Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and discussed the controversial call at the end of Monday night's loss to the Carolina Panthers, and looked ahead to this week's matchup with the Denver Broncos.
Brady was highly complimentary of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
"He’s playing great," said Brady. "He’s got some great statistics. He obviously has great command. ... Our defense has our work cut out for us.
"These are the games we look forward to. You play the best, you want to see where you match up. We have our chance this weekend.”
Brady said he and Manning aren't close personal friends, but he described his relationship with his counterpart as a courteous one.
"As a professional relationship, he’s probably one of my better friends in the NFL, because we’ve been basically in the same era," said Brady. "We’ve been in a lot of situations where we spend time with one another. Yeah, I do [think they'll remain friends after football]. We have a lot in common. we talk football pretty much nonstop when we’re together. He loves playing football, I love playing football, and we love talking football.”
Brady, of course, could not avoid discussing the controversial call to end Monday night's 24-20 loss in Carolina. Despite Rob Gronkowski being held in the end zone, officials picked up their flag, deeming Brady's throw uncatchable.
“We get our fair share of calls, and we don’t," Brady said. "Referees never want to be in that position, either, where they have to make a judgment call like that. They wish it would not come down to that, either, I’m sure, because they don’t want to play that kind of role in the game.
“You don’t have long to grieve in the NFL. You feel crappy for the flight home, and then you start evaluating what we need to do better. And certainly we’re on to Denver at this point.”