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Tom Brady talks deflated footballs, Colts, and Seahawks

Tom Brady during the AFC Title Game. (Photo From

Tom Brady during the AFC Title Game.
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Tom Brady joined WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan to talk about beating the Colts, deflated footballs, and the Seahawks.

The QB started off by talking about what a great win it was.

“It was just a great win by our team,” Brady said. “It was an exciting one to be a part of. We put a lot of work into this year, and then to have it culminate in really a great all-around performance last night, it was pretty sweet for everybody.”

Brady said he doesn’t care where the team was at the end of September with a 2-2 record, that the victory is sweet enough as is.

“I don’t think it does [matter],” he said. “Look, there’s a lot of people that say good things about you, there’s a lot of people that say bad things about you. I think just as professional athletes you have to show up to work every day and focus on doing your job and doing everything you have to do to help your team win and succeed at a high level on a weekly basis.

“Sometimes it doesn’t go right, as I said, all season long. You don’t win every single game. You’re certainly never going to throw in the towel. We stayed focused, we stayed with what we were expecting ourselves to do, which was make improvements over the course of the season. It puts us in a pretty good place going into the playoffs, and we took care of business twice at home. So that was a great thing.”

The Pats will be underdogs against the Seahawks, something Brady says he won’t use as motivation.

“Whatever it is, it is. I don’t know who makes those decisions or things like that,” he said. “We’ll go in there with a lot of confidence. It doesn’t matter whether they think you’ll win or lose. A lot of people think we’ll win, a lot of people think we’ll lose. None of that stuff really matters to us.”

Brady laughed at the fact the Pats are being investigated for deflating footballs during the game.

“I think I’ve heard it all at this point. … That’s the least of my worries, I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”

Brady talked about the emotion he showed after winning the game on Sunday.

“I’m always pretty excited, guys. Anytime we got a chance to go to this game, it was pretty amazing. It happened pretty early in my career three times. It happened in ’07, we had just a great football team. In 2011 we had a good football team. I’m excited. I’m an emotional player. It’s a great accomplishment for our team. I was sharing in the celebration with everybody last night. It was just a great, great team performance.”

Brady also talked about how well Blount did against the Colts.

“He did a lot of that last year for us, too. He hasn’t had as much opportunity this year. But yesterday was just a hell of a game. He made great decisions running it, when to blow it up into the hole and then when to cut it back against the grain and try to make yards that way. All night he was making those types of choices. It was great to see. He had a hell of a night.”

Brady also talked about his touchdown pass to OL Nate Solder.

“It’s pretty amazing. Like I say, you never know how these games turn out. I’ve been a part of a lot of these games, and you’ve got to pull out some stuff that maybe the other teams haven’t been working on. We’ve found pretty good ways to do that. That was a huge play in the game at that point, coming out of halftime, putting together a great drive. It was a great call by Josh [McDaniels], great execution from all the guys, and then obviously Nate catching it and running was phenomenal.”

He also talked about going over that play with Solder during practices.

“Nate’s faster than me. Believe me, he’s a lot faster than me. We’ve never called it in practice from that close. We’ve normally called it out on the field, so he’s just been jogging down the field. We’ve never really called it down in the red area. But the situation came up. We tried to take advantage of them losing track of Nate, and they did, and it worked out perfectly.”

Brady was asked about staying late in the game and taking a big shot to the leg.

“Football’s a dangerous game. You’re going to get hit in a lot of different places. That’s football. You’re going to be out there playing, you’ve got to be prepared. I feel great today. I’m not worried about it. … Whatever coach wants to do, that’s what we’re doing. The game wasn’t over. You just want to finish it out, finish it strong. We had a great chance to do that.”

He talked about the Pats OL.

“They did a great job. They’ve done a great job all season. We gave up such a few amount of sacks this year. We did such a great job in the run game. That was one of our most consistent positions. Those guys have hung in there through different types of injuries. Guys have really made great strides and improvement over the course of the year with that offensive line. It’s great to be able to stand here at the end and see what those guys have accomplished. Offensive line’s about chemistry and playing together. The more you play together, the less mistakes you’re going to make, and the trust and confidence goes up. Our tackles, our guards, all the guys that have played center have just done such a great job for us. I’m proud of them. It’s just an awesome achievement for those guys. I’m proud of all of them, what they’ve been able to accomplish.”

Brady also talked about how loud the crowd was on Sunday.

“When they get rocking and the horn gets blowing — it was so loud yesterday. That was probably the loudest I’ve ever heard our stadium. It was awesome. It was just a great home experience. We’ve always had a great home-field advantage. … It made it pretty special to win it in front of our home crowd, too. That makes it extra special.”

He talked about Sherman’s trash talking after the game in 2012.

“Truthfully, at that time, I thought he was coming up to say, ‘Good game.’ That’s all I thought it was. It was loud after that game so I didn’t really hear anything. And then I went into the locker room after the game and everyone said that whatever it was the next day, that he said he was, I don’t know, talking trash to me. I just thought he came up and said, ‘Good game.’ So that was all a bit of a surprise to me.”

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