Tom Brady sums up dominant win with four words in postgame press conference: 'I just like winning'

Alex Reimer
January 13, 2019 - 6:08 pm

Tom Brady was all business when he took the podium Sunday following the Patriots’ evisceration of the Chargers. 

Just minutes after taking an obvious shot at the team’s ample critics in a postgame interview with Tracy Wolfson, Brady kept it simple when asked about returning to his eighth straight AFC championship despite the constant caterwauling about his decline.

“I just like winning,” he said with a smirk. “I just like winning.”

Brady picked apart the Chargers’ soft zone defense all afternoon, going 34-of-44 for 343 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots’ 41-28 victory. Julian Edelman led all receivers with nine catches for 151 yards in a throwback performance that saw him bulldoze several Chargers defensive backs past the first-down chains on multiple occasions. 

TB12 had nothing but praise for his reliable wingman. “He’s such a great player, just great teammate and competitor,” Brady said. “He had a great game today. He came up big. We needed it, and we’ll need it next week, too.”

Though Rob Gronkowski only caught one pass –– an impressive 25-yard gain in the third quarter that saw him carry two Chargers defenders on his back –– he was a major factor in the blocking game. Gronk and center David Andrews created a big hole on Sony Michel’s 40-yard scamper in the second quarter, setting up Rex Burkhead’s six-yard touchdown run, which saw him walk into the end zone after Gronk helped open up another big gap on the left side of the line.

“He’s a great blocker. I think that something that goes a little under the radar with his skill set, but he’s one of the most dominant blocking tight ends in the league. Again, he’s a threat when he catches it. He did such a great job to start the third quarter. He’s a threat any time he’s out there.”

The Patriots now have one week to prepare for their showdown against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday night. New England lost 41-14 last time it played there, which was when Trent Dilfer infamously declared the Patriots “just weren’t good anymore.”

“That was a pretty crappy loss that night,” Brady said. “But we’ve had some other ones. We show a lot of perseverance, a lot of toughness. This team is showing it. We’ve had some tough losses this year, too, but you keep fighting. That’s what football is about. It’s a season. It’s not one games or four games or eight games. It’s 16 games and you get a chance to be in this position. We played well today and that’s why we won. Kansas City has had a helluva year. They gave us everything we can handle in October or November, and I’m sure it will be the same. It will be a tough game. They're well coached, have a good offense and played well defensively against the Colts. it’s going to be a lot of fun to go back there, play in a championship game and try to advance.”