Tom Brady explains basis of new plays installed Sunday morning at team hotel


There were a lot of big plays in Sunday's 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs in the AFC title game, but a few of those plays weren't installed until just a few hours before the game.

One of those plays was the third-and-10 play in overtime to Rob Gronkowski that got the offense inside the 5-yard line and set up Rex Burkhead's game-winning touchdown.

After the game when speaking to NBC Sports' Peter King, Brady revealed about eight plays were put in Sunday morning at the team hotel and one of them was the completion to Gronkowski. Appearing on Mut & Callahan, Brady went into some more detail.

"I don't think anything is too rare for us anymore," he said. "We've been in so many big games and situations and Josh [McDaniels] -- the preparation goes right up until the beginning of the game. A lot of time you think the mental preparation is done on Friday morning after you install your last bit of the game plan. Most of it is done on Tuesday. You watch film all day on Monday, you kind of come up with a plan on Tuesday and then you just practice the plan Wednesday, Thursday and then you have a little install Friday.

"We're probably unique in that I would say Josh will watch a ton of film Saturday and we'll come in Sunday and he will say, 'Alright guys, I have been watching and based on all the things that have happened this week, we're going to go with these installs and call plays we haven't even practiced.' I think that is part of being on our team, being a really smart football player and adapting and adjusting.

"We certainly -- every play that we called yesterday was an important one. We used them all. It was just a great, great win."

The Patriots will now take on the Rams Feb. 3 in Atlanta.