Brady will try to lead his team to its seventh straight conference title game tonight when it hosts the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round.
Brady said he is not letting negative coverage surrounding the team be a distraction. "Nothing really should get in the way of that".
"They've basically won two playoff games - one to get into the playoffs and a playoff game last week".
"It looked like it was meant for them to win", Harmon said. That's what we expect out of him. "That's fine", he said. We're very blessed to do it. So it's easy for people to overlook us. The visitors allowed more passing yards to running backs than anyone in the league this season, so Brady went to the well during the third possession.
To get it, they'll have to stop a quarterback that has been almost unbeatable in this round of the postseason. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.
The Titans know that another slow start will likely result in a loss against the Patriots.
After the Titans took a 7-0 first-quarter lead that led to some uneasiness amongst the locals freezing in the stands, Brady led the Patriots to 35 unanswered points and shredded what was a pretty good Tennessee defense along the way.
"We have to get to postseason play and play well". It's that good. I like Saints on both sides of the ball, but didn't finish season playing its best. It is a given that if you are able to get garbage at the feet of Tom Brady, he is not the same QB. He came up with multiple big plays, finishing with 62 rushing yards on 15 carries and nine receptions for 79 yards.
In Blake Bortles, the Steelers will face a quarterback who ran for more yards (88) than he threw for (87) Sunday and who put together one decent drive all day. With DeMarco Murray out the whole load falls on Henry's shoulders again.
After showing impressive poise against the Rams, it's on to Philadelphia, which is the NFC's top seed for the first time since 2004 but is led by backup quarterback Nick Foles following a season-ending knee injury to MVP hopeful Carson Wentz. Linebackers Brian Orakpo (seven) and Wesley Woodyard (five) give the Titans a variety of options to attack Brady, not counting backup linebacker Erik Walden (four). That's more such players than 11 other playoff teams combined (13).
Mariota didn't use his injury as an excuse, saying after the game that "everybody plays with something".
LeBeau has an NFL-record 45 consecutive seasons as a coach, with Belichick at 43. The Patriots will host the victor of today's Pittsburgh Steelers-Jacksonville Jaguars matchup next Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
The respect between the two is mutual.
It has often been said that to be the best, you have to beat the best.