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January 8, 2014

In 14th season, Brady still fired up for playoffs

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The Colts overcame a 28-point, third-quarter deficit to win that. The Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime deficit against the Denver Broncos for a 34-31 regular-season overtime win.

“It was a great game, a great team win,” Brady said of Indianapolis’ victory. “Once you get some momentum going on your side, it’s pretty remarkable to be able to do that.”

Another big lead Saturday night likely won’t be safe until the very late stages, not with Brady and Andrew Luck leading their offenses.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games, they’ve been in a lot of close games,” Brady said. “They find a way to win them. That’s how they got to this point.”

The Colts are 6-1, including the playoffs, in games decided by six points or fewer. The Patriots are 8-4 in games decided by seven or fewer.

Brady downplays the meeting with Luck, who has a chance to match Brady’s accomplishment of winning a Super Bowl in his second season.

The chance to keep the youngster from upstaging the all-time great doesn’t provide extra motivation.

“My motivation is pretty simple,” Brady said. “I just try to win. That’s what I try to do and try to be part of the reason why we’re successful.”

For Luck, Brady can serve as an example.

“He has definitely set the standard for success at the quarterback position,” Luck said, “the way he handles himself, watching from afar, the competitive nature and basically all the right things he does. Yeah, I guess he is a barometer and he is the standard.”

The Patriots practiced indoors yesterday with the outside temperature in the low teens. Brady said he had a cold.

“A little bit, but I’ll live,” he said. “Hopefully not on the injury report. I’ll try to talk my way out of that one.”

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