Tom Brady didn’t see last night’s win as a way to silence critics

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In their first game since an ESPN report suggested that personality conflicts may cause a split among the three most important members of the Patriots’ organization, the Patriots romped. After the game, quarterback Tom Brady was asked whether he personally enjoyed what amounted to a silencing of the critics.

“You know what, no,” Brady told reporters following the 35-14 victory over Tennessee. “I’ve been around long enough; 18 years. There’s been so many nice things said about me. That just goes with the territory. I just try to be consistent, show up and do the best I can do every week for the team and regardless of whether I’m the worst quarterback in the league or the best quarterback in the league or somewhere in-between, it’s just my job is to do the best I can do for us every week. It was a good team win today. We’re going to need another one next week. Whoever we play is going to be a great team. I’m looking forward to playing in the championship game.”

Whatever is going on for Brady and the team away from the field, Brady agreed that the football field has become a sanctuary for him.

“I think it always feels that way and I think being on the field is a great place to, you know, that’s where you go prove it,” Brady said. “You can talk all day about what you’re going to do or what you can do. Ultimately, you’ve got to go out there and do it. I think just having the opportunity to go play and I’ve had so many great teammates over the years and this team has done such a great job this year focusing on what we need to. When you get out there, that’s the best part of the week. To be in the playoffs and to play well and to advance is just really great for this team. Like I said, we’ve just got to do it again next week.”

Brady completed 35 of 53 passes on Saturday night (68 percent) for 337 yards and three touchdowns. He wasn’t sacked, and he had no turnovers.

Not bad for a guy who turned 40 before the season even began. He’ll need to keep it up as he gets one week, and then another two weeks, deeper into his fifth decade if he wants to get his hands on a Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time.

44 responses to “Tom Brady didn’t see last night’s win as a way to silence critics

  1. Of course the criticism fueled Brady. It always does! That’s why Belichick was just fine with the timing (and the content) of the ESPN story. Came in a bye week just after the Patriots held their last practice before a mini-break so nobody was around for the few days to have to answer for it. Belichick got his point across with his QB and with his owner.

  2. It’s the refs, it’s the air pressure, it’s the system, it’s the video, but he only can throw 2 yards (my favorite moronic quote by the way…)

    This continues to be the most hilarious ongoing excuse-fest I’ve ever seen.

    …and all you dopes can’t allow yourself to see what rational fans ALL see…

    You’re watching the best player in league history. Not best quarterback—best PLAYER.

    I’d say, “enjoy” , but….

  3. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:02 am
    It’s Bradys sanctuary because he knows he’s got the refs and the clock operator on his side


    You do know, and Romo even said afterward, that the NFL controls the clock?

    The old saying about “it’s better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt” comes to mind.

  4. I get the dislike of Brady and the Patriots, success brings contempt, lots of success brings hatred but the guy is a very humble man with the fire and desire to win. Hate him by all means but he deserves your respect.

  5. Don’t get me wrong, the Pats are one of the Best Teams in 20 years … but the Officiating last night, and for the past couple of years, was in a word atrocious and embarrassing!! The NFL should be figuring out a way to fix it, or more viewers will do as I did, just turn the damn thing off!

  6. 2 rings in the last 3 years; 7th consecutive and 12th of last 16 appearances in AFC title games; seven trips to the Superbowl; 5 rings

    “Just imagine how much more the Patriots could have achieved if Brady, Belichick and Kraft didn’t all hate each other…”
    -Seth Wickersham

  7. Brady never sees playing as a way to silence critics, because he doesn’t care what critics say. He has had the philosophy for a long time that what other people say is their issue, not his.

  8. ‘ I get by with a little help from my friends ‘
    Thanks to all my teammates, by buddies on the OL holding the opposition, my wily coaches
    who know just how to gain an edge. Our great owner who generously invested so heavily in creating
    the most extensive library, and my coordinator for helping me read all those many play books of
    other teams. And of course, a special thanks to friends in stripes, and those back at the replay center,
    who know what I need, and always put me in a position to get the win.

    No matter if I’m the best QB in the league, or the worst, or maybe somewhere in between, they find
    a way to make me look good. I couldn’t do it without them.

  9. .
    Lost in the debris pile of sketchy reporting foisted upon us by the worldwide leader in manufactured sports news, is Brady’s skill as a field general. Not only is his ability to read defenses and change the play on the spot unsurpassed, but he coaxes unexpected performances from many others. Last night’s unsung hero was Danny Amendola whose 11/ 112 was a greater total than Gronk and Cooks combined.

  10. It must be the refs? What else could it be?

    Wins Losses Win%
    222 64 77.62%

    Completions Attempts Yards TD Int
    6495 10183 75590 554 191
    04th 03rd 03rd 03rd 53rd(?)

    11 AFC Championships
    07 AFC Championship Wins

    07 Super Bowls
    05 Super Bowl Wins

  11. Everyone that was watching the recent Patriots\Titans playoff game saw the no call on the OPI where Corey Davis did a similar one handed catch while the other arm was being used to push off the Malcolm Butler. That no call gave the Titans the early lead in that game. That OPI wasn’t as flagrant at what Martavis Bryant got away with for the Steelers. But it was obvious that Davis learned that move by watching film of the recent Patriots\Steelers game.

    With the refs not making these calls in order to help the Steelers and the Titans, the Patriots defenders had no chance on these plays. If the Pats defenders had pushed the arms away that were being used for the push offs they will be called for defensive interference.

    We all remember that recent game against the Bill’s where the refs were helping Bills by calling a phantom OPI call on Gronk and then on another play allowed a defender to commit several non called penalties against Gronk. The refs are always out to favor any team is playing against the Patriots.

  12. Pats — easiest division. Easiest schedule. Friendly refs. Tuck Rule Tommy whining when he gets touched. Same crap every year. No wonder the NFL is losing viewers

  13. I’m beginning to suspect that the refs are flawed human beings that call games to the best of their ability with no particular bias or ulterior motive.

  14. Della Street says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:24 am
    Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:02 am
    It’s Bradys sanctuary because he knows he’s got the refs and the clock operator on his side


    The field officials and clock operator could have been Titans staffers and it wouldn’t have made a bit of difference. That was a straight-up pummeling.

  15. bubbahotepp says:
    January 14, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Pats — easiest division. Easiest schedule. Friendly refs. Tuck Rule Tommy whining when he gets touched. Same crap every year. No wonder the NFL is losing viewers

    That’s all nonsense!
    Especially bring up the “tuck rule” buzzword. The refs called the rule the way the rule was written….the only scandal from that play is that the Raiders were cheating on that same play.

    If you look for a video online titled “THE TUCK RULE – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY” you can see #21 Eric Allen Raiders cornerback standing on the Patriots sideline as the Patriots are talking about the play the Patriots are going to run.

    In the video Eric Allen is interviewed and he says that he told the Raiders coaches that information. The Raiders then put a defense in to specifically cover the player that Tom Brady was going to pass to. That is why Tom Brady had to tuck the football in the first place.

    So if the Raiders did not steal the Patriots play call with that sleazy tactic, then the tuck rule play never happens and the GOAT completes a pass to win the game. Tom Brady obviously had the skill to complete a pass when the other team doesn’t know the play.
    The Tuck Rule was already a rule in the NFL rule book so the fact that the referees called it according to the rule book was what it was their jobs to do.

  16. Seems a lot of whining about refs. That of course is always the rule, your team lose’s blame the refs. Not a fan of any of the teams left so keep up the whining, may the best team win.

  17. terripet says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    Mark it down Brady throws 2 interceptions


    Brady last night: 337yds passing, 3 TDs, 0 picks

    Doesn’t it ever get exhausting being wrong so often? It’s actually quite impressive how consistently it happens. Kudos on this unique skill.

    Maybe you can tell us how the Colts are prepared for a Super Bowl run again this year…

  18. NFL fans want a fairly officiated game. Mistakes will be made but 2 blatant mistakes in the 2nd qtr changed momentum and followed with 14 pats scored by the Pats. No one thinks the refs determined the game but it’s frustrating to see a game change drastically because of 2 blown calls.

    Refs also missed the holding/face mask on the 4th down fail at the end of the half. If they call it Titans get another 4th down play. So 3 blown calls in the 2nd qtr and the long second at the end of the half all aided the Pats.

    Oh and I’m clarifying for the idiots that I know the NFL controls the clock just like they control the refs.

  19. terripet says:
    January 14, 2018 at 10:42 am
    You played the worst team in the playoffs and you still looked terrible

    Last two seasons…Best records against playoff teams….

    1) New England 12-3
    2) Tennessee 8-4

  20. Be nice to terripet, she was up an extra six hours waiting for Brady to throw two INTs during postgame interviews.

  21. Is absolutely OUTSTANDING to wake up the next morning after you watched your favorite football team CONTINUE to DOMINATE the league as it attempts to win its 6th Lombardi……
    I mean NFL RECORDS are dropping like flies & NEW ONES are being established in EVERY GAME the Patfiots play in…..AWESOME!!!

  22. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    January 14, 2018 at 11:44 am
    NFL fans want a fairly officiated game. No one thinks the refs determined the game

    The problem, again is that folks, including announcers, have selective memory. People are pointing to an OPI call against Decker as a game changing blown call. He clearly strikes the defender in the face which is a penalty. What folks forget is that Decker did the same exact thing on Tennessee’s final possession of the half where he gets into Chung’s face and pushes his face mask. Chung fights back and gets called for illegal contact which gave the Titans a first down where they faced 3rd and long initially. Tennessee simply blew the opportunity they were given. Two calls that went EACH way.
    On the encroachment call New England started in the shadow of their own goal posts because they were flagged for holding on the punt. Guy was penalized on the play but he was the only player in the backfield putting pressure on the punter. He never even made contact with a Tennessee player but was flagged (it’s possible the refs misidentified the number). Then Tennessee jumped into the neutral zone causing a nearly simultaneous jump by two NE players three plays later. The call was correct and the two plays in context show the officiating was EVEN yet the commentary is not.

  23. Brady doesn’t focus on anything outside the game and team he’s facing which is why he has 5 rings and I’m far from a Patriots fan and like most people are tired of seeing em dominate the league but I do gotta ask where does this talk of having refs and the league on their side come from? This is the same team who was penalized for alleged, but not proven, ball tampering while other teams have gotten off without so much as in investigation for other infractions. Again not a Pats fan but stop with the elementary school playground argument just because your team couldn’t stop em

  24. Brady has no control over inane criticism and comparisons to guys like Luck that have done little in this league. The idea that Luck could be intellectually superior to Brady, attracting McDaniels to Indy, is laughable. I know he went to Stanford but Brady’s football IQ is off the charts; he processes information immediately and makes adjustments in the huddle, at the line of scrimmage, and during the play.

    Only one coach, Coughlin, has consistently limited Brady in big games so it will be interesting to see what happens if the Jags beat the Steelers.

  25. The idea that refs risk their jobs to help the Pats is illogical. I am sure it is emotionally satisfying to fans of teams that are sick of seeing the Patriots win but it is insulting to the refs, the Patriots, and competing teams.

  26. Clock stopping mysteriously. Offensive pass interference that didn’t happen. Offside on a kick despite false start by the kicking team. IT. JUST. LOOKS. BAD.

  27. .
    refs handed them the game just like they handed them the super bowl last year…
    after the 2nd bogus penalty against Decker I turned the game off.
    whats the point of watching a game where the refs CONSISTENTLY keep making up penalties to give the pats a first down?

  28. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    January 14, 2018 at 11:44 am

    “…Mistakes will be made but 2 blatant mistakes in the 2nd qtr changed momentum and followed with 14 pats scored by the Pats…”

    Neat. Now those things formerly known as “points” will now be known as “pats”. I’m cool with that, but conversations might get a bit confusing.

  29. If you know about Brady’s college career you would realise that he has been battling doubters all his footballing life. Even his draft status showed nobody really rated him and only by chance he landed in New England because of someone that knew someone that persuaded the Patriots brain trust to have a punt in the late rounds. So what does the lanky scrawny dude do during his rookie camp, grab the owner who was walking bye, introduced himself and told Kraft something on the lines of ” you will not regret the choice you made drafting me. And you think Brady cares about what never beens write or say about him.

  30. “Win?” You call playing the Titans as another freebie playoff game thanks to NE playing in the non competitive AFC East a “win.” Talk about stretching the truth – again.

  31. It is getting very difficult to watch the Patriots. Every game there is controversy over penalties. Does any one know how many flags were thrown in the Titans-Pats game? It was beyond acceptable.

  32. Michael LaRocca, Technical Editor says:
    January 14, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    The best way to silence the critics is to stop cheating.
    Not rewarding the cheaters seems like a better solution.

    It’s time for the NFL to finally announce the results the PSI measurements that they collected during the 2015 NFL season. Then the NFL can then make amends for when 31 teams cheated the patriots in 2 consecutive NFL drafts by stealing draft picks from the patriots. The NFL also forced Brady miss 25% of the 2016 season.

    Once everyone sees the PSI report they will understand that footballs always drop PSI when it’s cold…everyone will then understand that the NFL is being fair when the NFL awards the patriots the 1st and 2nd picks in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

  33. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    He is the GOAT SYSTEM QB. Critics are just embarrassing themselves at this point.

    Bruce Lee didn’t believe in systems and the Patriots are the only team in the NFL that doesn’t have a system. The patriots adapt to their opponents. The Patriots are the Bruce Lee of the NFL.

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