Though he didn’t point to the center field wall at Gillette Stadium in the waning moments of Monday night’s thrilling win over the Bills, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady impersonated Babe Ruth for a much smaller audience.
Per Peter King of SI.com, Brady entered the huddle with 5:32 remaining and his team trailing by 11 points, and he delivered an unequivocal message to the rest of the offense.
“Get your hats on,” Brady said. “We’re gonna score before the
two-minute warning, get the ball back, then we’re gonna score again and
win this thing!”
(In an unrelated note, Matt Hasselbeck just shifted in his chair.)
“He knew,” receiver Randy Moss said after the game, according to King. “When you got a guy like that, speaking like that, leading you
like that, there ain’t nothing for the other 10 of us to do but shut up
and go out and make plays.”
They did, and they pulled it off.
And so while the scoreboard doesn’t indicate it, Brady has returned with a bang as loud as a blowout would have created. Arguably, last night’s outcome will resonate even more loudly within the Patriots’ locker room.