of.”

He also talked about Denver and Peyton’s loss to the Colts.

“Denver’s been a great team. They had a great opportunity being at home yesterday, and Indy played a good game. The competition’s tough every week, and every player this time of year is not feeling their best. We’ve really been at for six months, working pretty much every day — 21 games, including the preseason. The competition draws everything out. You can’t play anything less than your best and expect to move on. We realize that. We got Baltimore’s best. We needed some great execution at times when we needed it.

“The NFL is a very competitive league. Peyton is an incredible player. Andrew Luck‘s a great player. We’ve got one of the great young quarterbacks coming into our stadium, so we’ve got to be able to figure out a way to slow those guys down. They’ve got a great passing attack. We’re going to have to study hard and be ready for those guys come Sunday.”

He talked about Danny Amendola’s big day.

“In the biggest games of the year, like I said, you have your most dependable guys, you have the guys that the coaches trust and count on the most, the players trust and count on each other. Danny was in there, and he was in the eye of the storm a bunch of times. Two huge touchdowns, a huge third-down conversion. He shows up to work every day, works his tail off, never complains. He’s a grinder. He’s made some huge plays down the stretch for us. It’s just been awesome to see.”

He also talked about Edelman’s touchdown pass and if Edelman lobbied for it.

“No, Jules usually lobbies just to catch the passes, not throw them. He relives some of his glory days at CSM, the College of San Mateo, and Kent State, where he was throwing those all the time. Just what a great contribution. He and Danny got a great connection. For those two to hook up like that was pretty sweet. It was the perfect time to call it, we got the perfect defense. Jules made a perfect throw, Danny made a great catch and run. That’s why you draw them up. You try to take advantage of some things that you can see on defense. Similar to the other plays that we called — the four linemen on the field plays — we think we can take advantage of something that we see and we go for it. Great job to be able to do that.”

He talked about the throw to LaFell that won the game.

“I thought it was a better catch than it was a throw. He had one hand on it. The guy kind of had his right arm and he made a great catch. To see what Jo [LaFell] did and the way he contributed, just an incredible performance by him, just to be able to contribute the way that he did. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever played with. He’s just a phenomenal player and adds so much toughness to our team. It’s just great to see.”

He also talked about kneeling 3 straight times and leaving some time on the clock for the Ravens.

“Those are all risk-reward. Your coach is making those decisions. I’m sure he has a reason why he does everything. I didn’t get into it. When they said we’re going to kneel on it then that’s what we did. Maybe the guys this afternoon can ask [Bill Belichick].”

(Transcript provided by WEEI.com)


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