Tom Brady: Our defense set the tone

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls in Sunday night’s 13-3 win over the Rams, but he wasn’t the same driving force in the win that he’s been in some of the team’s past victories.

Brady and the offense put up three points through the first 53 minutes of the game and he spent a lot of time after the game talking about the job that the New England defense did to keep the Rams from moving ahead on the scoreboard. He said it was fortunate that the defense “really played the best game they have all season” while the offense “grinded it out.”

“Yeah, it was tough,” Brady said of going into halftime with a 3-0 lead. “We just couldn’t make the big play, we just couldn’t stay on the field on third down. We just knew we had a whole half to go, defense set the tone. They held them, we got some good field position for them. They held them and finally we kind of broke through in the fourth quarter, we kind of needed that.”

It’s a big change from last season when Brady threw for 505 yards while the defense gave up 538 in a 41-33 loss to the Eagles, but the final score assures it is a welcome one.

78 responses to “Tom Brady: Our defense set the tone

  1. Brady did not have a good game….until the 4th quarter.

    The greatest clutch QB in the history of the sport by a huge margin.

  2. Yes they did – Brady & the Offense stunk for most of the game but proved they are BEST coached team in league on BOTH sides of the ball!
    I’m am hopeful that Flores “bucks” the trend of previous NE Assistants going on to HC elsewhere, as his Defense really played the best game of the year & probably the best NE Defense in any SB!

  3. People keep calling this game boring. It had just as much anticipation as last year though but for the opposite reason. You knew somebody was going to make something happen at some point and the Patriots has a decisive scoring drive to break the tie and you had to wonder when McVay was going to pull the proverbial rabbit out of his hat.

    Granted he never did, but the fact remains this was a tight game that could’ve gone either way until the second half of the fourth quarter basically.

    Incredible run by the Pats. As a Falcons die hard who also loves the Seahawks(I’m from Federal Way) I have my fair share of reasons to be bitter(and I am), but I also appreciate greatness and what the Patriots have accomplished is nothing short of spectacular. If you aren’t in awe, you’re simply a hater in my book because we’ve all been on the wrong side of the Patriots greatness at some point or another.

  4. The defense was lights out. Unfortunately now we have to read about how dreadfully boring the game was. Apparently no one could change the channel. Some people just have to cry and whine and get outraged about something. Go find a safe space and replay the game on your Madden video game so that the final score is 61-60…

  5. This game proves yet again that bill doesn’t need two yard Tommy, he’s proven it in the past

    Most overrated QB, overhyped media sensation

  6. lol this is the first super bowl I’ve seen in a long time where nobody gave a crap. Boring game, same team again. Everybody I knew was out doing something else…

  7. This was definitely a “My Bad Last Year” game by Bill. Way to come through in a big way this year. Wish they spared one of those dozen stops for last year, but heck, a win is a win. Good job, Patriots.

  8. finfansince68 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:42 pm
    Yes they did – Brady & the Offense stunk for most of the game but proved they are BEST coached team in league on BOTH sides of the ball!
    I’m am hopeful that Flores “bucks” the trend of previous NE Assistants going on to HC elsewhere, as his Defense really played the best game of the year & probably the best NE Defense in any SB!

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    Brady & the Offense didnt stink. The Rams D was playing that well

  9. crunchtyme72 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    This game proves yet again that bill doesn’t need two yard Tommy, he’s proven it in the past

    Most overrated QB, overhyped media sensation
    ——
    Huh? So if Brady is overrated then what does that make Jared Goff? You do realize that Brady is 41 years old and just won his sixth Super Bowl, right? How is that overrated and overhyped? Is it because he didn’t throw 6 TDs and pass for 1,000 yards? I like how the goal posts keep moving for the haters to rationalize their own insane hatred of the GOAT.

  10. crunchtyme72 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    This game proves yet again that bill doesn’t need two yard Tommy, he’s proven it in the past

    Most overrated QB, overhyped media sensation

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    Bill has never made it to the big dance, nevermind win one, without Tom Brady. It’s cute of you to make these observations on one of the rare days the offense struggles while the defense is lights out, but your so called “overrated” QB is all time 1st in playoff stats, all time 2-3 in regular season stats, and most game winning drives.

    To say that Bill could have done it with anybody is a joke, because first, he hasn’t. And second, not “anybody” can rise to the occasion as often as Tom has. When the going gets tough, most others wilt. Like Jared Goff did tonight, unfortunately.

  11. You Just Got Tom Brady’d says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:54 pm
    The defense was lights out. Unfortunately now we have to read about how dreadfully boring the game was. Apparently no one could change the channel. Some people just have to cry and whine and get outraged about something. Go find a safe space and replay the game on your Madden video game so that the final score is 61-60…
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    This.

    The Chiefs Rams game this year was not football. Defense is part of this game too. And it was a treat to watch.

  12. I give up. Brady is the GOAT. He didn’t have his best game but he drove down the field at the end when they needed it..as usual. He is also humble enough to credit the other players on his team (defense) for playing a great game.

  13. When you factor in prolly 3 of their Superbowls are likely tainted…they’ve put themselves in position to be the best of all time ahead of the Terry Bradshaw Steelers reign…if they win one more…which I think they might…Congrats Pats!

  14. Brady carried the team past the Chiefs while getting lasered in the face. It was nice that he didn’t have to solo this game too. Total team win.

  15. Edelman as mvp is kind of a joke especially in a 13-3 game. A lot of catches and yards that amounted to nothing. Here was an opportunity to give it to a defensive player in a defensive game and the league dropped the ball. Maybe hard to pick just one but shutting down cooks most of the game, breaking bup two sure TDs and making the game sealing int was probably enough for 24 to be named MVP.

  16. crunchtyme72 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    This game proves yet again that bill doesn’t need two yard Tommy, he’s proven it in the past

    Most overrated QB, overhyped media sensation

    12 123 Rate This

    GOAT X 6. Sweet dreams tonight bud!

  17. crunchtyme72 says:February 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    “This game proves yet again that bill doesn’t need two yard Tommy, he’s proven it in the past. Most overrated QB, overhyped media sensation”

    ====================

    Someone still had to score more points against a stout Rams defense to win and Brady did it in crunch time so what’s your point?

  18. The Patriots are all about coaching. They have a couple great players but all the players buy into coaches and the coaches buy into Belichick.
    Pat’s defense dominated and Gronk had the play of the game at the end.
    All things being equal I’d have to call the Patriots team of this era the best of all time. For the most part they have a bunch of no name guys year after year who shine at the end. I have to attribute it to the coaching. Great team that will probably be back a couple more times with Brady at QB and Belichick.

  19. That was like a time machine going back to Super Bowl VII in 1973. Where Bob Griese had 88 yards passing. Good times.

  20. Brady was under a lot of pressure and the Rams deserve credit. But that TD drive with 9 minutes to go was vintage Brady. He dropped in two perfect passes to Gronk with a couple of lazers to Edelman and Burkhead to get them to the 1 yard line. Sony Michel did the rest and that was the game.

  21. J K says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:58 am
    …shutting down cooks most of the game, breaking up two sure TDs and making the game sealing int was probably enough for 24 to be named MVP.
    —————————————————————-

    Yeah, Gilmore or Hightower would also have been worthy MVPs, or maybe just a generic ‘Defense’ if there could be such a thing, or Belichick/Flores if possible, but it is not exactly like Edelman was not worthy.

  22. superpatriotsfan says:
    February 4, 2019 at 7:42 am
    😭😭😭😭
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    All hail the World Champion Patriots! 🙂

  23. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 4, 2019 at 7:25 am
    Brady was under a lot of pressure and the Rams deserve credit. But that TD drive with 9 minutes to go was vintage Brady. He dropped in two perfect passes to Gronk with a couple of lazers to Edelman and Burkhead to get them to the 1 yard line. Sony Michel did the rest and that was the game.

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    Yup. Apparently they made a personnel adjustment that the Rams did not expect and the GOAT and the offense went ahead and did their thing.

  24. Legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant famously said:
    “Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.”

    This game still proves that adage to be true,
    Even in this pass-happy, QB-friendly era we currently live in.

    Congrats to the Pats for finding different ways to win Championships.

  25. Dillon Pauls says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:16 am
    lol this is the first super bowl I’ve seen in a long time where nobody gave a crap. Boring game, same team again. Everybody I knew was out doing something else…
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    Then everyone should have cleaned up gambling on the game.

    If you knew ahead of time it would be boring you and your friends could have made the appropriate bets. I’m sure a bet of total points 16 or less paid off pretty well.
    How’d you do?

    BTW, this was Pats blowout. BIGGEST point differential in any of their SB wins.
    Double freakin digits. Amazing!!!!!!!!!

  26. That KC Rams game was a steaming pile of garbage. This one was so much better. Gimme defense anyday,

  27. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 8:47 am
    All credit to Wade Phillips for having a game plan for the Rams D that was damn good
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    Very Giants like. I didn’t want to believe they could replicate that but they did. Full credit to Wade and his defensive team.

  28. Dan Sardo says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:41 pm
    Brady did not have a good game….until the 4th quarter.

    The greatest clutch QB in the history of the sport by a huge margin.

    In 9 super bowls, Brady has now led the team down the field 7 times in the 4th quarter to take the lead.

  29. February 4, 2019 at 8:33 am
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 4, 2019 at 7:25 am
    Brady was under a lot of pressure and the Rams deserve credit. But that TD drive with 9 minutes to go was vintage Brady. He dropped in two perfect passes to Gronk with a couple of lazers to Edelman and Burkhead to get them to the 1 yard line. Sony Michel did the rest and that was the game.

    ——
    Yup. Apparently they made a personnel adjustment that the Rams did not expect and the GOAT and the offense went ahead and did their thing.

    Exactly – they went with 2 TE, 2 RBs and forced Rams to cover Gronk and RBs with LBs.

  30. Just gotta love how Adam Schein was raving for FREAKIN’ WEEKS about “his” Rams and “his” guy Goff and “his” guy Philip Rivers, and “his” guy Mahomes and how they were all going to beat the Pats. How that work out for ya, Adam? Listening to him this last week on Mad Dog Radio was becoming sickening he was gushing over Goff and the Rams so much. So last night’s win was all that much sweeter knowing all the crow this guy was going to have to eat for breakfast today, even as he was still bragging out how great all his picks were against the Pats. Love it. GO PATS! And GO BRADY!!!!!!!!!! GOAT by a wide margin….

  31. electricboogalo says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Only Trent Dilfer had to do less as a QB to win a SB.
    ——————————————————

    Lots of examples to question this assumption. A recent one for example has the following stats for Peyton Manning of Broncos in their win over the Panthers in 2015. Manning’s stats:

    13-23 141 yards 0 tds 1 int 56.6 qb rating

  32. I just love how Patriot Hater is thumping their chest this morning over the GOAT putting up down numbers last night. Like it’s some consolation prize. D

    Too bad no World Champion Patriots fan give a crap about that. We will take a Brady 71 passer rating or whatever it was last night and a Super Bowl W over a Brady record breaking Super Bowl performance last year and a Super Bowl L,

    Every.

    Single.

    Time.

    So y’all can zip it now. This is OUR time. This is OUR league. And we own each and every single one of y’all.

    Cheers cupcakes! Back to gloat some more later.

    🙂

  33. Nice game plan, and excellent execution by the players. Some are ripping on the Rams coaching and offense, but I like how the broadcast pointed out a few times how well the Pats were covering all of the receivers and not giving Goff many options. The Rams gave a valiant effort, especially defensively. In some ways, this seemed like it should have been a blowout, but the Rams at least kept it fairly close with their defense.

  34. sweetwater98 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 3:40 am
    6 time Champ. Name one more QB tone in that position?

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    Uhhh yeah…. Otto Graham. Who went to 10 straight Championships and won 7, while compiling the first undefeated season, as opposed to a tainted 16-1*, nearly parlaying it into two full undefeated seasons.

    You could say, and anyone being honest with themselves WOULD say that Brady isn’t in Graham’s league of greatness and it really, truly isn’t close.

  35. Not a fan of NE , but damn, all they do is win, regardless of adversity. Brady is the Best, don’t care about his stats, just his command and ability to take what the defense gives him is incredible. He essentially played backyard catch with Edelman, throw in a couple chunks to Gronkowski and game over. BB once again confused the hell out of a young QB, essentially eliminating his ability to READ the field. QB Goff left a lot of open targets out there. Should have countered with dink plays to Gurley. But oops, he was on the bench reading the SB program or something. Todd Gurley seemed completely detached from the game! .??? Hopefully, the Rams punter had a built in incentive bonus where he receives $ 100 K for every Super Bowl punt he completes. AFC rules this year! Thanks Pats.

  36. Uhhh yeah…. Otto Graham. Who went to 10 straight Championships and won 7

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    You’re really comparing NFL championships in the leather helmet era to 6 Super Bowl championships. LOL. That’s all that needs to be said.

  37. crunchtyme72 says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    This game proves yet again that bill doesn’t need two yard Tommy, he’s proven it in the past

    Most overrated QB, overhyped media sensation
    ====================
    And that throw to Gronk to get them on the 2 yard line proves this. LM+OL

  38. superpatriotsfan says:
    February 4, 2019 at 7:42 am
    Brady being bailed out by his defense once again.

    Sure,
    Just like Dilfer, McMahon, Manning, Manning, Manning, Flacco

    should I go on?

  39. If Brady had a deep threat he would of been much better than last night.Think about it Hogan couldn’t get open Dorsett disappeared Peterson dropped alot of Balls and there run Game barely made any noise.The only weapons he had was Elderman and Gronk who was limping by the 4th Quater.This is the reason why he is the Greatest because any Quaterback in the league aside from Rodgers and Brees they would of been a mess last night but Brady figured something out to get a W

  40. Bonds was just passed up for the 7th year for MLB HOF….no one under BB has been inducted and no one ever will….for obvious reasons

  41. I love how now that Montana has been officially, irreversibly and undeniably relegated to 2nd best, or 3rd if you want to go Otto and include a guy who’s first 4 years weren’t even in the NFL. Yeah, 12 game, 9 team, part time players who had jobs loading trucks in the offseason league Otto? Silly on a silly string.

  42. electricboogalo says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Only Trent Dilfer had to do less as a QB to win a SB.
    ==================
    You CLEARLY did not watch the last PManning SB win!!!! LMAO

  43. electricboogalo says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Only Trent Dilfer had to do less as a QB to win a SB.

    ———–

    I don’t know…..that TD drive included some amazing passes to take the lead against a really good Rams defense. Brady may not have put up gaudy statistics last night, but he still managed to score 10 points in the 4th quarter when it counted.

  44. McDaniels game plan was lousy. According to Peter King (FMIA), in the 4th quarter, McDaniels told the offense he was ripping up the game plan & went with a heavier team. Two tight ends (Dwight Allen & Gronk), Develin & Burkehead with Edelman the only small guy. That broke the logjam and allowed the Pats to run the ball and Brady to engineer the TD.

  45. nflhofcounts says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Bonds was just passed up for the 7th year for MLB HOF….no one under BB has been inducted and no one ever will….for obvious reasons

    ——–

    Ummmmm…..Ty Law was just indicted this weekend.

  46. nflhofcounts says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Bonds was just passed up for the 7th year for MLB HOF….no one under BB has been inducted and no one ever will….for obvious reasons
    ——————————————————————————————Ty Law was inducted this week. Otherwise great post.

  47. Good move on their part, the supporting cast was always great….wouldn’t be fair to let the no integrity dark side who were caught red handed drag the innocent bystanders down.

  48. Can we please stop mythicizing players from previous eras, or even the recent past? Otto Graham’s first 4 championships were in the AAFC, not the NFL. He won 3 NFL championships, not seven. Graham lost in the 1951 NFL championship with 3 ints and a fumble. He then lost in the 1952 NFL championship… and AGAIN in 1953. Montana had 4 one and dones, was 4-3 in conference championship games, got destroyed 49-3 in a divisional game to the Giants, scored a measly 13 points at home in the 1990 NFC championship, and threw 3 ints in the 1981 NFC championship. Does anyone remember the Lewis Billups int drop in SB 23? Does anyone remember Montana could only lead the team to 6 points in three quarters? Peyton Manning had a 59 rating in SB 50 and had 9 one and dones. Roethlisberger had the worst QB rating in SB 40, but the Steelers won. Why do the Brady haters never seem to remember the failures and shortcomings of these players from the past? Please, let’s stop. The GOAT debate ended in the Atlanta Super Bowl. Last night, Brady once again led his team to a game winning SB drive when they needed it. Stop…

  49. Joe’s margin of dominance during a time when QBs/WRs were far less protected was 162-68 in 4 SB’s = 23+ point variance per game. Huge! To say he did it pre-free agency etc. is moot, as all teams were in the same boat….for that reason, he’s the GOAT of his ERA, by far.

  50. Well, Brady sure didn’t set the tone with his 71.4 rating.

    Btw, Montana has a career 128 rating in Super Bowls. 13 total TD’s…0 picks.

  51. Deric Gregory says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    Well, Brady sure didn’t set the tone with his 71.4 rating.

    Btw, Montana has a career 128 rating in Super Bowls. 13 total TD’s…0 picks.
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    It’s over dude. Let it go. Brady is GOAT. Fact, not opinion. 🙂

  52. nflhofcounts says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm
    Joe’s margin of dominance during a time when QBs/WRs were far less protected was 162-68 in 4 SB’s = 23+ point variance per game. Huge! To say he did it pre-free agency etc. is moot, as all teams were in the same boat….for that reason, he’s the GOAT of his ERA, by far.
    ——
    Montana never even made a Super Bowl without one of the best defenses in the league. Brady has. The end.

  53. It’s over dude. Let it go. Brady is GOAT. Fact, not opinion. 🙂
    ————————————-
    So is Barry Bonds….Fact, not opinion…ummmm Dude

  54. Montana never even made a Super Bowl without one of the best defenses in the league. Brady has. The end.

    Brady was caught and punished. The end

  55. Did Tom shake Jared Goff’s hand after the game or did he run into the locker room like a sore loser

    Oh yeah he only does that when he loses

  56. nflhofcounts says:
    February 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    Montana never even made a Super Bowl without one of the best defenses in the league. Brady has. The end.

    Brady was caught and punished. The end

    Brady has 6. Brady is the ONLY player with 6
    6 is more than 4.

    The end

  57. I have seen quite a few thumbs up on this site today from non-Pats fans who admire and respect the Patriots dynasty (thank you), even as they hate the Pats, and I have seen quite a few posts from non-Pats fans who are “still mad, bro.”

    This is all fun, I am looking forward to being back here next year, and having to spend money in 2020 on more Patriots Super Bowl Champion swag.

  58. steelcurtainn says:
    February 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Defense.lol…Don’t you mean two inept offenses.
    —————————————————-
    That’s what good defenses do, they make good offenses look inept…..
    It’s really not all that complicated……

  59. Brady has 6. Brady is the ONLY player with 6
    6 is more than 4.

    The end
    _________________________
    Caught, punished, nothing legit.
    The end

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