Tom Brady uses old wounds as signs of hope for Patriots entering playoffs


The New England Patriots' Super Bowl chances have diminished greatly after Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

But Tom Brady believes the Patriots still have a shot -- and he's pointing to some painful memories as evidence.

The morning after a 27-24 defeat that forces New England to play on Wild Card weekend, Brady expressed optimism his team can still make a Super Bowl run based on recent history.

"There's a lot of examples of that," Brady said Monday during his weekly interview with WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

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"Philly in 2017, they did it that way too. The Giants in 2011 against us, the Giants in 2007 against us. So, we don't have to look very far to realize that it's about one game to move on."

Brady is misremembering slightly, as the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles were the No. 1 seed in the NFC before upsetting the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

But his point is taken with the 2011 and 2007 New York Giants: Both of those clubs played on Wild Card weekend before going on to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Those two crushing defeats have stuck with the 42-year-old quarterback, who learned his lesson that regular season success or failure means nothing come playoff time.

"It's a tournament, single elimination, and it's not anything that any of us have done all season. None of it matters now," Brady said.

"Every team is 0-0. Some teams get a bye, some teams get home field, but everyone's got a chance to go out and compete until you lose.

"So for us, we're not looking at games beyond this one. This is about one week, and we've got to pour everything we got into it and try to go out there and play our best game."

Brady and the Patriots have their work cut out for them: Their Wild Card opponent is a Tennessee Titans team that's gone 7-3 in its last 10 games.

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