Tom Brady sends message to haters, critics in postgame interview

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At 41, Tom Brady has just about seen it all. But he's getting older every season.

Here's the number that jumps out to me: 76.5 percent. It's flawless. We get to talk about it on the way home. They're understanding more and more, but they're still my kids. Sony Michel had three touchdowns, all in the first half, which buried the Chargers, and they're talking about Tom Brady throwing six-yard dunks and dinks?

So, when he stepped to the podium in Foxboro on Wednesday afternoon in advance of Sunday's AFC Championship Game, the veteran quarterback knew that he better not add any more gasoline to the fire. "They'd rather hang with (Rob Gronkowski) and (Julian Edelman) and all those other guys". But in the immediate aftermath of the dismantling of the Bolts, a game that many picked the Chargers to win, Brady was feeling himself. "I don't think it's a broad, sweeping thing". It's tough to beat the number one seed on the road. Jesus ... He hit me on the butt after the play - Brady.

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He claimed he or former United team-mate Steve Bruce would have had similar success following on from the sacked Portuguese.

Brady noted that AFC Championship games are supposed to be hard, and he expects nothing less.

They meet again Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET with a trip to Super Bowl 53 on the line. "I mean, when I get home I'm sure my toes will be hurting, but right now there's just so much excitement going through me, I'm like a kid at Christmas morning".