The Tom Brady-led Patriots comeback in the most rollicking Super Bowl in recent memory seemed like it contained every kind of unexpected. But that’s just to the uninitiated. For Brady and his offensive outfit, there was very little they hadn’t seen before.
Talking to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Brady broke down the comeback play by play. “I’m always trying to match the perfect amount of physical preparation with the right mental preparation,” Brady said. He watched loads of tape. He said he watched the Seahawks NFC Championship game against the Packers three times. Brady knew to be “satisfied with the four-yard gain,” be happy with the “two-yard gain.” It was that confidence from knowing, from preparation, that allowed Brady to “feel what [the pass rush] is doing.” And what allowed him to wait 3.48 seconds to find Julian Edelman for 21 yards in a critical play that set up the first TD of the comeback.