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Tom Brady wanted to beat the Packers this time

Tom Brady walks off after the Patriots failed to convert on a third down in the third quarter.Benny Sieu/USA Today

In 2001, the Patriots lost to the Rams, 24-17, in November before eventually defeating St. Louis in the Super Bowl that season for the franchise’s first NFL championship.

In light of the Patriots loss’ to the Packers this past weekend — in what some viewed as a Super Bowl preview — Tom Brady was asked on WEEI Tuesday if there were similarities in the scenarios.

Appearing on the “Dennis and Callahan” show, Brady said there was a difference.

“I feel like we are capable of winning every time we take the field,” he said. “Maybe back in 2001, we didn’t feel like that all the time because we didn’t really prove that.”


Patriots fans are hoping this year’s team follows a similar script by learning from the loss and perhaps getting revenge against Green Bay in Glendale, Ariz., in February. Brady felt they were going to beat the Packers this time.

“We were kind of trying to climb the mountain all day, and we were right at the top, and we had an opportunity to get there, and we kind of let it flounder away,” Brady said. “I just felt like we were going to win that game.

“If someone said you have a chance at the 20-yard line with 3½ minutes, you like your chances. We just couldn’t get it done.”

Brady also touched on the dropoff in the New England running game since Jonas Gray’s 201-yard performance at Indianapolis in Week 11.

“We’re always trying to find a balance offensively, and when you play from behind all game, it’s hard sometimes to find your balance, especially when your play count is in the mid 50s,” Brady said. “When you’re in the high 80s, you can run it a lot — you can run it 35-40 times. And the reason why is we didn’t convert on the first two third downs of the game.”


Brady also had a laugh about Rob Gronkowski meeting Justin Bieber at the Timberwolves-Clippers game Monday night in Los Angeles.

“That time has come and gone in my life,” he said. “I was doing a lot of Chargers work last night and sleeping. There’s a camaraderie when you’re with your teammates when you’re outside of the football building, and it’s good for those guys to do those type of things.”