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...
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in postgame remarks on the field following the Patriots' 23-20 victory to reach the Super Bowl, expressed gratitude to his defense for the role it played in punching New England's ticket to Indianapolis. Though Brady tied Joe Montana for the most playoff wins (16) in NFL history, he deflected credit for the accomplishment.
"Well, I sucked pretty bad today but our defense saved us. I’m going to try to go out and do a better job in a couple of weeks," Brady smirked on the Gillette Stadium podium. "I’m proud of my teammates. You fans were unbelievable today – the 12th man. We needed it. We’re going to try to go out and kick some butt in a couple weeks."
Brady was 22-of-36 for 239 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. However, he did convert a fourth-quarter, fourth-down quarterback sneak for the touchdown that gave the Patriots their winning score.
FOXBORO -- Billy Cundiff missed a potential game-tying 32-yard field goal wide left with 11 seconds remaining and Vince Wilfork forced a Joe Flacco incompletion on fourth-and-6 at the Patriots' 33 as New England held on for a heart-pounding 23-20 win over the Ravens in the AFC championship at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will play in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis after claiming their seventh AFC title.
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Boston survived a blown two-goal lead and a second-period hat trick from Scott Hartnell in the victory. While Hartnell had a natural hat trick in a matter of 16 minutes, Milan Lucic had a Gordie Howe hat trick. The Bruins winger scored his 17th goal of the season in the first period and fought Tom Sestito before assisting a David Krejci goal.
The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead 50 seconds into the game on Patrice Bergeron's 15th goal of the year, but Dennis Seidenberg accidentally tipped a puck in front into the Bruins' net, resulting in a goal credited to Maxime Talbot. The Bruins regained the lead in the first with goals from Tyler Seguin and Lucic, but Hartnell's three goals in the second period had the Flyers leading, 4-3, entering the third.
The Bruins came back strong in the third, tying it and taking...
FOXBORO -- In a nightmarish scenario, Rob Gronkowski injured his left ankle on a tackle from Bernard Pollard late in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field.
He was taken to the locker room for further examination. Gronkowski returned on the next series, blocking on the offensive line as Tom Brady dove head first into the end zone for TD on fourth and goal from the 1.
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