"He's hard to tackle so if you don't get a full body on him then he'll run right through those arm tackles", said Belichick, who is chasing his fifth Super Bowl ring along with Brady. Take advantage of my opportunities and make the best of them. While he was still laser-focused on finishing game against the Green Bay Packers, which the Falcons won 44-21, his players broke his concentration by dousing him in Gatorade.
"It was wrong of me to do, against team and National Football League policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions", wrote Brown.
"He's been incredible", Brady said.
I even got to witness the final plays of Steelers-Patriots, which is a rarity for big events now. With the Patriots leading, 17-6, Steelers tight end Jesse James appeared to score a touchdown, but the call was reversed upon review.
The Patriots stormed into a 10-0 lead at the end of the first-quarter, after Chris Hogan scored the first of his two touchdowns. He threw for just 1,048 yards as a senior at Penn Charter, handing off the ball extensively in the team's triple-option offense.
Same for Tom Brady, besting the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach and Joe Montana. And lastly, he set a new Patriots playoff record with his eleventh 300-yard passing game. On the play, Hogan got behind Steelers cornerback Russ Cockrell and safety Mike Mitchell, both of whom bit on the handoff to Dion Lewis.
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That touchdown essentially put the game out of reach for the overmatched Steelers.
The defense was able to hold the Steelers to a field goal and enter halftime ahead, 17-9. The winning franchise also will take the lead in terms of total Super Bowl appearances, as Pittsburgh and New England are now tied with Dallas and Denver with eight each.
And you could have won some pretty good coin in Vegas if you had a prop bet on Hogan doing what he did Sunday night.
Fun fact: Tom Brady has 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions in 11 career games against the Steelers, but has only played Ben Roethlisberger once in the postseason. The real-life AFC champs won their division by a single game before crashing out in the Wild Card round.
Brady said he didn't want the topic to become a distraction for his team and expressed his confusion over why it might be considered an issue in the first place.
And they're hoping he'll do it again on February 5.