Nov 15, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
Q: Tom, you’ve played in some pretty big games, statement-wise. Where do you rank this one?
A: There were a lot of game-changing plays. I’m glad we came out on top. We fought until the end. That’s a tough team. It always comes down to the end with them. We talked about it before the game that we just need to play hard for sixty minutes and it took every last second. I’m proud of our team and the way we fought, but we can do some things better than we did today; I certainly can. I’m glad we’re 9-0.
Q: On the final drive, the fourth down completion – what did you see there and what happened?
A: Just trying to find some space, and we got it in breaking route, and I threw that to Danny [Amendola]. He always makes big plays. He’s a great player for us and he always comes up big when we need him. It was a great play by Danny.
Q: Did you see him uncovered there at the line of scrimmage – is that the reason why? You turned your head and saw him right away?
A: Yea, I was just trying to find anybody who had a little space, and Danny [Amendola] got it. Gronk[owski] was trying to run free and Danny sprung free. That was a big play. Then, he made a big play there on the blitz – made someone miss and got some yards, so that was a great play.
Q: There was a lot of talk this week about how the Giants’ defense wasn’t what it used to be in the previous matchups, but they certainly seemed to come to play today. What’d you see from the Giants’ defense overall?
A: They played great. I think they’ve always had a good defense. They’re well coached. They’re a very good football team. We didn’t play our best, but we made enough plays.
Q: Tom, when you take the ball in that final drive, and you’ve struggled throughout the game, what is your mindset? What’s going through your mind as your trying to get your team down the field for one last attempt?
A: The defense made some great plays there to give us some opportunities. I’m glad they hung in there all day against a very good offense. Eli’s had a great game and they have a very good team and a very good offense. It’s just that our defense came up big and made them kick a field goal there at the end, so we have just enough time to get it down field. Obviously, the execution was okay. I thought it obviously could have been better, but we made enough and got enough yards. Steve [Gostkowski] is such a clutch kicker so it was great to see the ball go through those uprights.
Q: Did your mind flash to the Super Bowls at all during the course of this?
Q: What do you like about this team? You’ve been around this game for a while. Last year, you guys seemed like a hard team and that road win out in San Diego seem to galvanize you. You guys are 9-0 and you keep talking about executing and executing, but the bottom line is that you’re undefeated. What do you like that you see about this team?
A: We’ve got to find different ways. Guys stepped in when Julian [Edelman] got hurt. We’re down a bunch of tackles and guys are playing out of position, and I think we just keep grinding our way through it. You’ve got to find different ways to win. The defense came up big when we needed it to. The offense made a few plays when we needed it to.Read
Q: What happened on that interception on the goal line?
A: It was just a bad throw. A terrible throw.
Q: Not a miscommunication or anything?
A: It was a terrible throw.
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