Tom Brady on M&C explains why Patriots need more urgency, focus for playoffs

Ryan Hannable
December 31, 2018 - 10:24 am

Tom Brady has been through this before.

The 41-year-old has been to the playoffs 15 times and played in 37 career postseason games, so he knows what it is like. He's well aware nothing is given this time of year and the Patriots will need to earn everything going up against the best of what the NFL has to offer.

“This time of year is just figuring out a way to get the job done," the quarterback said on Mut & Callahan with Marc James and Greg Dickerson filling in. "There’s a lot of good football teams playing well right now. Some teams have played better early in the year, some teams have played better late in the year. This time of year if you don’t play a good game, that’s your season and you are watching other teams move on. The awareness has heightened, the focus has heightened, the execution needs to be that way. We have a big challenge. Whoever we play is going to be a great football team. We can't afford anything less than our best.”

Brady added: “It’s the tensity and urgency. You can’t hold anything back. You have basically 60-65 plays on offense that you have left. You can’t afford to have one play that is less — you can’t throw interceptions returned for touchdowns. You can’t have bad football, fumbling hand offs, anything like that. You have to make your opponent beat you. I think to play really good, solid football in the playoffs is what is extremely important. Again, nothing is promised beyond the game that you are playing. You better be in the moment and you better play as well as your possibly can because the margin for error is much thinner. Every team that has qualified is doing a lot of great things. No team is undefeated. Every team has been beaten this year, so it is not like any team is unbeatable. It is a matter of who plays well on that particular day. I think you have to have that urgency. If you have that and you play well, it’s a great way to feel going into the postseason.”

When asked how he feels the team is playing right now going into the playoffs, Brady seemed pretty positive.

“In many ways it is a week-to-week league," he said. "I like our ability to adapt to different circumstances and defensive styles. I love the way our defense is playing and we’re going to have to keep grinding. I think we have a team that is resilient, overcome some adversities this year and hopefully our best is ahead of us.”

With their 38-3 win over the Jets Sunday, the Patriots clinched the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. They will host a divisional round game Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:05 p.m against either the Texans, Ravens or Chargers.

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