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Tom Brady appeared to cite a Bill Belichick quote after win vs. Giants

Brady simply referenced the quote as coming from "an old coach of mine."

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Tom Brady during the Buccaneers' win over the Giants. AP Photo/Jason Behnken

The Celtics defeated the Rockets on Monday night, 108-90. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 30 points. He even drew praise from the legendary Bill Russell for his recent string of performances:

Tatum acknowledged Russell’s tweet coming from a “living legend.”

Both the Celtics and Bruins are back in action tomorrow night.

Tom Brady’s quote from an “old coach” after the Monday night win: The Buccaneers soundly defeated the Giants on Monday Night Football, 30-10. Tom Brady threw two touchdowns to help his team improve to 7-3 on the season.

After the game, Brady acknowledged the up-and-down level of frustration the defending Super Bowl champions have experienced in the last few weeks.

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“It was long,” Brady said of the past month. “A lot of bad nights sleep, but that’s part of just playing football. It’s a tough sport, every year has its different challenges. This year, you’ve seen a lot of crazy things happen with games.”

The former Patriot also gave a nod to a quote from a former coach.

“An old coach of mine used to say, ‘It’s not who you play, it’s how you play when you play them,’” said Brady. “We’ve played some good teams that are playing well and we’ve got a tough one coming up Sunday.”

Was that a Bill Belichick quote? Brady didn’t specify, and there isn’t a specific record of the Patriots coach having said those exact words. Still, given New England’s approach during Belichick’s tenure—and the team’s consistent ability to avoid looking past opponents—it would make sense.

Either way, Brady has clearly internalized the message, and used it to help avoid getting upset by the last place Giants.

Trivia: With 307 passing yards on Monday night, Tom Brady went over 3,000 yards for the season. It means he’s now thrown for at least 3,000 yards in 19 seasons over the course of his career, a new NFL record. What player was he previously tied with?

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He was originally drafted by the Falcons.

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The play would be forever known as the “Hail Flutie.”

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Trivia answer: Brett Favre

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