Brady: Extra special to play on MNF

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrived for his weekly news conference Wednesday morning at Gillette Stadium, adjusted the microphone, and seemed surprised at what he saw.

“Packed house,” he said to a larger-than-usual media contingent. “Big game.”

Asked if it felt like it, Brady responded, “Yes it does. It’s December.”

That kicked off Brady’s 15-minute session with the media, which was filled with questions about the team’s matchup against the visiting Houston Texans on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

“They’re a great football team, so any time you play the best, you want to see how you match up,” Brady said prior to the team’s walkthrough practice in the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse. “I think that our guys are excited. It’s a big challenge for us.”

At this stage of his career, Brady touched on how much he appreciates playing in these types of big-time environments. The Patriots are 10-1 in their last 11 “Monday Night Football” games.

“I always enjoy playing Monday night games, Sunday night games, and we play on Thursday night – those are fun moments,” he said. “As your career goes on, you realize the opportunities are fewer and fewer, so you appreciate them and relish the opportunity to go out there with your teammates and accomplish something …

“I think the Monday night game, still, is one there is a little bit of a different feeling about, just because of how special it is to play on ‘Monday Night Football.’”