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In 14th season, Brady still fired up for playoffs

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm •  Published: January 7, 2014

"We've been in a lot of close games, they've been in a lot of close games," Brady said. "They find a way to win them. That's how they got to this point."

The Colts are 6-1, including the playoffs, in games decided by six points or fewer. The Patriots are 8-4 in games decided by seven or fewer.

Brady downplays the meeting with Luck, who has a chance to match Brady's accomplishment of winning a Super Bowl in his second season.

The chance to keep the youngster from upstaging the all-time great doesn't provide extra motivation.

"My motivation is pretty simple," Brady said. "I just try to win. That's what I try to do and try to be part of the reason why we're successful."

For Luck, Brady can serve as an example.

"He has definitely set the standard for success at the quarterback position," Luck said, "the way he handles himself, watching from afar, the competitive nature and basically all the right things he does. Yeah, I guess he is a barometer and he is the standard."

The Patriots practiced indoors Tuesday with the outside temperature in the low teens. Brady said he had a cold.

"A little bit, but I'll live," he said. "Hopefully not on the injury report. I'll try to talk my way out of that one."

Brady wants to be around for it all — the practices, the games, the celebrations. So he's treating this week with his usual intensity.

"I think he's just trying to relay that to everyone else," Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. "You do your work now. You put in the time now. You study the tape and you practice hard now, so when the games come you've already done it three times in the week. So you go out there and just play and have fun."

In his 14th NFL season, the enthusiasm of the MVP of the 2002 Super Bowl persists.

"It's incredible to play in this," he said. "These are the moments you dream about, to be in the NFL playoffs and you have a chance with eight other teams to be the last team standing.

"It's why we work hard. It's why every guy puts a lot out there. You sacrifice a lot of things. A lot of people would die to be in our positions. I don't think you take those things for granted."


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