Just when it appeared that the Patriots had the game locked down, a Colin Kaepernick-led 49ers group shut down any hopes of a historic backbreaking comeback.
Brady told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan via the Boston Herald that he honestly felt that he and his group would pull off the win.
“When we were down 31-3, that was my thought,” Brady said. “I thought we were going to come back and win the game.
“Because I look around at the quality and character of the guys that we’ve got, and I have the confidence that we can do it,” Brady said.
“I’m really proud of the fact that our guys never blinked an eye to the best defense in the league.”
After pulling to a tie with plenty of meat left of the clock in the fourth, Brady says that the 49ers did not close the door on them. He feels that the Patriots closed the door on themselves.
“We kind of gave it them at that point,” Brady said. “We didn’t do anything on offense, and we didn’t put up the kind of fight that I wish we would have been able to.”
The contest was also ear-marked for the broadcast audience by President Obama’s address regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
The President’s remarks cut into approximately 20 minutes of the game’s total broadcast time touching off a shameful firestorm on various social media outlets.
Brady discussed his feelings on the weight of the tragedy itself.
“It certainly puts a lot of things in perspective in all of our lives,” Brady said. “Really a tragedy and who knows why these things happen. You realize what we did last night really pales in comparison to what the families of the victims are feeling this week.”
Brady talked about the nasty weather’s impact on the game.
“It was sloppy on both ends. I think they fumbled three or four times and got them all back. We fumbled and didn’t get them back. The interceptions were costly mistakes. Sometimes, you get them. Sometimes, you don’t. When you’re playing weather conditions like that, we’ve got to be more cognizant of taking care of the football.”
The future Hall of Fame quarterback discussed his tight end Rob Gronkowski’s absence, meeting Colin Kaepernick after the game and potentially seeing San Francisco in the Super Bowl.
“I’m not sure [about Gronkowski],” Brady said. Whenever he’s ready to go. He’s a big help to our offense.”
“I just wished [Kaepernick] luck, Brady said. “He’s obviously got them winning. That’s the most important thing is winning football games.”
“[The Super Bowl is] a long ways from now. We’ve got to win a lot of games. Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and not repeat them.”
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