FOXBOROUGH — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was calm, cool, and collected when he faced a large media contingent at Gillette Stadium this afternoon to talk about Super Bowl XLVI.
Brady was asked about the pressure that comes with playing for all the marbles next Sunday and avoiding the off-field distractions that will surely come the Patriots way next week in Indianapolis.
“It’s a football game for us, it’s the Super Bowl for everyone else,” Brady said. “We’re going in there to try and win football games, put all the distractions aside, and don’t let anything get in the way of our preparation. That’s ultimately what’s most important. This is a game that everyone will remember for the rest of our lives. Hopefully it’s a good one.”
Regarding the pressure to perform well in the big game rematch vs. the Giants, Brady said it’s not all on him.
“I think there’s pressure for every player,” Brady said. “It’s not necessarily me, certainly there’s pressure on me, there’s pressure on the coaches, the players. We’re expected to do our job at a very high level and you go into this game, your playing your toughest opponent. There’s only two teams that are playing in this that are still going, and there’s certainly a finality to this game. You’re putting absolutely everything you can into it preparation wise, and you’re expected to go out there and play at your very best. And there’s no reason why we shouldn’t because we’ve had 110 practices, this is our 23d game of the year, it’s pretty incredible when you think of a real long football season.”
As far as NFC teams go, the Patriots have seen more of the Giants than any other team in the past several years.
“We have experience, we’ve seen a lot,” Brady said. “This is our third time we’ll be playing this team, preseason, regular season, and postseason, so there’s some familiarity with them.”
Brady is well-aware of the pressure the Giants defense can put on a quarterback.
“They can rush the passer, there’s no doubt about that,” Brady said. “In playing them before you understand that they can, I mean they strip-sacked us on our own 10-yard line or something like that when we played them last. They get a lot of turnovers, they put a lot of pressure on you with their front four. They have a big physical group that plays really well together and you watch them play against the 49’ers, they played a great game defensively. They gave up two points against Atlanta which was on a defensive score so they’re a great football team, they have a great defense. Every time we play them, you talk about their defense, their pass rush.
“It’s going to be a good game. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”