Brady on Giants boat trip: When I was young I did things I wish I didn't do

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Brady on Giants boat trip: When I was young I did things I wish I didn't do

Tom Brady is so wired to promote healthy lifestyles and the importance of proper rest that one would assume he'd immediately scoff at what a few Giants players did during their off-day last week. 

Odell Beckham Jr. and a handful of his teammates traveled to South Florida to party with Justin Bieber soon after their regular-season-finale win over the Redskins. A picture of the pals in jeans and boots on a yacht emerged on social media to commemorate the trip, providing the New York media all the ammunition they would need if the Giants didn't play well. 

The Giants didn't play well, falling to the Packers in Green Bay, 38-13. Now players -- and Beckham in particular, who caught four passes for 28 yards and had multiple drops in the loss -- are catching heat.

When Brady was asked about it during his weekly interview with WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday, he didn't do much in the way of finger-wagging. Rather he admitted he had made some poor decisions leading up to games when he was younger. 

"It's a tricky situation," Brady said. "Players are off. Everyone decides what they want to do in their off time. When I was young, I did a lot of things when I look back I probably wish I wouldn't have done -- flying across country and things like that. It just wasn't publicized."

Brady added: "I was from California so when I had off time that's where I went. Looking back, there was one time I was actually injured pretty good, and I decided to do it, and I landed, and then I stayed overnight, and then I realized I better fly back. I flew back the next morning because it wasn't a very smart decsion.

"You're younger, you don't have all the experience that you have. I'm at a point where doing this as long as I have, I cherish the opportunity that I have, and I'm putting everything into it. I'll have time at the end of the year to do things I need to do. But right now I have to focus on what my job is, and that's to put everything I can into this week."

Brady pointed out that there are plenty of teams that have their own way of approaching their work leading up to a playoff game. The Patriots, for instance, practiced twice -- including once in full pads. The Chiefs, on the other hand, got a week off. 

"Every team has a different personality," Brady said. "Obviously when you win, it takes care of all those things. It sucks when you lose."

Brady's been there, and he knows what it's like. The only thing that might make it suck even more would be leaving a loss knowing he let his team and his family down because he didn't put everything into his preparation. 

"There's a lot of people, like our coaches, our families, that have put off a lot of things for all of us to get to this point," he said. "There's a lot of support that you need to play this many weeks of football. You want to go out and play your best. I think our team is focused on playing its best. We're in there today ready to go, ready to work . . . Hopefully it all pays off."

Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most. 

That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.

"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."

The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that. 

"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."

And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.