Sunday’s 23-16 Patriots win looked like a classic case of a team doing just enough to win against an overmatched opponent in a game they would be happy to leave without any serious injuries that would hamper them come the postseason.
Doing just enough to win doesn’t sit well with Tom Brady, however. Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe reports that Brady tore into the Patriots in the locker room following the game because of their performance. Per sources who were in the locker room, Brady peppered his remarks with expletives that he didn’t use while sharing his thoughts about the game with the media.
“We played pretty terrible out there,” Brady said. “It came down to the wire, and the defense made some plays. But that was a bad 60 minutes of football. We got outcompeted out there, outfought. We were lucky to win.”
The Patriots have followed up an impressive rout of the Texans with an inconsistent effort in a loss to the 49ers and Sunday’s sluggish effort against Jacksonville. Brady knows that kind of play isn’t going to take them where they want to go in February, so he’s trying to shore things up before December comes to a close.
With a first-round playoff bye still on the table, the Patriots have something to play for in Week 17. Their performance will give us some idea of how Brady’s words were received in New England.