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Tom Brady responds to Bronco Terrance Knighton’s Super Bowl guarantee


Tom Brady on Monday attempted to downplay inflammatory comments made by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton regarding how his team would be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.

Of course, the presumption is that for the Broncos to even reach the Super Bowl the team will have to go through Brady and company.

Instead of fanning the flames by engaging in a war of words with “Pot Roast” Knighton, the Patriots quarterback instead opted to make the declaration that the play on the field will be the ultimate determination as opposed to locker room talk.

“It doesn’t matter what you say,” Brady said in an interview with Jim Gray during Westwood One’s broadcast of “Monday Night Football,” per an ESPN report. “It matters what you do.”

Knighton made his bold claims about Denver’s Super Bowl championship aspirations following the team’s 22-10 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, a victory that clinched the AFC West title for the Broncos.

According to Knighton, it matters little who the Broncos have to face in its quest for a second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl.

“It doesn’t matter what happens. At the end of the year, we’re hoisting that trophy. I don’t care if New England doesn’t lose again,” Knighton said Sunday. “I don’t care where we have to play. I don’t care who our opponent is. We’re not going to be satisfied until we hoist that trophy. So if we’ve got to go to New England [in the playoffs] and win somewhere we’re not used to winning, we’re going to make it happen. Write that. And put a big period after that one.”

And if opponents consider his comments bulletin board material, so be it.

“Some people call it a guarantee, some people call it whatever they want, but anything less than a Super Bowl victory is a disappointing season,” Knighton told The Denver Post. “So I stand by what I said. I don’t care who we play, where we have to play. We won’t be satisfied until we’re hoisting that trophy. If New England wins out and we win out, and we end up meeting them, we’ll have to go there and beat them. It’s that simple.”

Brady expanded upon his thoughts on his assertion that actions speak louder than words during his interview with Gray.

“Pot Roast is a big man, so I would never say anything that would get him mad at me,” Brady said Monday night in his weekly radio interview on Westwood One. “But I will just say there is a lot of football left to be played. [The Broncos will] have their chance and we’ll have our chance, and we will do our talking on the field. …

“And my dad always told me, ‘Well done is better than well said.’ In the meantime, we have a lot of football left to play, and it starts this weekend Sunday at the Jets, and nothing is really clinched at this point. There’s still two very important games remaining on our schedule, and that’s what my focus is on.”

The Patriots (11-3) can clinch the top seed in the AFC with a win Sunday over the New York Jets and a Denver (11-3) loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on “Monday Night Football” the following day. That means if the Broncos were to satisfy Knighton’s bold proclamation, the team would have to beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, something Denver has not done since 2006, losing five-straight games in New England.

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