The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Brady on D&C: 'We'll never forget that game'
Mon, 01/23/2012 - 10:47am  

Brady on D&C: 'We'll never forget that game'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, as he begins preparation for his fifth Super Bowl. Brady admittedly was not at his best in Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Ravens, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns, but the Patriots defense helped propel New England to the AFC title.

"The interceptions hurt," Brady said. "It's hard to be productive on offense when you turn the ball over. You go into these games with a plan, with a game plan. They're a very good defense. There are four Hall of Famers on that defense. Every yard, we had to earn. I was driving home yesterday and I said, God, there's some games where you feel like, man, guys are open, bam, you're hitting them. You're moving the ball down the field and you're getting the ball in the end zone, kind of like we did against Denver. And there's other weeks where you're battling for every half a yard. You look at that goal-line situation we had where it's second and a half-yard. You sneak and you think you're in. Then we hand it off on third and you think you're in. Then we got the sneak on fourth down. That's the way it was all day. That's why the Ravens are as good as they are, because they consistently play well on defense.

"I thought we really did move the ball well at times. We didn't do a great job in the red area. And I wish I wouldn't have had the interceptions. But other than that, I thought we did a pretty good job out there. We could have scored more points, but that's every week for us. But it's great to win the game."

The Patriots won the game when Billy Cundiff's 32-yard field goal attempt hooked left with just seconds remaining.

"I couldn't believe it," Brady said. "You sit on the sideline and you're wracking your brain, how you're going to pull this game out. They hit that long play to [Anquan] Boldin and you thought, 'Oh, man.' Then they got to the 11-yard line with plenty of time left, and I though, 'Oh, I hope they don't score here.' Our defense, Sterling [Moore] made a couple of huge plays there, unbelievable plays. Then they come out for the kick and you're kind of getting ready for, 'All right, what are we going to do in overtime?' You look up and the ball doesn't go in. I looked at Billy [O'Brien], and Billy ran over to me. We gave each other a hug. It was a pretty cool feeling. It was a very special night. We'll never forget that game."

Asked if he felt the Patriots have been lucky, Brady said every team has to take advantage of its good fortune.

"Honestly, I don't think you get to this point in the season without a certain degree of luck," he said. "We've been in a lot of tough games all year. Some balls have bounced our way. You see the same thing from the Giants. They barely got into the postseason, and now look at them. They're playing their best football. It's just the way it is. Five, six weeks ago everyone was talking about really two teams, the Packers and the Saints. It was really just a commitment by a lot of guys to be more mentally tough than their opponents.

"To win 10 straight like we have, they certainly haven't all been pretty. The offense has played really well at times. The defense certainly has played really well at times. Special teams, we got huge plays from special teams. It's really been a special season. Now we just have to finish it the way we all want to."

Following are more highlights from the conversation.

On what effect the Nov. 6 game against the Giants will have on the Super Bowl: "We'll certainly look at that game, several times. You see matchups. You see how your guys match up against their guys -- route-running and blocking and so forth. It will have absolutely zero impact on the game, but at the same time, hopefully we can learn some lessons from that game.

"We really lost the turnover battle in that game, which really hurt us. It was a great game. Eli [Manning] drove the team down and they scored with just a few seconds left. It was a great game. it sets up for a great rematch between two teams who have earned the right to represent their conferences in the Super Bowl."

On if he has extra motivation after not playing well Sunday: "There's plenty of motivation there. Just as the Denver game had no impact on yesterday's game, this game will have no impact on the game two weeks from now. I'm going to work as hard as I can these next two weeks to be prepared and to hopefully go out there and play my best game, hopefully the best game I've ever played. That's what I'm expecting, that's what I expect to do. And I know that's what my teammates expect of me."

On the Patriots' Super Bowl XLII loss to the Giants: "I still can't watch highlights from that game. I think that's just the way it is. You get to the end and we had a great opportunity there and really squandered it, because we didn't play our very best."

On defensive standout Vince Wilfork: "He's a phenomenal player. His agility, his quickness, his power, his toughness -- any great adjective you want to describe Vince, you can. He's a great teammate, he's a great leader, a captain. The whole team rallies around him. He's done an incredible job, not only yesterday but all season. Everyone relies on him for that leadership and he certainly provides it, he brings every week."

On honoring the late Myra Kraft: "She's with us every step of the way. We wear those patches on our jersey, and the painting that was commissioned by our team as a present to Mr. Kraft sits in the locker room on game days. I'm sure it will be there on Super Bowl Sunday, too. It's a reminder for us what a special season this is for the owner of our team and his family and all the people who loved Mrs. Kraft so much. There's plenty of spirituality in our locker room, and to have that patch on our jersey. Hopefully we'll go out and represent her well."

For a transcript of the conversation, check the It Is What It Is blog. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.




Audio On Demand

It Is What It Is Cast - P…

It Is What It Is Cast - Patriots NFL Draft Preview

WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price examine what direction the Patriots might take in the upcoming NFL draft and how the team will go about filing their needs, including replacing Darrelle Revis. Petraglia and Price also take a close look at the Patriots' 2015 schedule and what to expect this season.

Ian Rapoport @RAPSHEET, NFL Network, chats with Chris Price on NFL Sunday 4-19-15

Ian talks with Chris about the NFL offseason and specifically what the Pats have done and will do. He talks about NFL free agency, if Brandon Spike will come back to New England, all things NFL Draft and more in an extensive interview.

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

in hour 2 of NFL Sunday, Greg and Chris discuss some news from around the league including the Philip Rivers situation in San Diego, if the Titans may sign Rivers, where Marcus Mariota may end up, and what the Jets will do. Price talks with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport about all things NFL offseason and the draft. Finally, the guys touch on if the NFL is over-saturating fans with too much coverage all year round now.

Dickerson and Tomase disc…

Dickerson and Tomase discuss the Celtics and their upcoming playoff series against the Cavs 4-19-15

Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?

Brian Scalabrine: I am the biggest Marcus Smart fan. 4-2-15

Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push, 3-25-15

Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.

Brock Holt on the Player …

Brock Holt on the Player of the Game Show

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox super utility man Brock Holt, who hit the game winning 3 run home run that propelled the Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles, and played some stellar defense to seal the win.

Sean Casey joins MFB 4-23-15

Continued Red Sox talk on benching Victorino and the Red Sox pitching issues..and Sean's love for the band Poison.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

Dale and Michael check in with the Red Sox manager John Farrell for his weekly take on all things Boston Red Sox.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL repor…

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #1 - 4-19-15

DJ, Naoko and Pete get into the huge week for the Bruins that saw the franchise move on from GM Peter Chiarelli. They discuss why that was done and if they agree. What does this mean for Claude? They talk about Claude and if he can exist here. If not, who would work in Boston? They also get into the NHL Draft Lottery last night and talk to ESPN Boston's Joey "National" McDonald live from Tampa, Florida.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Transgendered Child 4-24-15

Gary, Gerry and Kirk talk about a set of parents who decided to have their child's gender changed into being a boy.

Tsarnaev Family Arrives in Boston, With Michele McPhee 4-24-15

The guys talk about the Tsarnaev family arriving in Boston and staying at a local hotel. Michele McPhee joins the show to talk about the family.

Tom Brady Snubs President Obama 4-24-15

Gary, Gerry and Kirk argue about whether or not Tom Brady's absence from the Patriots' trip to the White House was disrespectful or not.

The New Fauria Five 4-24-…

The New Fauria Five 4-24-15

Led by Christian Fauria, the guys delve into 5 topics relating to all the hometown teams. There is a new intro by a special guest, plus Lou Merloni, DJ extraordinaire, nails the post.

Do the Celtics have a chance at winning Game 4? 4-24-15

The guys debate whether or not the Celtics even have a chance against the Cavs in game 4 and what the mentality of fans should be.

Aloha Friday 4-24-15

We check in with Senior White House Correspondent Joe Zarbano on this edition of Aloha Friday

Discussing the Patriots 2…

Discussing the Patriots 2015 Draft with ESPN's Todd McShay

Michael, Jerry and Dale speak with draft guru Todd McShay of ESPN for some insight on what the Patriots might do in the upcoming draft.

Getting inside Rajon Rondo's head with ESPN's Baxter Holmes

We talk to Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com and discuss his column on Rajon Rondo from ESPN and ESPN the Magazine.

Nearing 100 days since deflategate... still no word on a decision

Dale and Michael discuss some news on deflategate as the 100 day mark approaches us.

The Mikey Adams Show 4-20…

The Mikey Adams Show 4-20 Edition with Lenny Megs & Erin the Textress on Patriots Day

Mikey, Lenny, and Erin talk about the Sox 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Patriots Day and the Sox hold on first place in the AL East. Also, the Celtics trail the Cavs 1 Game to 0 in their 1st Round series and the 2015 Boston Marathon is in the books.

The Planet Mikey Show Monday 4-13 Sox Home Opener and Season Ender

Mikey Adams, joined by Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani, talks about the Red Sox home opening win at Fenway and the Bruins fallout after missing the playoffs including the future of Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien.

Chris Price joins Mike Mutnansky

Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season

Fantasy Football Podcast …

Fantasy Football Podcast NFL Draft Edition 1

Football fans and Fantasy Footballers know that there is NO Offseason in the NFL, so Jim and Pete are back with the first of a series of Fantasy Football Podcasts of the “NFL Draft variety.” Tune in and you’ll get an in depth analysis on Pete’s most first batch of scouting reports on this year’s crop of Rookie Targets. Jim and Pete kick it off with a lot of focus on a Runningback rich draft class, some of the top Wide Receiver talent and touch on the top Quarterbacks, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Enjoy!

Wrestlecast 4/21

Uncle Buck joins Chris on the show again to talk about Raw from 4/20, finishing maneuvers and gives a few classic match picks.

We Love Anthony Davis - 2015 Playoff Preview

Ben and Sam are joined by Julian Edlow from WEEI.com to give their predictions on every series in the NBA Playoffs.

Patriots meet the Preside…

Patriots meet the President, and why didn't Tom Brady attend?

We listen in on the Patriots Super Bowl visit to the White House, and then discuss why MVP Tom Brady was not in attendance.

More from this show

Tom Brady Snubs President…

Tom Brady Snubs President Obama 4-24-15

Gary, Gerry and Kirk argue about whether or not Tom Brady's absence from the Patriots' trip to the White House was disrespectful or not.

More from this show

CAN SOMEBODY GET KIRK A C…

CAN SOMEBODY GET KIRK A COMPUTER? 4-22-15

Kirk has reached his breaking point with the studio's technology.

More from this show

Tsarnaev Family Arrives i…

Tsarnaev Family Arrives in Boston, With Michele McPhee 4-24-15

The guys talk about the Tsarnaev family arriving in Boston and staying at a local hotel. Michele McPhee joins the show to talk about the family.

More from this show

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Transgendered Child 4-24-15

Gary, Gerry and Kirk talk about a set of parents who decided to have their child's gender changed into being a boy.

More from this show

Weei Writers