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Jack Del Rio: ‘Lot of pride’ in finally being able to knock off Tom Brady, Bill Belichick

01.28.14 at 2:27 pm ET
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Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said Tuesday that he “took a lot of pride” in being able to execute a successful game plan against the Patriots that allowed Denver to come away with the AFC championship.

Prior to this year’s the AFC title clash, Del Rio had struggled against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The quarterback had won all seven matchups while completing more than 70 percent of his passes and throwing 17 touchdowns and no picks. But in Denver’s 26-16 win, Brady was limited in the first three quarters by the Broncos — he didn’t throw a touchdown pass until late in the fourth quarter, and the majority of his production came with the game out of hand. He ended 24-for-38 for 277 yards passing and a touchdown.

“It was good. We had a good plan — we went out and executed a good plan and got to advance, and that’s what it was all about,” Del Rio said. “Clearly, the combination of Tom and Bill [Belichick] has been a very productive combination and one that I hadn’t seen a lot of success against. I took a lot of pride in the fact that we were able to put together a good plan, go out there and execute, play well and advance.”

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