Brady focused on Buffalo, not playoffs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn’t treating Sunday’s game against the Bills as a meaningless one.

“Yeah and that was really out of our control last night,” Brady said. “I think we did our best to do our part on Sunday, which was good. But still, the season is not over for us.”

The Patriots clinched the AFC’s No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs thanks to the Broncos’ 37-28 loss to the Bengals.

“There is plenty of time to think about things down the road, down the road. But this isn’t the time for it. We have to go play well this week. That’s the attitude and that’s what all the leaders of the team have to make sure everyone is on the same page.”

After some offensive lapses during the past three weeks, especially against the Jets, Brady wants to use Sunday’s game against the Bills as a bridge into the postseason.

“It’s going to be important this week to go out and make as many good plays as possible,” Brady said.

The Patriots have now landed the AFC’s No. 1 seed five times -- 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014. The Patriots have made the Super Bowl in three of those four opportunities with the No. 1 seed.

Brady discussed the value of home-field advantage.

“I think trying to get ahead of these teams and staying ahead and playing from ahead is really important to get the crowd into it,” Brady said. “Our defense really feeds off of it. Kind of like what happened in the Miami week. It was great. We didn’t play really well in the first half and played well in the second half and won by a greater margin.”

When it comes to playing football at home in Gillette Stadium during the month of January, Brady embraces what he calls “football” weather. The Patriots are 11-3 at home in the playoffs since 2002.

“We always play pretty well at home,” Brady said. “Certainly, we have great fans that support us. We have the weather elements, conditions, the wind always comes into play. Because we practice in elements like that, I think that’s a great advantage for us too.”