Tom Brady says odds were 'stacked against' Patriots all season

John Tomase
January 21, 2019 - 12:25 am

Tom Brady strode to the podium in Kansas City smiling from ear to ear. Seventeen years since his first Super Bowl appearance, Brady bore the look of someone making this journey for the first time, not the ninth.

Such was his demeanor after leading the Patriots to a 37-31 overtime victory over the Chiefs in the AFC title game for a berth in yet another Super Bowl.

"The odds were stacked against us," Brady told reporters. "It hasn't been that way for us for a while. It certainly was this year."

The numbers will suggest that Brady wasn't at his best, but the game film tells a different story. Playing in a hostile environment against the AFC's No. 1 seed on its home field, Brady completed 30 of 46 passes for 348 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions and was briefly picked a third time before a neutral zone infraction on Chiefs pass rusher Dee Ford negated what would've been a game-clincher for the hosts.

"I think we've overcome a lot this year," Brady said. "Down, but not out, and we found a way to play our best the last four games."

They saved the best for last, dominating the time of possession battle by 23 minutes and denying Kansas City the opportunity even to see the ball in overtime before marching to the winning  score.

"Part of playing sports is just staying in the moment," Brady said. "We always say one play at a time, you can't make up for things that happened in the past. You've just got to think about what you're going to do moving forward. Start of the fourth quarter, they scored, we're up three to start the fourth quarter, and I thought, what a great opportunity. To be ahead three with a chance to win is pretty sweet. They blew so many teams out this year, and just a great opportunity for us and we took advantage of it."

Now Brady gets a chance to win another Super Bowl against the team that started it all. Brady beat the Greatest Show on Turf in 2001 and maybe these new-look Rams will bookend his greatness.

"These are memories that will last a lifetime," Brady said. "I said a few weeks ago, I'm blessed to find something I love to do that I love to work at. That's probably the biggest blessing in my life."