Brady: 'Hardest loss' was Super Bowl XLII

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said in an interview that losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII was the most difficult loss of his illustrious career.

"The hardest loss, I would say, is when we lost to you guys in '07," Brady told Fox Sports 1 analyst -- and former Giant -- Michael Strahan in an interview that aired Saturday. "That was just like, whether that will ever be duplicated again, I don't know. But the stars aligned for us on that year. I mean, just an incredible season, the players that we had that all came together, Randy Moss and Wes [Welker], Kevin Faulk, Laurence [Maroney], we had great offensive linemen.

"And then, the way we were winning those games was incredible. Blowing good teams out. We beat you guys, you guys played a great game. We beat the Super Bowl champs."

The loss put an end to a perfect season for the Patriots, who cruised to a 16-0 regular season behind one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, with Brady setting a new record for touchdown passes in a single season with 50 and later earning league MVP honors.

Just one NFL team has ever finished a season undefeated, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, a feat that Brady suspects will be difficult to achieve again in the future.

"Especially in the salary cap era, where there's teams that -- it's hard to keep a team together, because the more you win, the higher your guys are going to get paid," he said.

Brady assisted his current team out this offseason by agreeing to a three-year contract extension that cleared up $15 million in salary cap space between 2013-14 and lasts through the 2017 season, when Brady will be 40.

The total value of the contract, five years and $57 million, is considered a steep discount for a player of Brady's caliber, especially during a time when $100 million contracts are prevalent among franchise quarterbacks.

Brady said the decision to sign the deal was rooted in an interest to stay with the team he believes gives him the best chance to win.

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