Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Saturday’s win over the Texans and also to look ahead to Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.
The Patriots beat the Texans 34-16 on Saturday night, but it wasn’t one of the better performances of the season. Brady threw two interceptions and had his lowest completion percentage ever in a playoff game at 47 percent. (He took responsibility for his first interception when he led Michael Floyd too far.)
“Yeah, I said after the game the overall execution just wasn’t as good as we would have liked,” Brady said. “There were a lot of good plays that were made and there were plenty of bad ones. It was just inconsistent by us. We’ll talk about that pretty much all week. We’ll try and play a lot better against Pittsburgh next week.”
The quarterback said he stayed up to watch all of the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night and knows it will be a tough game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
“Yeah, I did. I wanted to watch the end of it,” he said. “It was a good game. It was two hard-nosed, tough football teams that battled all the way to the end. It was a good game. I think that is what you expect this coming week. I feel like we are a tough, hard-nosed football team. Certainly, we know the Steelers are. They have a lot of tough guys. They run the ball well. Ben [Roethlisberger] is an incredible player. They have a lot of good skill players and they’ve always had a great defense. It’s going to be a tough game.”
On Saturday night, Seattle safety Earl Thomas and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis went after Brady on Twitter. This didn’t seem to bother the quarterback.
“I don’t think I have ever been one to say anything negative about anybody,” he said. “That’s just not my personality. I love Earl. He is a helluva player. I wish him the best in his recovery.”
“We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field,” Brady added on Lewis. “I would love to make sure the officials are paying close attention because if we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important.”
Last week, Bleacher Report had an in-depth feature on the quarterback looking at what he does to play at the level he is at age 39. His diet was mentioned and Brady discussed that at length, saying he’s not a vegan.
“I am not 100 percent vegan,” Brady said. “I probably eat a lot of vegan meals, but if someone asked me if I am a vegan I would say no. I probably eat a lot of vegan meals.
“I don’t think I am 100 percent anything. I think there should be a little balance with what you do. If you want a cheeseburger, you should go out and eat a cheeseburger. It’s not that hard. I think once you get used to a certain way of living — like going to bed at a certain time. I don’t think it’s hard to go to bed at 9 o’clock. That’s just what you do. If you go to bed at 10:30, then it’s not that hard to go to bed at 10:30. It’s all learned behavior. After a while you learn what works and what doesn’t work and you just do more of it.”
In the NFC, the Packers will take on the Falcons in the NFC championship game and Brady has been very impressed with the way Aaron Rodgers is playing.
“He does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do just because of his physical ability,” he said. “Some of the plays he makes are just phenomenal. I’ve seen a lot of them. Not just the throws, but the scrambles. He had one in the Giants game and some of the plays yesterday. It’s just his style of play. He’s been doing that for awhile, so I always love watching his tape, admiring what he can do because I can’t do many of those things. He’s just had an incredible season. He’s definitely on a roll so it’s going to be a hell of a game — Atlanta and Green Bay.”