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Tom Brady on K&C: ‘It’s going to be a tough game’ vs. Steelers 01.16.17 at 9:27 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Saturday’s win over the Texans and also to look ahead to Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

The Patriots beat the Texans 34-16 on Saturday night, but it wasn’t one of the better performances of the season. Brady threw two interceptions and had his lowest completion percentage ever in a playoff game at 47 percent. (He took responsibility for his first interception when he led Michael Floyd too far.)

“Yeah, I said after the game the overall execution just wasn’t as good as we would have liked,” Brady said. “There were a lot of good plays that were made and there were plenty of bad ones. It was just inconsistent by us. We’ll talk about that pretty much all week. We’ll try and play a lot better against Pittsburgh next week.”

The quarterback said he stayed up to watch all of the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night and knows it will be a tough game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

“Yeah, I did. I wanted to watch the end of it,” he said. “It was a good game. It was two hard-nosed, tough football teams that battled all the way to the end. It was a good game. I think that is what you expect this coming week. I feel like we are a tough, hard-nosed football team. Certainly, we know the Steelers are. They have a lot of tough guys. They run the ball well. Ben [Roethlisberger] is an incredible player. They have a lot of good skill players and they’ve always had a great defense. It’s going to be a tough game.”

On Saturday night, Seattle safety Earl Thomas and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis went after Brady on Twitter. This didn’t seem to bother the quarterback.

“I don’t think I have ever been one to say anything negative about anybody,” he said. “That’s just not my personality. I love Earl. He is a helluva player. I wish him the best in his recovery.”

“We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field,” Brady added on Lewis. “I would love to make sure the officials are paying close attention because if we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important.”

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Ray Lewis, Earl Thomas attack Tom Brady on Twitter 01.15.17 at 4:28 am ET
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Tom Brady was not very popular on Twitter Saturday night. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady was not very popular on Twitter Saturday night. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady was under pressure for most of the night from the Houston defense and was knocked to the ground on several occasions in the Patriots’ 34-16 win.

Like he typically does, Brady worked the refs to try and get a call for a late hit.

This didn’t go over well with former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.

“It’s Called Football Brady,” Lewis tweeted after he pleaded with Pete Morelli for a late hit call.

Lewis wasn’t the only one attacking Brady on Twitter Saturday night. Seattle safety Earl Thomas was, too.

“Tom Brady has the easiest route… put his ass in our division and see what he does!!! #salty!!,” Thomas tweeted.

A fan also tweeted a GIF to Thomas from Super Bowl XLIX when Thomas blew a coverage against the Patriots.

“Did you watch the game this year I owned Tom Brady!! That BS you showing I was hurt trying to help my team,” Thomas replied.

It’s one thing to trash-talk on the field, but it’s another thing to trash-talk from a couch.

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Peyton Manning could follow in footsteps of Ray Lewis, John Elway with retirement after Super Bowl win 02.01.16 at 1:43 pm ET
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There’s been plenty of talk about how Sunday could mark the “last rodeo” for Peyton Manning. If he finds a way to lead the Broncos to a win over Carolina and then calls it a career, he’ll join some pretty exclusive company. Here’s a look at four other players who won it all and then decided to hang them up.

Jerome Bettis: After a decade with the Steelers, the Pittsburgh running back was a part of a team that ended up dumping the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in Bettis’ hometown of Detroit. (Did you know Bettis was from Detroit?) It wasn’t the best game of his career, but the Hall of Famer had 43 yards on 14 carries in the win for the Steelers. The running back retired at the age of 33 with 13,662 rushing yards and a Super Bowl ring.

Ray Lewis: The Ravens beat the Niners in Super Bowl XLVII, the last game for Lewis after a 17-year career with Baltimore. (That came two weeks after the Ravens upset the Patriots in the AFC title game in Foxboro.) The controversial linebacker, who may or may not have had some help getting healthy with some deer antler spray in the weeks leading up to the game, ended with two Super Bowl rings.

John Elway: The model for every other quarterback, including Manning. Elway went out like every quarterback hopes to finish his career, winning back-to-back titles at the end of the 1997 and 1998 seasons before riding off into the sunset. The Hall of Famer then came back to take over the Broncos, and he reportedly played a sizable role in convincing Manning to join the Broncos. (Manning supplanted him as the oldest quarterback to get his team to a Super Bowl, and if Denver wins on Sunday, Manning will take over Elway’s spot as the oldest QB to win a Super Bowl.)

Michael Strahan: Avert your eyes, Patriots fans — the Giants defensive end was part of the New York team that knocked off the 2007 Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in Arizona. (Like Bettis, it was his only title.) Strahan called it a career after the game, finishing with 141.5 sacks after 15 seasons in the NFL.

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Ray Lewis clarifies comments: ‘I have immense respect for Tom Brady and everything he has achieved in this league’ 01.15.15 at 2:42 pm ET
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In what has turned into a Ray Lewis talking about Tom Brady sideshow leading up to the AFC championship game — after Brady took the high road on Thursday when asked of Lewis’ comments, Lewis seems to have done the same.

After going on radio on Wednesday saying the tuck rule game is “the only reason we know who Tom Brady is,” Lewis clarified what he meant on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Lewis tweeted: To clarify my comments from this week: I was trying to express my frustration about the ruck rule itself… Rules like that should not be part of the game. They lead to controversial plays that impact the outcomes of games and that what everyone remembers, especially when you’re talking about playoff games. I have immense respect for Tom Brady and everything he has achieved in this league. He will go down as one of the all-time greats.

Now that Lewis’ sideshow is over, we can focus on football and the game that actually matters — Sunday’s AFC championship between the Patriots and the Colts at Gillette Stadium, where Brady will be playing for his sixth Super Bowl appearance.

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Tom Brady refuses to get down and dirty with Ray Lewis over tuck rule at 12:57 pm ET
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Tom Brady had many verbal battles with Ray Lewis in their time together. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady had many verbal battles with Ray Lewis in their time together. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Just four days before his record ninth appearance in the AFC championship, Tom Brady isn’t about to get distracted by anyone, not even old friend Ray Lewis. That’s why Brady would not fire back at the former Ravens linebacker and self-proclaimed “football historian” for saying Brady would be a nobody without the “tuck rule” helping him win his first career playoff game in Jan. 2002.

Brady, informed of the comments by Patriots spokesman Stacey James, took the high road Thursday at his press conference.

“Everyone has an opinion,” Brady said. “I think Ray is a great player. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I was fortunate enough to play against him.”

Brady has a bloodshot right eye, courtesy the eye gouge from Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan Saturday night. Did Lewis ever try the eye gouge maneuver?

“No maybe worse than that, maybe worse. He was a pretty tough player,” said Brady.

Lewis, appearing Monday on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, was asked about the fourth-quarter reception by Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant against the Packers last Sunday that was overturned on appeal because he didn’t complete the process of the catch as he went to the ground.

“There are so many rules in this game that is a very simple game,” Lewis said. “My argument, If you want to make this game and keep this game pure so where integrity drives this game, leave all these man-made lawyer rules out of the game.

“The only reason we know who Tom Brady is, [it’s] because of the tuck rule. There’s no such thing as the tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out of your hand — whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out – that’s a freaking fumble,” Lewis said. “But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule!”

The tuck rule was eventually eliminated by NFL owners in 2013, but to this day, Lewis said Brady owes his fame to the fact it existed in 2001, when Charles Woodson‘s strip sack was overturned.

As for Jernigan, Brady said sarcastically, “it was a good move. You can’t even do that in pro wrestling.”

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Ray Lewis: ‘The only reason we know who Tom Brady is [is] because of a tuck rule’ 01.14.15 at 11:08 am ET
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He’s not playing anymore, but Ray Lewis still is a thorn in the side of Tom Brady.

The former Ravens linebacker took at shot at Brady during an appearance on Stephen A. Smith’s radio show this week, implying the tuck rule enabled Brady’s success.

Smith and Lewis were discussing the catch by Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant in Sunday’s game against the Packers that was overturned on review when Lewis turned the discussion to Brady and the controversial overturned fumble call in the AFC divisional playoff game against the Raiders on Jan. 19, 2002.

“Honest to God, the first time we created something called a tuck rule is the only reason we know — I’m just being honest — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule,” Lewis said. “There’s no such thing as a tuck rule. If the ball is in your hand and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways — however it’s coming out, that’s a freakin’ fumble. But guess what we created? We created a freakin’ tuck rule. … Man, there are certain rules that should not be allowed to be in this game of football.”

Pressed to clarify his comment about Brady, Lewis didn’t back down.

“They don’t go to that championship game if that ball [isn’t] called a tuck,” Lewis said. “That’s a fumble. That man clearly fumbled the ball. And they named it a tuck rule — something we never heard in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: When did the legacy really start?

“See, look, man, I’m a football historian. I love moments. I love moments. See a lot of people watch just the TV from the game and say, ‘Oh, that’s wrong, that’s wrong.’ Go back to the moment to when things started. That’s what I’m telling you.”

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Five things you have to know about the Ravens 12.17.13 at 7:15 pm ET
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The Patriots will try to close out the AFC East and put a major dent in the playoff hopes of the Ravens when they travel to Baltimore for a Sunday afternoon contest. Here are five things you have to know about the Ravens.

1. They almost always do a really good job at defending Tom Brady.

Old warhorses like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are no longer around, but the Ravens remain are as stout as they come defensively. There are some questions about their ability to close defensively — they’€™ve allowed 96 points in the fourth quarter this season, the most of any AFC team still in the playoff chase — but there’€™s still a lot to like about what they’€™re doing. They’€™re in the top 10 when it comes to total defense (334 yards per game allowed, ninth-best in the league), run defense (102.4 rush yards per game allowed, seventh-best in the league) and points per game allowed (19.8 per game, seventh-best in the league). They are one team that consistently makes things difficult for Brady, who is 2-3 against them in his last five games. Over the course of his career, the quarterback averages 57 percent when it comes to his completion rate, and has a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 8-10 in his career against Baltimore. (According to Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders, the Ravens have held Brady under 6.8 YPA in six of eight career meetings.) With New England facing a dicey situation when it comes to offensive line depth, particular at tackle, the pressure off the edges will be a concern — old friend Terrell Suggs (9 sacks) figures to have something to say about this one before the week is done, and Elvis Dumervil (9.5 sacks) should also be a handful for the Patriots offensive line.

2. They have almost as much experience playing close games this season as the Patriots.

When the Patriots and Ravens meet Sunday, chances are good that it’€™ll be a close game. Eleven of the 14 games New England has played this year have been decided by seven points or less, while Baltimore has played in 10 games decided by seven points or less. The Ravens have gone 5-5 in their games decided by a touchdown or less, while the Patriots are 7-4. Baltimore has won their last three games by a total of seven points, which includes Monday’€™s win over the Lions, a contest that wasn’€™t decided until Justin Tucker connected on his sixth field goal of the night, a 61-yarder than lifted the Ravens to an 18-16 win. All that comes against a backdrop of almost nothing but close games between these two teams — since 2004, five of the eight games between Patriots and Ravens have been decided by six points or less. Expect another close one come Sunday afternoon.

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