Patriots QB Tom Brady finally made his way to the podium for his postgame news conference to share his thoughts on the franchise’s first home playoff lost since 1978. Brady spoke mostly in generalities about the season, but much of the focus on Sunday’s 33-14 loss was on mistakes — the Patriots made them, and the Ravens capitalized on them.
“Playing the way we played today, we’re not going to be beat anybody, more less a good football team,” said Brady, who suffered his first career home playoff loss.
Brady’s stat line wasn’t pretty, to say the least. He accounted for four turnovers — three interceptions and a fumble — of which three came during the first quarter, all leading to Baltimore scores. Brady completed 23-of-42 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Brady was asked about the booing inside Gillette Stadium before the first quarter was even in the books, with the Patriots trailing 24-0.
“I would have been booing us, too, the way we played,” Brady responded. “That’s their right. We just didn’t play well. You have to give those guys a lot of credit, they played well in all phases, and really took it to us.”
Brady began the season recovering from offseason knee surgery, and finished it with a number of reported ailments — including published reports he has been playing with broken ribs throughout the season. When asked if it was an appropriate time to divuldge those injuries, Brady sidestepped their significance, pointing out he managed to play in all 16 games and all players deal with injuries.
“I don’t want to get into all that. Whatever it is, we all have to overcome it. They certainly didn’t keep me from playing,” Brady said.
“The only way a quarterback can display toughness is to be out there. We don’t hit anybody, we don’t block, we don’t do any of that stuff. … I think injuries are a bunch of B.S. I just think, when you play, you play. And if you can’t play, you can’t play. But when you’re out there, you have to play at the level the team expects you to play. “
It looks too early to know if those unspecified injuries — although he was listed on the team’s injury report every week during the regular season with right shoulder/right finer/rib ailments — will keep Brady out of his next scheduled game, the Pro Bowl. Brady said the Patriots have their season exit physicals Monday: “We’ll see what comes up.”