New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady will face off against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship on Sunday in an attempt to return for the second year in a row to the Super Bowl. After a week of practice, Brady held a press conference on Friday discussing his thoughts on the team and the big game.
Tom Brady admitted that it is going to be an emotional game and that “Emotion is very important. Hopefully you can use it to your advantage.” Brady and the New England Patriots fell one game short of winning it all last year when they lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. Though Brady still appears to be at the top of his game, he turned 35 in August and is no doubt aware that there are only so many championship games left in him.
Throughout the press conference Tom Brady maintained a sunny outlook and positive take on this past week’s practice. Initially Brady commented that practice this week was perfect, “There was not one bad play,” said Brady. But then he reconsidered, “No, there are always mistakes made and you correct them and you try to learn from whatever mistakes you make.”
In regards to the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski to injury in their game last weekend against the Houston Texans, Brady highlighted that they have played without Gronkowski before. He called on the guys who will step in to fill the void to do a great job as they have done all year.
As the hours roll by until Tom Brady and the New England Patriots AFC Championship match-up versus the Baltimore Ravens kicks off, Brady was asked how much more preparation he puts in between the last practice and game time. “Every minute,” he replied, “I think every minute.”