Tom Brady pulled off a comeback for the ages Sunday night, overcoming a 28-3 third-quarter deficit before leading the offense to 31 unanswered points, the final six of which came in overtime in a dramatic Super Bowl win.
Despite what seemed like an insurmountable road back, Brady admitted that he never had any doubt given how the team has fought back throughout his career.
“Yeah, I certainly do,” said Brady when asked during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan if he always believes they’re still in it, even when trailing like they were against Atlanta. “I mean, how many times have we ever gotten blown out? You know? Not many. You can probably count on one hand the amount of times over a long period of time that we’ve gotten blown out.”
Brady has a point. The only games that really come to mind are ones like the “bury the ball” game from 2001 after a 30-10 loss to the Dolphins, the famous “they hate their coach game” in the 2003 opener after trading Lawyer Milloy to Buffalo where they lost 31-0 to the Bills and Drew Bledsoe, a 21-0 loss to Miami in 2006, the 33-14 loss to the Ravens in the playoffs in 2009 in a game that they were never really in, a 34-14 loss to the Browns in 2010, as well as the Monday night debacle out in Kansas City in 2014 where they lost 41-14, sparking some discussion about whether or not Brady’s career might be coming to a close.
Not being blown out is generally a credit to preparation as well as on-field performance. The other part is mental toughness and knowing that the effort still needs to be there for all 60-minutes. Brady said this team had plenty of that, and they never give up, which is what allowed them to get back into the game.
“We’ve got a lot of heart and a lot of determination and perseverance,” said Brady. “I think a lot of times in football, you’ve just got to get going. Once you can get going, you get a little momentum.”
“We’ve played with a lot of those leads before too and we know that you still have to keep your foot on the gas pedal, because things can change quickly. Once we got going, they had a hard time slowing us down.”
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