After holding off the Ravens, 23-20, in the AFC championship game, Bill Belichick's Patriots are going to the Super Bowl for the fifth time. Together with Tom Brady, that's the most Super Bowl trips of any coach-quarterback combination in league history.
"Anything that's associated with winning, I'm proud of," Belichick said. "There's no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady. He's the best. He does so much for us in so many ways on so many different levels. I'm very fortunate that he's our quarterback and what he's able to do for this team. It's good to win with him and all the rest of our players. If that's more than somebody else did, I don't really care about that."
After the game in which he threw two interceptions and was held without a touchdown pass, Brady said that he "sucked" and the defense bailed him out. Belichick, as usual, wouldn't make about it any one player.
"I think there's a lot of things in the game that could have been better, that's obvious," the coach said. "We did enough things to win against a good football team and they made some mistakes out there, too."
But Belichick clearly likes his team, and he explained why.
"We've got a competitive team," he said. "We've had a lot of things that haven't been perfect out there, but we got everybody [who] will stand in there and fight and go all the way through, and that's a good place to be. That's what I like about this team. They're tough, they're completive. They don't ever lose their confidence. They just go out there and keep competing and see what happens."
As for the kick missed by Baltimore's Billy Cundiff that would have tied the game, Belichick said: "You've got to make plays under pressure in this league. That's not the first one."
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