FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady opened his eyes wide, roared and shook his upper body in celebration.
The cool quarterback went a little crazy.
Brady had just thrown a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski and jogged to the end zone. Face-to-face with the excitable tight end, he out-Gronked Gronk.
“It was a very emotional time in the game,” Brady said with a laugh. “I kind of lost my mind.”
The Denver Broncos had dominated last Sunday night’s meeting of division leaders, leading 24-0 at halftime. But Gronkowski’s catch on the 6-yard pass over the middle made it 24-21 in the final minute of the third quarter, and the New England Patriots went on to win 34-31 in overtime.
Why not show some emotion?
“He always gets pumped up on that play,” Gronkowski said. “It got the juice flowing for everyone.”
Calm and cerebral when he walks to the line of scrimmage to size up the defense, Brady’s fire emerges on big plays that work for or against the Patriots. A stickler for perfection, he shows his frustration when he or a teammate falls short.
Such as when rookies ran wrong routes or dropped passes in the second game of the season, a 13-10 win over the New York Jets in which the Patriots were blanked in the second half.
Brady raised his hands to his helmet in frustration. He lifted his head, mouth wide open and his arms stretched in front of him as if pleading with his receiver after an incompletion. While sitting on the bench, he screamed at teammates.
“I have to do a better job with my body language,” he said the next day. “I wouldn’t say it’s a real strong point of mine right now.”
Since then, some of his language has been directed at officials.