FOXBOROUGH -- Tom Brady is excited about a big Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, and he thinks the fans will be ready for NFL playoff action as well.
“There’s definitely a heightened sense of intensity, because you got one game,” Brady said today. “There’s no next week. It’s really a one-game season and trying to control your emotions to the level it doesn’t interfere with you level of execution is important. But sometimes you can’t control that, so we’ll see, you gotta go out there and try to play a good game.
The Patriots will host the Broncos in a divisional playoff game at 8 p.m. Saturday. It will be the second meeting between the teams in less than a month.
“Emotions will be running high, I’m sure the stadium will be very loud playing on a Saturday night,” Brady said. “It’s special, it’s the playoffs. It’s why we work so hard to get to this point, hopefully we can go out and play well.”
The Patriots come into the game with the experience of having beating Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver. They won 41-23 on Dec. 18.
“They’re a tough team,” Brady said. “We played them four weeks ago, we know them better than any other team in the league, so we’ll be excited and ready to go.”
Brady did not seem overly concerned about how the Broncos plan to slow down the New England offense in the rematch.
“How teams are going to attack us, we’ll see,” Brady said. “We’ll see on Saturday night. I’m not really sure. They’re putting together their gameplan. We’re putting together our gameplan. We’re going to see how it plays out.”
Brady was complimentary of the Broncos’ balanced attack that was on display on Sunday when Denver defeated the Pittsburgh 29-23, in an overtime wild-card weekend matchup.
“They do a good job of running the ball,” said Brady, who never mentioned Tebow today. “They obviously can make big plays in the pass game, and they’re very balanced, so it’s kind of like what we try to do on offense, to be balanced, to be able to run it, to compliment your run game with play-action pass, and you’ve got to be able to throw it in critical situations.
“The mark of any good offense is to be able to run it when they know you’re going to run it, and throw it when they know you’re going to throw it.”