Tom Brady is on his way to his fifth Super Bowl after the Patriots beat the Ravens, 23-20, today. And despite not having his best game (22 of 36 passing for 239 yards and two interceptions), the Patriots managed to win against a tough Ravens team that missed a 32-yard field goal attempt that would have tied it after nearly scoring a go-ahead touchdown two plays earlier.
“Well I sucked pretty bad today but our defense saved us,” Brady said. “I’m gonna go out and try and do a better job in a couple of weeks.”
Brady expanded on his comments in the postgame press conference.
“As a quarterback, you never want to turn the ball over,” Brady said. “You want to hit the open guy, you want to capitalize when you have the open receivers. I wish I would’ve done a better job with that today. In some ways you always beat yourself up. I’ve been doing this for quite awhile. I’m glad we won, I’m glad we’re moving on and hopefully I can go out there and do better in a few weeks.”
Cornerback Sterling Moore saved the game with a strip of Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone before Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff pushed a 32-yard field goal wide left with 15 seconds left.
“It was a great play by Sterling,” Brady said. “You know these games come down to one or two plays and our defense really made some huge plays there, some very critical plays. It went down to the end. It was a helluva game.”
Vince Wilfork, the last remnant on the defense from of the Super Bowl championship team in 2004, played a huge role in today’s game as well. He came up with two big plays in the fourth quarter, stuffing Ray Rice for a loss and pressuring Ravens QB Joe Flacco. He also recorded a sack and another tackle for a loss.
“Gotta give credit to the players,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Just like all year, it wasn’t perfect but we fought hard.”
Brady reflected for a moment on going to his fifth Super Bowl in 10 years.
“It’s incredible. I mean you watch this game as a kid growing up,” Brady said. “I was a 49ers fan so I got to watch a lot of Super Bowls. You know you pinch yourself to get this opportunity. I’m privileged to be apart of an incredible organization, to play with a great group of teammates. It really is a privilege to play quarterback for this team.”
Rooting for San Francisco?
“I don’t care who we play. I really don’t.”