FOXBOROUGH -- When looking at the AFC playoff picture and the Patriots' road woes this season, Tom Brady views Sunday's matchup against the Baltimore Ravens as critical to the team's success.
"We need it," Brady said. "There’s no bigger game than this one for us. We have to put everything we can into it. It’s a very important game. As the season goes on, each of these games gets more and more important. We know how important this one is to try to win the division."
With a win, the Patriots (10-4) would clinch the AFC East and secure a playoff spot. But they'r e 3-4 on the road. The Patriots could still secure a playoff spot and the AFC East title if the Miami Dolphins lose against the Buffalo Bills. But that's not the preferred route, especially against a Ravens team that has won two of its last three encounters with the Patriots and three of the last five.
"It would be nice to go out there and play this team and play them well for once," Brady said. "We haven’t done a great job playing against them offensively. They present a lot of challenges. They’ve always had great players there; they still have some great players that are carryovers from last year’s team and different guys that they’ve added this year. It’s a really good group and they put a lot of pressure on you. They’re good in the red area, they’re good on third down. They do some really good things. It’s going to be a big test."
With a bit of levity, Brady was also asked about his favorite holiday movie and song, neither of which he could come up with. But he apparently knows where to shop, just not for Giselle Bundchen, his super model wife.
"Amazon.com," he said. "I probably keep them in business. ... It’s hard to find your wife something on Amazon.com."