NEW ENGLAND — Patriots head Coach Tom Brady said he was “not ready” to talk about whether the team could clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.
Brady spoke with reporters after Sunday’s 34-27 victory against the Atlanta Hawks.
“I don’t think I’m ready to say anything right now,” Brady said.
“We’re in a playoff hunt, but we’re in the middle of the year and it’s tough to put too much emphasis on anything right at this time.”
The Patriots (12-3) have played well in recent weeks, winning eight of their past nine games and holding opponents to under 30 points.
But Brady has struggled in his last four games and has averaged a career-low 1.0 points per game.
“The playoffs are still a long way off,” Brady added.
“But we’re excited to get back out there and get ready for the game and try to win a championship.”
Tom Brady speaks with reporters following the 34-26 victory against Atlanta on Sunday.
“Obviously, we’ve got to get ready to go,” Brady told reporters.
“That’s all I can say right now.”
Brady’s last two playoff losses came against the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta (11-6) came into Sunday with a 3-2 record against the Patriots in the postseason.
It is the team’s first loss in the regular season since a 28-24 defeat to New England in the Super Bowl in the year 2000.
The Falcons have lost five straight and seven of their last nine games.
The Patriots, who have been outscored 60-30 during that stretch, have outscaled their opponents by an average of 5.1 points during that span.
Atlanta had scored more points than any team in the NFL during the regular-season and was led by star receiver Julio Jones, who finished with 110 catches for 1,062 yards and nine touchdowns.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn was asked if the Falcons would be able to capitalize on that momentum.
“If it’s not there, they’re not going to be able,” Quinn said.