Take your Pick: Brady or Luck?

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Take your Pick: Brady or Luck?

The guys on Sports Tonight play another round of Take Your Pick.

Tonight's menu includes:

Who has the better day on Sunday: Tom Brady or Andrew Luck?

Brady is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history and for many, there's no reason to even consider the question. Brady has the history, skills, weapons and ability to do anything he wants. But both quarterbacks are going against bad opposing defense (Colts have the 14th-ranked pass defense and the Patriots are 26th) so there could be fireworks on both sides. 

Who's having more second thoughts about his current job: Tim Tebow or John Farrell?

John Farrell may look back and wish he had the kind of talent that Toronto now boasts, but he wanted to come the Red Sox. This was the 'dream job.' The Red Sox have a boatload of cash to spend so Farrell will get his shiny new additions. For Tim Tebow, he's questioned at best and eviscerated at worst (by his own teammates) and is on a team that's sliding into the abyss. It's hard to find any reason to be optimistic about his prospects in New York.

When we look back on the season, who will be the better addition to the Pats defense: Chandler Jones or Aqib Talib?

Unanimous decision here for Jones. He has the potential to be a franchise player and in his rookie campaign is being compared to Richard Seymour. The best part is that Jones is still learning so there's reason to believe he could be a real game-changer for the Patriots. Talib on the other hand could prove to be nothing more than a 7-game rental.

For the rest of the Take Your Pick questions, check out the video above.

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady can be his own worst critic. That's why last week, after beating the Texans in the Divisional Round to move on to the AFC title game, he wasn't thrilled. He didn't play up to his standards. The offense struggled at points. He wore his frustration like a five o'clock shadow.

Winning is not everything for Brady, most weeks. He has an idea of how he should perform, how the Patriots offense should perform, and when those ideals aren't met, he's generally displeased. 

PATRIOTS 36, STEELERS 17

On Sunday, after beating up on the Steelers, 36-17, that wasn't the case. It was a sound performance, but it wasn't perfect. It was explosive at times, but it shined a light on areas where the Patriots will need to continue to improve. 

Despite its imperfections, Sunday was no time to brood about plays missed or lessons learned the hard way. Screw it, Brady seemed to say. They were going to the Super Bowl. It was OK to smile.  

"It was a good day," Brady said. "I mean, we're going to the Super Bowl, man. [Expletive], you've got to be happy now."

The Super Bowl berth is the ninth in franchise history -- more than any other club -- and the seventh with Brady and coach Bill Belichick. By throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing, Brady tied Joe Montana for the most postseason games (nine) with three touchdown passes. 

Brady will also claim the record for Super Bowls played when he and the Patriots head to Houston. And if they win, he'll tie Charles Haley for most Super Bowl wins for a player (five).

Those are lofty numbers made even more significant, perhaps, due to the fact that Brady wasn't allowed to start this season as his team's quarterback. He was asked during Sunday's postgame press conference if it was personally satisfying to get back to the Super Bowl despite having to serve a four-game suspension due to Deflategate.

"Well, that's because of the hard work of a lot of people from my coaches to my teammates to our families that support us," he said. "It takes a lot of people, a lot of hard work and a lot of effort over the course of many months. This didn't start at 6:40 tonight.

"This thing started in April. It really started before that in free-agency when we were picking up guys like [Chris] Hogan and drafting guys like Malcolm Mitchell and guy who were in rehab like [LeGarrette Blount] and [Dion Lewis] and [James Develin] and Nate [Solder]. It's a lot of hard work. There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them."

They're going to the Super Bowl. He has to be happy now.