Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media during his postgame press conference at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, December 18, 2011.
On winning today and clinching another division title
"It was a good day for us. It was a very emotional game. The place was really rocking early. We showed some mental toughness, playing hard for 60 minutes. We really played good football. It's what we needed."
On the back-and-forth scoring in the first quarter
"We take it drive-by-drive and try to take it play-by-play. We answered their first score. We didn't answer their second score, but we kept it close. Once we got some turnovers from our defense, that really sparked us."
On handling Denver's defensive pressure
"They had a few sacks, didn't they? Two or three? They got me pretty good on one. They have two very good pass rushers on the outside. They're good with schemes. I thought, for the most part, our protection was very good. I just tried to find good matchups and throw the ball there."
On being sacked by DE Elvis Dumervil
"I was looking to throw the ball up in the slot and didn't see Elvis coming. He got me pretty good, but we really answered the next time we got the ball, which was important. He's a very good player—Elvis and [SLB] Von Miller. We talked about them all week. I thought our guys really hung in there.
"When one of the best passers in the league gest a clean shot it's going to hurt. He got me pretty good. I'm sure I'll be feeling that one in the morning."
On scoring a rushing touchdown and showing passion afterward
"I don't get in the end zone very often—maybe once or twice per season—so when I do, I get pretty excited. It's nice to score. It's usually once a year for me."
On whether he played with extra edge because he was facing QB Tim Tebow
"No, certainly not. This is a good Denver Bronco team, and we focused all week on our job and what we had to do. Obviously Tim's had a great year. They're in first place in their division; they've had a very good season, also. We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game. I thought we really played well for all 60 minutes for the first time all season."