Tom Brady via M&C: 'I was up watching film all night' preparing for Chargers

Ryan Hannable
January 07, 2019 - 10:09 am

There's no doubt Tom Brady is ready for the playoffs to begin.

After earning a first-round bye, the Patriots now know they will take on the Chargers next Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the AFC divisional round and Brady did not waste any time getting to work Sunday night.

“There’s an intense pressure," Brady said on Mut & Callahan Monday morning. "I already felt it last night after that game ended. I was up watching film all night. That is the way it is. … I was [up] pretty late last night. I had a lot of film to watch. I was up pretty late.”

Brady also noted this is the biggest week of the year for him.

The Chargers earned a trip to New England following their 23-17 win over the Ravens on wild card weekend to improve to 8-1 on the road this year. Brady is fully aware of the challenge they will present.

“This is obviously a great football team that has played well on the road all year and it is going to be our biggest challenge in all phases, there’s no doubt about that," he said.

Brady added: “They are committed at all levels. They have great pass rushers in [Joey] Bosa and [Melvin] Ingram. They are stout against the run, [Brandon] Mebane, being one of the best run defenders we’ve ever played against. Again, I think their scheme presents some problems because they have a lot of team speed. They have a lot of those smaller guys playing at the linebacker level and then they’ve got a great secondary. Hayward is a great player. [Jahleel] Addae and [Adrian] Phillips, Derwin James has had an incredible season as a rookie. It’s a very good team. They are good on special teams, and obviously on offense. They can keep up with any offense in the league. We’re going to have to be able to have a great complementary game. There’s no one phase of our team that is going to be able to carry us. It is going to take every player, every coach on the roster to pull this one out.”

Brady is 7-0, including two playoff wins, against Philip Rivers.

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