|Tom Brady doesn’t think Super Bowl LI was one of the greatest games he’s ever played||02.13.17 at 9:15 am ET|
It’s been a week since Super Bowl LI and Tom Brady opened up on the game, specifically the Patriots’ 25-point comeback, in an long-ranging interview with MMQB’s Peter King.
While many thought it was one of the greatest games ever played, Brady doesn’t think so.
“I don’t really think that is necessarily the case,” Brady said to King from Montana. “I think it was one of the greatest games I have ever played in, but when I think of an interception return for a touchdown, some other missed opportunities in the first 37, 38 minutes of the game, I don’t really consider playing a good quarter-and-a-half plus overtime as one of the ‘best games ever.’ But it was certainly one of the most thrilling for me, just because so much was on the line, and it ended up being an incredible game.
“There are so many things that played into that game—a high-scoring offense, a top-ranked defense, the long Super Bowl, four-and-a-half-hour game, the way that the game unfolded in the first half versus what happened in the second half — so it was just a great game.”
Despite all the hits Brady took in the game, he wasn’t sore the week after.
“I have zero pain,” Brady said. “I feel great. I feel 100 percent.”
Brady also detailed the comeback, score-by-score. Here are some of the highlights.
— Even when Atlanta made it 28-3 in the third quarter, Brady didn’t lose hope.
“It was similar to what I had felt at halftime,” Brady said. “We came out of halftime saying, ‘Look, we’ve had 20 minutes time of possession, we’ve run 45 or 46 plays, we’ve done a good job moving the ball up and down the field, we just have nothing to show for it because of a missed third-and-one, a fumble in their territory, an interception return for a touchdown in their territory, because of poor execution in the red area … We had over 200 yards passing in the first half [actually 184], so it wasn’t like we were in there at halftime saying, ‘Hey, how are we going to move the ball?’
|Based on Tom Brady’s latest Instagram post, he’s not stopping playing anytime soon||02.12.17 at 6:57 pm ET|
Exactly a week after Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady posted a picture of him and his daughter after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons.
The quarterback still can’t believe it’s been a week since the game and hinted he won’t be stopping playing anytime soon.
Brady wrote: It’s hard to believe a week has passed since SB51. It’s hard to believe the game is only 60 minutes. It’s harder to believe I’ve been a Patriot for 17 years! What happens on that field with my teammates, in front of our family and fans, is almost impossible to describe. It’s mythical for me, and yet it’s real. And it’s why I’ll never stop as long as I’m able. #ROS
It’s hard to believe a week has passed since SB51. It’s hard to believe the game is only 60 minutes. It’s harder to believe I’ve been a Patriot for 17 years! What happens on that field with my teammates, in front of our family and fans, is almost impossible to describe. It’s mythical for me, and yet it’s real. And it’s why I’ll never stop as long as I’m able. #ROS
|Stopwatch: Tom Brady’s quick release in 2nd half led Patriots to win over Falcons in Super Bowl LI||02.10.17 at 1:35 pm ET|
It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
The team, and Tom Brady for that matter, struggled in the first half, trailing 21-3, but things totally changed midway through the third quarter and led by Brady, the Patriots came from 25 points down to shock the Falcons, 34-28 in overtime.
One of the biggest keys for Brady with the turnaround was a much quicker release in the second half.
Overall, Brady averaged 2.27 seconds from snap-to-throw, but he averaged 2.52 seconds in the first half, compared to 2.08 seconds in the second half.
“It was a hell of a football game,” Brady said after the game. “We played our tails off all season to get to this point and it’s hard to win a game in the NFL. And to beat this team and to get down 28-3, it was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re all going to remember this for the rest of our lives.”
The Falcons created havoc against Brady and the Patriots in the first half putting pressure on him up the middle and forcing him to be uncomfortable in the pocket. The second half was much different as Brady seemingly knew before every play where he wanted to go with the ball and got rid of it quickly.
Overall, Brady was 16-for-22 when taking less than two seconds from snap-to-throw and 16 of those attempts came in the second half — a clear sign Brady was more comfortable.
The quarterback was also on a mission on his last two drives — the one to tie the game at the end of regulation and then the overtime drive. Of his last 12 pass attempts, he was 11-for-12 with 126 yards and a touchdown. The one incompletion was his final pass, a fade attempt to Martellus Bennett in the end zone.
Super Bowl LI once again proved how maybe more than any other quarterback in the league just important the quick release is.
Another day, another Instagram post from Tom Brady.
On Friday morning the quarterback posted a picture of Julian Edelman’s spectacular catch in Super Bowl LI with a caption of how that play and game showed how special sports are.
It read: This is why we love sports, right? No dogma, no blind faith, no rules you have to buy into — just attendance. Show up, and miracles happen. People of every race, religion, ethnicity, political POV and lifestyle share a singular experience for a few hours and become one.
|Brandon Marshall says Tom Brady isn’t best player of all-time, puts J.J. Watt ahead of him||02.09.17 at 5:35 pm ET|
Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has faced Tom Brady and the Patriots countless times over the years, so he’s seen up close and personal just how good Brady is.
After the 25-point comeback in Super Bowl LI, many have said Brady is undoubtedly the best player of all-time. Marshall disagrees.
“He’s not the best player ever,” Marshall told NJ Advance Media. “No.”
Marshall says there is a difference between best quarterback and best player.
“We get caught up in that whole discussion, that when a quarterback is playing really well, he’s probably the best in the business, and we think he’s the best player,” Marshall said. “And that’s not true. When I think about player, I think about a guy that I can put at corner, safety, defensive end, a guy that I can put back on punt return, chase down kicks.
“That, to me, is the best player. J.J. Watt, that can play defensive end, tight end, put him at tackle, make him lose some weight and he can probably play linebacker and safety. That’s the best player.”
Marshall was asked if not Brady, who would be in the conversation for greatest player ever and the Jets wide out named some interesting players besides Watt.
“Man, that’s tough,” Marshall said. “I would put J.J. Watt in that discussion. I would put Reggie White in that discussion. I would put Deion [Sanders] in that discussion. I would put Jerry Rice in that discussion. That would probably be impossible [to say for sure].”
|Tom Brady Sr. opens up on Super Bowl week, offers update on wife Galynn, says Roger Goodell is ‘a meathead’||at 2:13 pm ET|
It’s been a few days since the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Falcons, but for the Brady family, it’s back to fighting Galynn’s illness.
Tom Brady Sr. opened up on that, as well as a number of other topics to the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian.
Brady’s mom was able to attend the Super Bowl, but now is back home in California fighting the illness she’s been dealing with for the last 18 months.
“The Super Bowl was an unbelievable deal,” Brady Sr. said. “It was so exhilarating, but we’re back to reality. We’re back to where we were a week ago trying to deal with this stuff. Look, by no means is Galynn’s condition damper on anything, it just is what it is. We’re keeping the faith. We’re going to beat this thing.”
He added: “It was great, it was one of the happiest moments that we’ve had in a couple of years, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Brady Sr. was so proud of his son last week with how a different side of him was able to come out throughout the week of just how much his family means to him.
“People this week got a much bigger window into Tommy Brady’s soul than they ever had before,” he said. “The fact of how much, how sensitive and kind and emotional and responsive he is to his parents. … I’m telling you, I’ve had people say this to me, there’s never been anybody in sports like Tommy Brady … when he talks about his family, what kind of dad he is, he is absolutely the best. I’m telling you. I’m in awe when I look at that man. I’m just in awe of how he conducts himself.”
As for the Patriots getting the Lombardi trophy from Roger Goodell, the man who suspended Brady four games for Deflategate, that made Brady Sr. feel good.
“I absolutely felt vindication,” he said. “And I think Goodell realizes how big a meathead he is. But, frankly, the vindication in this was the fans letting him know, when he was talking, what they felt about the whole situation.”
Tom Brady apparently reads poetry.
The quarterback posted the Patriots’ team picture taken the day before Super Bowl LI with a caption from poet, author and journalist Rudyard Kipling. It’s clear Brady was a huge fan of this year’s team with how hard they worked and how close they were.
“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”
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