FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The day after the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship Game with a win over the Baltimore Ravens, Tom Brady was relaxed and calm as he watched the Packers-Cowboys playoff game.
Later that day, Brady watched the Colts face the Broncos. The winner would face the Patriots, so Brady's mood was shifting.
When the game ended with a Colts' victory, the quarterback flipped a switch.
"Boom," Brady said Wednesday. "The clock starts. It's a race to see who can prepare the best over the course of the week. … As soon as you know the opponents, the anxiousness just starts building and building and building."