Tom Brady: ‘We’ve won 10 straight. Hopefully we can make it 11′
|01.22.12 at 7:25 pm ET|
Here is a transcript of the remarks by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following his team’s 23-20 victory over the Ravens that propelled New England to its seventh Super Bowl, and its fifth with Brady as quarterback:
On the game-winning quarterback sneak:
It looked soft in there, so try to take advantage of us getting an easy touchdown. I don’t do that very often. I’m glad we had a chance to score there on fourth down. That was important.
On the play by defensive back Sterling Moore to break up a potential go-ahead touchdown by the Ravens:
It was a great play by Sterling. These games come down to one or two plays. Our defense made some huge plays there, some very critical plays. It went down to the end. It was a hell of a game.
On whether the Patriots proved they could win a tough, physical game:
It was two very physical teams I thought. … I thought we ran the ball great. It’s a great team. The Ravens, they’re in this position for a reason. They’re a great team. … Their offense played well. Our defense, I thought, played extremely well. Offensively, I wish we’d done a little better in the red area, certainly not thrown any interceptions. But I’m glad we won. I’m glad we’re moving on. We’ve won 10 straight. Hopefully we can make it 11.
On his suggestion immediately after the game that he ‘sucked,’ and whether he still felt that assessment was accurate:
As a quarterback, you don’t ever want to turn the ball over. You want to hit the open guys. You want to capitalize when you have open receivers. I wish I’d have done a better job of that today. In some ways, you beat yourself up. I’ve been doing this for quite a while. I’m glad we won. I’m glad we’re moving on. Hopefully I can go out there and do better in a few weeks. Offensively, I think we can do better. That’s what it’s going to take.
On what has allowed this Patriots team to advance to the Super Bowl where others came up short:
We won 10 straight games, and they haven’t all been pretty. We’ve started slow, we’ve started fast, the offense has played really well at times, the defense has played really well at times. It’s a pretty mentally tough team. There’s some resiliency. I think we’ve shown that all season. Even in the games we’ve lost, the three games we lost, we fought to the end. We’re always going to fight to the game. It’s great to be a part of a team like this. It’s tough to get here, man. It’s hard to win games. It’s hard to win games in the NFL, because every team is very talented. We did enough here the last 10 weeks to win these games. I’m sure this next game is going to come down to the end. Hopefully we have enough plays.
On what it means to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2007:
It’s incredible. You watch this game as a kid growing up. I was a 49er fan, so I got to watch a lot of Super Bowls. You pinch yourself. To get this opportunity, I’m privileged to be a part of an incredible organization, to play with a great group of teammates. It’s really a privilege to play quarterback on this team.
Are you rooting for the 49ers?
I don’t care who we play.