The New England Patriots are back in the Super Bowl, this after blowing out the Steelers, 36-17, at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Tom Brady was his usual unstoppable self, finishing 32-of-42 for 384 yards and three touchdowns.
It will be the seventh Super Bowl of Brady’s career.
“I can’t come up with the right adjectives to even describe him anymore because every one’s been used,” two-time Super Bowl champion and CBS Sports Network analyst Christian Fauria said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I will say this: Winning is really important to him. Like, really important to him. To be doing it at age 39, we got to work a little bit harder, we got to wake up a little bit earlier, we got to go to bed earlier because our bodies just don’t react the same. That’s what’s most impressive to me – the fact that he’s continued to be able to mentally keep himself in top notch. That, to me, is the most impressive thing because you need to work more, you need to sacrifice more, you need to be away from your family more the older you get. For him to be playing at this level both physically and mentally, I don’t know what you can compare it to. Bobby Orr? Cal Ripken? He’s in that category of those guys.”
The Patriots will take on the Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5. Atlanta has posted back-to-back postseason blowouts, beating Seattle 36-20 and Green Bay 44-21.
The Falcons, with the No. 1 scoring offense, have won six straight games, during which they’ve averaged 39 points per game. The Patriots, meanwhile, have won nine straight games and have the No. 1 defense in the league.
“I can’t wait for it,” said Fauria, who played for the Patriots from 2002-05. “For Roger Goodell to have to give that MVP trophy to Tom Brady after all the bogusness that he created would really be just a dream come true.”