I always say no one feels sorry for the Patriots," Brady said. "I think we all feel sorry for Rob, but I don’t think anyone feels sorry for the Patriots.
We hadn’t seen the vintage Brady consistently until this month with only the agonizing (controversial?) defeat to the Panthers in Week 11 robbing him of just about the perfect month. Stellar comebacks against the Broncos and Texans earned him an honorable mention in the Team of the Month behind Russell Wilson.
You’ve got to give him different looks,” Horton said. “You’ve got to pressure him. You have to play at your best because I’m pretty sure he’s going to prepare; he won’t take any game, an opponent lightly. “It’s an ultimate test for me as a coordinator, this one player. I think he’s everything you want in a franchise quarterback.
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All the stuff about Tom Brady struggling earlier in the year? Throw it out. The Pats QB has put together three consecutive solid performances now, and what he did against the Broncos may be his best showing of the year. With temperatures low enough to make you swear, which is likely what Manning did after several of his throws, Brady whipped the ball around the field like it was nothing. His performance in the third quarter was nothing short of stunning. After struggling to move the ball in the first half, he came out and completed 12-of-14 passes, throwing into the wind, for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Most of Brady’s damage was done over the short area over the middle of the field, though he did complete 12 passes outside the numbers. Brady was blitzed on nine attempts and completed eight of his passes.
The Patriots pull off a Comeback for the Ages. Belichick, just a few years after going for it on 4th & 2 from his own end because he couldn’t trust his defense to stop Manning, gives him the ball in OT and dares him to beat us. The Broncos get three touches after tying it up, any one of which could put the game away, and can’t close the Patriots out. Brady throws for more yards into a typhoon than Manning had all game. Against a Pats defense that’s missing two captains and a starting safety and is populated by rookies, undrafted free agents and guys hobbling around on bad legs. And more to the point, the Patriots fucking won. So what’s the takeaway across the country? How do the full time Manning apologists spin it? It was the weather. It was “a horribly unlucky play in overtime.
It’s difficult sometimes for people to have close relationships and friendships when they are this high a level of competitors, but a lot of that changed when Tom Brady was hurt. The first call he got, or one of the first calls he got, was from Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning called several times after that. It kind of changed Tommy’s thoughts toward Peyton. And then when Peyton got hurt, Tommy reached out to him. The injury and the realization that their football mortality someday would end really changed the two and how they approach one another. They started sharing more information. And Tommy told me this week that one of the most interesting things was when Peyton Manning was getting ready to make a decision as to who he was going to sign with, he reached out to Tommy and wanted to exchange information, and he wanted to know what Tom thought would be a good idea for him to do. Amazing how this relationship has evolved over the years from two top competitors.