Last week, Tom Brady heard all about his career struggles in Miami. This week it will be a different story, with a big matchup against the Steelers on the horizon. Brady owns Pittsburgh, winning 11 of 13 games against Black and Gold during his career, including the playoffs.
Perhaps most impressively, Brady is 6-2 in his career at Heinz Field, with his last lost coming in 2011. That's where the two rivals will face off Sunday.
In his weekly interview with "Mut & Callahan," Brady has been hijacked by the Steelers, despite his success against them and their current three-game losing streak. Pittsburgh lost in Oakland this week, as Ben Roethlisberger missed time with a rib injury.
"They've got a great team," Brady said. "I do not think looking back on historical references and so forth this week is that big of a deal. It's an individual, one-week event. I'm going to study as much as I can for this game against this team. They're really well coached. They play well. They lost a tough one, they are at a point where they have to win, we are at a point where we have to win. They have a great offense and a stout defense. This is a big-time game for us. We have to go out and play our best game if we expect to win. We can not play anything less than our best. "
Since the Chiefs defeated the Ravens Sunday, they now have a two-game lead for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Patriots are one game ahead of the Texans for the No. 2 slots, which means they must take care of the rest of the way if they're going to be awarded another first-round bye. That seems to be paramount for the Patriots' Super Bowl chances, since they have never reached the big game under Bill Belichick without taking Wild Card Weekend off.
Brady has been in this spot many times over his 18-year career, but says he's not thinking about anything other than the immediate task ahead of him.
"I'm not thinking about anything other than Pittsburgh or this week," he explained. "I'm not thinking about playoffs or seeding. The reality is, it's so far away, so many things can happen. We have to take care of business and have a great week of practice and have a great game. There are lots of positives from yesterday. We were a lot closer to winning yesterday than we were last year against Miami. We'll just try to learn from all of these plays that did not go the way we wanted them to, and use them going forward. "