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White Matthew Slater Jerseys , filmed over the course of the 2009 season, includes one shot of the exit door at Gillette Stadium on which a motivational poster has been affixed. The poster lists four points players have to keep in mind when leaving the New England Patriots’ facilities: Don’t believe or fuel the hype. Manage expectations. Ignore the noise. Speak for yourself.The Patriots have proven to be masters of doing all that, but every now and then we get a glimpse behind the business-first facade the organization has built over the past two decades. Yesterday was such a moment. After New England’s 41-28 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the NFL’s divisional playoff round, quarterback Tom Brady spoke with CBS about the contest and the upcoming AFC title game.After the standard compliments thrown towards the Patriots’ next opponent — a Kansas City Chiefs team that Brady described as good — the 41-year old showed that the noise is not getting fully ignored in Foxboro these days. “I know everyone thinks we suck and we can’t win any games, so we’ll see,” he said following a game many of the national talking heads saw going a different way than it ultimately did.Brady’s postgame remarks were not the only one regarding the Patriots’ underdog image — one, it seems, the has embraced and finds motivation in. New England wide receiver Chris Hogan was asked about it after yesterday’s game, and did not deny the Patriots using some of the narratives being built in the media to get themselves fired up. “Any motivation that you can use when it’s playoff time,” Hogan told reporters.”“It’s fine, people can count us out. The guys in this locker room, we believe in each other, we believe in ourselves and our abilities. We’re just going to continue to work hard every single week,” continued Hogan, who finished the day with three receptions for 13 yards. The wide receiver, who is in his third straight postseason run since joining the club as a free agent in 2016 Matthew Slater Jerseys 2019 , was not the only one to address the topic yesterday.Defensive captain Devin McCourty also opened up about the Patriots’ handling of the outside noise. “We were going to prepare and be ready to go, whether you pick us or you don’t pick us,” the veteran said. “But, we see it. We see our quarterback’s too old, we’re not good enough on defense, the skill players aren’t good. We see it, but it doesn’t affect how we prepare. We love practicing and we love playing with each other, preparing.”“We’re going to take advantage of that and come out ready to go no matter what,” continued McCourty, who is no stranger to him and his team — despite all the success it has enjoyed over the years — being seen as the underdog. “We have a team of great character, a lot of guys in there with really good character that are going to keep fighting and have already been counted out multiple times, so that never affects us.”Tight end Rob Gronkowski, he himself being at the center of multiple rumors over the last year, shared similar thoughts. “You’ve got to ignore the noise throughout the week. You can’t really get too amped up about it because you’ve got to focus, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” the 29-year old said before also acknowledging that not all media-created storylines or criticism glance off the team.“You do hear things like that White Devin McCourty Jerseys ,” Gronkowski said. “But you’ve got to ignore it in a way where it doesn’t ruin your preparation, ruin what you’re trying to do, ruin what you’re trying to accomplish that week. So, if you take it in, if you take it for motivation, that’s great. But other than that, you can’t let it get you down. You’ve just got to keep on preparing how you’ve prepared every week.”The preparation aspect is one Hogan also pointed out, especially with the AFC Championship Game coming up. “We’re just going to continue to work hard every single week,” he said after his team’s divisional round victory. “It’s still a one-game season, so we got to get back to work on Kansas City. We’re going to work real hard all throughout the week so that we can go out there and play good football.”Brady himself was also focused on the task at hand after his on-field postgame interview. “We’ve had some tough losses this year, but you just keep fighting,” the future Hall of Famer said during his press conference after Sunday’s contest. “That’s what football is all about. It’s a season. It’s not one game or four games or eight games. It’s 16 games and you get a chance to be in this position. We played good today. That’s why we won.”Ultimately, the Patriots machine will not be undone by rumors or speculation or by being counted out by the media — the team itself will make sure of that and knows how to handle it, it seems. “We’ve been hearing things like that forever now for a few years,” said Gronkowski yesterday. “So, we just laugh at it Devin McCourty Jerseys 2019 , whatever they say, and we just keep moving forward.” THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff was 7 years old when Tom Brady beat the Rams to win his first Super Bowl in early 2002. The kid has been a fan of the superstar ever since.Goff is now 24, the same age as Brady was then. When Brady plays in his ninth Super Bowl next weekend in Atlanta for the New England Patriots, Goff will be on the other sideline for Los Angeles, neither star-struck nor cocky.Their 17-year age gap is the biggest between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. Yet the passing years apparently mean little to Brady, and they’re just as unimportant to Goff, who sees no advantage in his youth and no disadvantage in his inexperience.“It’s a guy that you’ve looked up to for so long,” Goff said Thursday. “Now I get a chance to play in one with him. We do respect him, but I’m going to go out there and do my best and be the best I can be, and hopefully come out with a win.”Both quarterbacks will be under a relentless spotlight in the next week. Brady lives his life under that glare, while Goff is still getting used to it after just three years of being a No. 1 overall pick who stumbled early, but grew quickly into a successful quarterback.Goff doesn’t admit to seeing this Super Bowl as a chance to step into Brady’s echelon as one of the league’s elite passers, even if that’s what much of the football world is telling him. But after Goff led the Rams to 24 wins and two playoff victories over the past two years, the Rams already think he’s there.“We’re very confident in his ability to lead us, knowing that it’s a big game White Isaiah Wynn Jerseys ,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “I think Jared will be himself, which is exactly what we want him to be.”Goff and Brady are from different generations, but the quarterbacks have a few things in common.They’re both from the Bay Area, with Brady growing up on the Peninsula and Goff in Marin County. Neither was a can’t-miss NFL prospect heading into college, but neither let it stop him.Already the winningest quarterback in NFL history, Brady will play in his 40th playoff game in Atlanta. Goff is playing in his fourth, but he is riding the momentum of his first two career postseason victories in the past two games.Goff didn’t have many plays on his shoulders two weeks ago when the Rams’ ground game ran over the Dallas Cowboys. He played a larger role in the Rams’ wild victory over the Saints, and he emerged with the renewed respect of his coaches and teammates.Goff clearly has the arm and the ability to succeed in McVay’s offense. In New Orleans last weekend, he demonstrated his ability to do more.“It’s big, I think, anytime you can go into an atmosphere like that, go down 13 (points) early, and then show the poise and perseverance and get through adversity the way we did and be able to come out on top late in the game,” Goff said.It wasn’t his best performance of the season, but it was probably the most satisfying.Goff went 25 of 40 for 297 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Saints. More importantly, he calmly rallied the Rams from an early 13-point deficit Isaiah Wynn Jerseys 2019 , and he made enough big plays down the stretch to keep the Rams in contention in that topsy-turvy game.“What stood out was the way that he was able to weather the storm,” McVay said. “The mental toughness was displayed by the team as a whole, and Jared kind of personified that with the way that he handled the game, his overall command, making big throws when we needed it the most. … Jared (showed) his ability to be at his best when his best was required. The competitive greatness showed up in a big way.”Goff and Brady have only faced each other once before. In December 2016, Brady became the NFL’s career victories leader in a 26-10 victory at New England, while Goff threw two interceptions in his third career start.Goff met Brady for the first time at that game. They’re friendly, but not yet close.When asked if it feels surreal to be heading toward a Super Bowl showdown with the mighty Patriots and a quarterback who has been winning championships for his entire life, Goff stifled a grin.“No,” he replied. “I’ve played these guys before.”



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