Tom Brady Post Game Press Conference Transcript

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January 12, 2014 at 01:35am ET

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On what Charles Barkley had to say after the game:

"I've known him for a while, so it was good to see him. I'm glad he came and brought us some good luck. It was a great win, it was great to be a part of a team win like that. Everybody contributed and the games only get bigger.  So it will be a fun week to get ready. You don't take it for granted and try to go play our best game next week."

On if he ever thought he'd be in a game where they had six rushing touchdowns:

"That was amazing. I mean we keep handing it off and those guys just run so hard and they do such a great job running and finding the holes, finding where they can just slice through there and gain as many yards as they can. So it was pretty cool."

On what he thought about stepping into the role of a holder tonight:

"It's been a while since I've done that. I was happy to help the team. Maybe I'll try to renegotiate my contract or something for doing more work or something."

On when was the last time he held was: 

"I think it was when I played in the Orange Bowl 14, 15 years ago. I don't even do it in practice. They said, ‘Get in there and do it,' and I said, ‘What do I say?' So we figured it out."

On how it felt to be a game manager:

"It was good. We keep playing like that, the way our defense is getting the ball for us, and really what we've done the last three or four weeks, the running game has just been awesome. It's helped everything out. And it does, it makes it easy when you hand it off and it goes 70 yards for a touchdown. That's a great feeling and great way to score. Hopefully we keep doing it. Hopefully we can do it next week too."

On his thoughts on the defense with all the players lost to IR and the way they stepped up today:

"Yeah they got some great turnovers and certainly the one early in the game set the tone for us. Alfonzo [Dennard] made a great play. And yeah, we've lost a lot of players. I think a lot of guys have gained some experience over the year. So we're trying to play our best football and today was a decent job."

On if he had  a chance to see some of the throws Andrew Luck was making out there and his thoughts:

"Sure, yeah. I mean, he played great. He threw the ball great. He moves, he runs, he's strong, he's got a great arm, obviously the team believes in him. So I though he played really well."

On the 53-yard throw to Amendola and what he saw along with how play-action contributed there:

"Yeah, it was a pretty hard-sell run that we ran there. Because we were running the ball so good, maybe that got a little reaction and Danny got behind him. It was good to kind of come out of the 10-yard line, they had kicked us back there. We returned it to, I don't know, the 11-yard line or something.  So to really get out of our own shadow of our goalposts and get into their territory was a good play."

On if play-action is working better recently because of how well they're running the ball:

"It's hard to...I don't know.  I'll have to really see it and think about it. We could be certainly more productive in the passing game, so we'll try to be."

On his thoughts on the commitment to the running game, particularly when they've been ahead the last half of the season:

"It's really been a strength of ours all season – the way our running backs have played and the way our offensive line performs. It's hard.  You get in these conditions and like we did against Buffalo where the elements played a part and tonight when they played a little bit of a part, but to have that running game be as efficient as we've been to get big play after big play has been great."

On how big of a part the weather conditions played in the game:

"They weren't bad. Nothing like Buffalo, so it was pretty mild today."

On his thoughts about advancing to the AFC Championship game again and how hard it is to get there:

"Yeah, it's just a great achievement for our team. There's going to be only going to be four teams standing after tomorrow. I know people have counted us out at times during this year but I think we've got a locker room full of believers, so hopefully we can go out and play our best next week."