Tom Brady has always taken great pride in focusing on the task at end.
Last night, he delivered another playoff gem.
Playing in his first game after an unflattering ESPN piece portrayed Brady as a prima donna of sorts, he let his playing do all the talking. Brady completed 35-of-53 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots rolled over the Titans, 35-14, last night to advance to their seventh straight AFC Championship game next Sunday.
If Brady was affected by the story, he certainly didn’t show it during or after the game. He even chuckled when the question was posed to him.
“I’ve been around long enough, been around 18 years and there has been so many nice things said about me, (the negativity) just goes with the territory,” Brady said. “I just try to be consistent and do the best I can do every week for the team.”
Rob Gronkowski said it seems like Brady is breaking records every time he steps on the field and last night was no different. Brady’s three touchdown passes marked the 10th time he’s done that in a postseason game, breaking the previous mark set by his childhood idol Joe Montana.
An even bigger hallmark of excellence is the fact that Brady will be competing in his 12th AFC Championship contest. For a franchise which had been in just two Super Bowls in its first 40 years of existence, the reversal of fortune even amazes Brady.
“It’s really incredible to be a part of that,” Brady said. “We don’t take it for granted around here, I know how hard it is to get to this game. We’ve had a lot of good fortune and hard work, but we have to get right back to the process of trying to break down the next opponent (Pittsburgh or Jacksonville).”