Tom Brady's Post Game Press Conference Transcript

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December 17, 2012 at 01:21am ET

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On if they ever thought they were out of it when they were down 31-3:

"I didn't think so.  I had a feeling we'd be able to come back.  We hung in there.  We battled back from a 28-point deficit, we just made too many mistakes when we needed to make the plays. It’s a tough loss, but we’ve got to try to get some things corrected.”

On the conversation on the 4th down play from their own 10:

“I didn’t think about it.”

On the fact he wanted to just go for it:

“Yeah.  We made a few of them, so…just bad execution.”

On the fact they weren’t able to pile up points and what it was the 49ers did against them:

“We were turning the ball over.  So it’s hard to…if you’re not making big plays than you can’t put together enough good plays to put together a scoring drive. Certainly, to turn the ball over and give them a chance to score – which is pretty much what we did the entire first half. We just didn’t even give ourselves a chance. I mean they’re a very good team and a very good defense and they play hard. We just spotted them 28 points. We fought hard but you can’t play poorly against a good team and expect to win.”

On the difference in the offensive approach in the second half:

“Well it was just… It was execution. It wasn’t like there was a magic formula to what we were doing, we just stopped killing ourselves. We just can’t turn the ball over, we can’t miss plays that we have opportunities at. We hit a few of those and that’s why we moved the ball.”

On if his confidence gets shaken when guys like Stephen Ridley and shame Vereen but the ball on the ground and how to see proceed next week:

“mental toughness, I think that’s what you show. Not every game’s going to be perfect, and not every carry is going to be a 50 yard touchdown, not every pass is going to be a 50 yard touchdown, it’s a matter of understanding what you need to do to help the team win. Being selfless, doing your job, we did a better job of that in the second half. We just didn’t do a very good job of that in the first half.’

On his thoughts on Brandon Lloyd’s night tonight:

yeah, he played a great game. He played a great game, made some great catches when we needed it. He’s had two great weeks in a row, we’re going to need to a stretch here. The season is not over, I mean we’ve got a lot of football to play. We play as poorly as we did tonight and still have an opportunity to win, we just have to do a better job.”

On the playoff implications and the fact that the chances of having home-field throughout aren’t as good:

“we haven’t thought about that. We’ve just been trying to string wins together and so forth. What’s in our control is winning football games and certainly that was the goal tonight.  It wasn’t the outcome, but that’s what we were trying to do. We put a lot into it, we knew the type of team we were playing. We hung in there at times and there was times where we didn’t. It’s unfortunate but, it’s okay. We’ve got two games left and certainly this game is very important to the outcome of our season next weekend against Jacksonville.”

On if the high from the Texans game possibly carried over into practice and into tonight:

“We were focused on the 49ers. I think we understood what this team was all about and how good they were. We just didn’t play very well.”

On the way the 49ers approached them defensively:

“I wouldn’t say it was a whole lot of things. I think they do what they do, and they do it very well. We made some mistakes early in the game and they capitalized. We couldn’t stay on the field on third down, turned the ball over. I don’t know what our time of possession was but I’m sure it wasn’t good. The first half was a terrible first half. We got down, fortunately we were in it at the end of the first half and then we didn’t play well to start the second half. We went on a little run but you can’t play 30 minutes against a team.”

On how they could over beating themselves:

will I think everyone just has to focus on possession of the ball. We have to focus on doing our job, the execution of the play. It’s not a matter of, “Look we’re going to call the special play and this is going to work out perfect and everybody’s going to be wide open.”  No, I mean what we did in the second half on the scoring drives, that’s what we have to do throughout the game. That’s we been doing, we just didn’t do a very well in the first half.”