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Logan Ryan on Tom Brady: 'He was as good as I've seen him'

Rob Bradford
January 14, 2018 - 1:10 am

Including postseason, Logan Ryan had witnessed Tom Brady play in 74 NFL games as the quarterback's teammate. There were also plenty of practices the two squared off. Saturday night, however, marked the first time the Titans cornerback was subjected to the torture he saw so many endure.

"The difference is the points count in a game," said Ryan when asked about living life as an opposing defensive back across from Brady.

And there were a lot of points.

Ryan, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Tennessee prior to this season, joined his teammates in watching the Patriots and their quarterback cruise to a 35-14 win over the Titans in the teams' AFC Divisional Playoff Game. Brady proved to be a big reason for the onslaught, going 35-for-53 for 337 yards with three touchdowns and a 102.5 quarterback rating.

"It's the first time going against him in a game, but he was pretty clean," Ryan said. "He was as good as I've seen him. ... It was about as good as I've seen him in the game. He was ready."

Ryan's performance certainly didn't help slow down Brady, with the cornerback allowing Danny Amendola to catch all six passes that were thrown to him, totaling 74 yards. The former Patriot did, however, finish with a team-high 10 tackles.

"It's a business, man," said Ryan of playing against his old team. "I'm not the first player to play against his former team. It was fun. I knew a lot of those guys. I was comfortable out there. I was talking a lot of trash, and they were talking a lot of trash to me. There were some good battles out there. Brady got me a couple of times, and I got him on some. That's the game within the game. He's great. A Hall of Famer. The GOAT (Greatest Of All-Time). I firmly believe that because of the work he puts in. I know that. He came out there and he loves the big stage and he performed well. We weren't afraid of them at all. We came out better than they did, but they withstood it like they typically do."