Ravens linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs chose option B.
After the Ravens allowed Tom Brady and the Patriots to rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and eventually win in overtime, Lewis and Suggs — two veterans with a combined 22 seasons and 313 NFL games under their belts — decided to talk about how the Patriots weren’t very good.
“If we see them in the playoffs, we will be ready again,” Lewis said, according to The Baltimore Sun. “I don’t think they did anything different other than throw the passes they always throw.”
Suggs, who got into a verbal altercation with Brady in the fourth quarter on Sunday, echoed Lewis’ sentiment.
“[Brady] just better hope that he doesn’t see us again,” he told the newspaper.
“I think they got like one or two plays that they drew up on the bye week that actually worked, like the [Brandon Tate reverse in the first quarter] and the little double wheel with [Aaron] Hernandez,” Suggs added, according to the Boston Herald. “But after that, when they had to line up and play football, they didn’t have too many things go well for them. [Brady] made some plays and we tip our hat for him. Congratulations.”
Suggs didn’t explain the details of his shouting match with Brady, instead saying the quarterback was teaching him how to “bag a Hollywood actress” and that the two were “going over the Dow, the economy and politics.”
The back-and-forth went beyond the face-to-face confrontation in the fourth. When Brandon Tate ran a reverse in the first quarter, Brady looked to seek out Suggs and dive directly at the linebacker’s knees — something Suggs did to Brady last year in Foxboro.
On Monday morning, Brady responded to the comments.
“He had his chance,” Brady said on The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show on WEEI. “Maybe if he gets another chance he can try to back those words up, but he had a chance yesterday. You know, we’ve played guys a lot, and they’ve beat us one time in all the times that I’ve played them.
“They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.”