Tom Brady on D&C: Dan Connolly’s kick return ‘pretty funny’
|12.20.10 at 9:58 am ET|
Quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, only hours after leading the Patriots to a 31-27 victory over the Packers at Gillette Stadium. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Brady said he wasn’t happy with his team’s performance, but some credit has to go to the Packers. “They played a very good game,” he said. “I thought they were a very good football team, and they played like it last night.”
The Packers started the game with an onside kick that they recovered, and they pushed the Patriots to the limit. “These games are hard to win any way you’re looking at them,” Brady said. “They played very well. From the opening kickoff I knew that, OK this is going to be one of those games. This is the way it’s going to go.”
Added Brady: “I’m sure we lost the field-position battle last night. And we overcame a bunch of penalties. I don’t think we played our best game, certainly, but I’m also very proud of that fact that we won the game.”
One of the keys for the Patriots was the defense stopping the Packers from getting in the end zone after Green Bay had a first-and-goal from the 2 early in the fourth quarter, forcing the Packers to settle for a field goal on fourth-and-1. Said Brady: “Our defense is very good in those situations, I will say that. It’s a big, stout defense that we have. It’s hard to run the ball.”
The highlight Sunday night was offensive lineman Dan Connolly returning a kickoff 71 yards to the Packers’ 4-yard line. Connolly held the ball with the nose in the air as he rumbled down the field. “He doesn’t hold the ball very often,” Brady said. “When he does, it’s not like it’s going to be the way BenJarvus [Green-Ellis] carries it. He’s holding it however he can get those big hands around it. That was pretty funny when I saw him running down the field. You’re right, I’ll never forget that.”
Brady said his initial reaction when he saw Connolly fielding the ball was caution. Said Brady: “I’m always saying, ‘Just get down.’ The way they do carry the ball, any slight contact can knock the ball out. I’ve seen that a bunch over the course of my career. You get a guy that doesn’t handle it very often and it’s tough for those guys to really know what to do with it. Danny picked it up, and once I saw him break to the outside, I was like, ‘Goooo!’ ”
Added Brady: “I did see him after the game. He was like, ‘Man, I wish I would have scored.’ He goes, ‘I was on the 4-yard line.’ I said, ‘Don’t you worry about that. Don’t start trying to come up with these ideas.’ ”
Connolly left the game one series after the return with an undisclosed injury. “He was doing better,” Brady said. “He was doing well.”
Brady said he was watching the Giants’ collapse vs. the Eagles on television at his home before leaving for Foxboro. “I didn’t want to leave, but I had to get going,” he said, adding, “That’s so uncharacteristic of the Giants, but the Eagles are on a roll, too.” Brady said he’s a fan of the NFL RedZone channel, which broadcasts highlights of games on Sundays. “I watched it for the first time two weeks ago, before the Indy game,” he said. “Wow, that thing’s incredible. … I love football, so it’s easy to watch.”
Brady also touched on his thoughts about Christmas. “My greatest memory is spending time with my family,” he said. “We always had people come over our house. … Christmas is about everyone being together. Now that I have my own family, it changes a little bit, and it’s just as enjoyable.”
Asked about a favorite gift he received, he said: ”I wanted a BB gun, if you can imagine that. I’d shoot cans in the backyard. And I loved doing it. Once I got the BB gun, I was good.”
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