QB TOM BRADY WILL FOCUS TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL XLVI
Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:17 PM EST
Tom Brady New England Patriots’ quarterback said on Monday morning the imminent Super Bowl XLVI matchup towards the New York Giants “sets up for a great rematch” of the Week 9 contest between the teams, which was won by the Giants at Gillette Stadium 24-20. Odds
Left unsaid was the undeniable reality that the game is also a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, which was won by the Giants to ruin what would’ve been an ideal 19-0 season for Patriots. Scores
“I still can’t watch highlights from that game,” Brady related Monday of the previous Super Bowl between the teams. “I think that’s just the way that it is. You get to the end and we had an amazing opportunity there and truly wasted it because we failed to play.”
Brady struggled against the Ravens on Sunday, throwing 2 interceptions, no touchdowns and posting his worst passer rating of the season (57.5). He recognized his poor play in postgame word of explanation and declared Monday morning he is expecting “the greatest game I have ever played” against the Giants.
“Just like the Denver game – the week before – had no impact on yesterday’s game, this game [against the Ravens] is going to have no impact on the game two weeks from now,” Brady said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can these next two weeks to be set and to afterwards go out there and play my best game, hopefully the best game I’ve ever played. That’s what I am expecting to do. I know that’s what my colleagues anticipate of me.”
In the Week 9 meeting among the teams, Brady threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, accounting for 3 of the team’s four turnovers on the day.
“The Giants have a very good defense,” Brady said. “They have guys that can cover, one of the greatest pass rushes that you’ll experience in the league, very physical in the linebackers. They tackle well. It’s an excellent defense. We didn’t score a large amount of points against them last time. The turnovers hurt us last game. I suspect we had 4 turnovers last game. You’re not going to beat the Giants turning the ball over 4 times.”
The Patriots had 3 turnovers Sunday against the Ravens. Teams with at least that a lot of giveaways had lost their last twenty-two playoff games prior to Sunday. The last such team to win before Sunday was the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship Game against the Chargers.
“We’ve really escaped the last couple of weeks turning the ball over,” Brady expounded. “It’s one stat, losing the turnover battle just about correlates to losing.”
The Giants are basically the last team to have beaten up the Patriots. Since losing that game, the Patriots have reeled off ten straight victories. In addition to causing 4 turnovers, New York held New England to a season-low 20 points in that contest.
“We’ll certainly look at that game, one or two times,” Brady said about the Week 9 matchup. “You see matchups; you see how your blokes match up against their guys, route-running and obstructing and so forth. It’ll have completely zero impact on the game, but at the same time hopefully we will be able to learn some lessons from that game.
“It was a fantastic game and sets up for a great rematch between 2 groups, actually, who’ve earned the privilege to act for their meetings in the Super Bowl. It’s a great feeling for everyone players.
“Not that I’ve ever taken for granted being there, because I actually haven’t, but you really realize how difficult it is to get there, even when you have great teams, like a lot of groups this year, whether it is Baltimore or Green Bay or the Saints, or San Francisco. Everyone has had great seasons but there are just a few teams that will play in this game.”
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