In his postgame news conference, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady explained why he was so animated on the sideline in the first half. He was seen yelling at teammates after a drive stalled.
“It’s an emotional game, and part of being a quarterback is making sure everyone is into it," Brady said. "There’s a certain level of concentration and focus that you need on the road, and you know, when their crowd gets noisy and there are plenty of plays that we didn’t make, that we probably should have made, especially in the first half, you know, getting the ball down there on the four yard line, and they call us for a chop-block, and then not making plays on the next drive, it really just was kind of not executing great, but I thought all the guys played really hard and stayed focused, and it was an exciting win for all of us. Believe me, this locker room, we haven’t been this happy in a long time.”
More from Brady:
Q: Did the players get your message when you were lighting up?
Brady: "I really have respect for this team. The Steelers are a classy organization. It’s always a battle when we play. When you’re playing them, you have to play well. They take advantage of every bad play you make. They’re the best at “Sack-the-Quarterback” football. Troy (Polamula) is one of the best in the game. Ike Taylor is a great player. We knew we had to come out and counter it. Everybody was up for the challenge."
Q: This game showing what they’re all about, what is that?
Brady: "Well we’re pretty good when we play and execute the right way, do the right thing, and when everyone’s doing their job. We got off to a fast start tonight, played from ahead the whole game, and that’s a big difference. Anything can happen each week, and we’re 7-2 with a lot of football left. We’ve got another great opponent coming into our stadium this week, so like I said it’s an emotional win, everyone, especially me has to get some rest and be ready to come back Wednesday."
Q: How did this past week of practice compare to the week before the Cleveland Browns’ game?
Brady: "It was a better week, but (Colt) McCoy comes to execute on game day, and I’ve had good weeks of practice where I thought we’d come out and win and bad weeks where I thought we’d come out and lose, so you have to learn from practice. If it’s good, you have to keep it that way, and if it’s bad then you know you have to improve it. We had a good week of practice this week. Our guys made some great plays, and I think that’s the exciting part."
Brady on the victory:
“That was a good game. I’m tired,” Brady said. “That was an emotional win for us. It’s always fun to come in here and play well. We know what kind of team they have and what they’re all about, and I thought we showed what we’re all about, too. We fought hard, they fought hard. We made a bunch of plays that we needed to make. Everybody made the, and it was good to come out ahead.”
Here's a selection of comments from the Patriots following the game:
Coach Bill Belichick was asked about the Patriots' week of practice. After last week's loss to Cleveland, a poor week of practice was cited as one reason for the lackluster showing.
"It was definitely better, but that wouldn’t take much," Belichick said.
Receiver Wes Welker, who had eight catches for 89 yards:
“We did a lot of good things out there and we were able to move the ball. I think there were some frustrating times, too, where we’re up 10-0 and we want to put more points on the board, and we weren’t able to. It’s a little bit frustrating, the penalties and stuff kind of stopped us, but at the same time, we did some good things and we were able to move the ball. It’s just whenever we’d stop ourselves, we had trouble.”
Steve Silva contributed to this report from Pittsburgh.