The New England Patriots have had its share of pundits, doubting the team’s latest capability to win games.
On Sunday, the Pats successfully dismantled the Los Angeles Chargers, 41-28 in the divisional-round victory, proving naysayers wrong.
Their game at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts presented New England playing in their eighth consecutive American Football Conference (AFC) Championship match.
It facilitated their securing of their AFC Championship game spot. The Patriots will go head-to-head against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 20 at the Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri.
Their opponent is presently a three-point favorite which they last defeated at home on October 14, with the final score of 43-40.
The direct target of the critics against the Patriots has been its star quarterback, Tom Brady.
Stressing on his age, skeptics point out that the 41-year-old has already passed his heydays and his best years are already over.
In addition, they made the Patriots feel uneasy as they pick them against the Chargers, citing that the team’s reign in the world of football is already on the sunset stage.
Nevertheless, New England continues with their fighting spirit, despite their acknowledgment of the dismal feelings they have as they learn about what doubters say.
Brady especially mentioned that, for most people, his team could no longer deliver their best.
He, however, said that he accepts the reality of critics believing they could not win against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 199th pick in the 2000 National Football League (NFL) draft also cited that he is well aware that Kansas City is an optimal football team that is having its best football season at this point.
Considering these favorable descriptions about their next competitor, Brady mentioned that his team would continue to put on a brave face.
He cited that the Patriots merely has to be as mentally and as physically ready and resilient in their game to be victorious against their formidable Kansas City rival.
Although the Chiefs is another team posing different challenges, Brady mentioned that he is trying to carry on with the same strategies that he has always used now that he is 41 years old.
He pointed out that he will continue using similar playing tactics as when he was in his second year in the NFL and the games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Los Angeles Rams, and the Oakland Raiders.
For Brady, in spite of what his team’s sceptics remark, he said that the Patriots just have to keep doing their best in the games, “running it, throwing it, kicking it, playing defense, everything.”