It only took 60 minutes of dominating football to fix all that ailed the Patriots. At least those are the new media talking points less than a week after the conversation had turned to reports of Tom Brady's unhappiness in an offense that had been mostly ineffective this season.
But with that seemingly behind us, Brady made it clear on Monday that his heart remains in New England, and hopefully that will be where he ends his career.
"I love the Patriots," Brady told Westwood One, via ESPN.com. "I always say it, and I say it time and time again, there is no place I'd rather play, there is no place I'd rather be. I play for the greatest owner and, to me, the greatest coach of all time.
"So, my family is in Boston. We've been such a part of this community and we love it. I just want to do the best job I can and the best job for my teammates, my coaches, for everybody that supports me. So that's where my focus is and that's where it always will be. So that's how I feel about it."
Brady has said he wants to play into his 40s, and coach Bill Belichick is notorious for moving on from players -- even great ones -- sometimes before they's skills begin to decline. Not only that, but we've seen other great players -- Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning -- end their careers somewhere other than where they began.
"Well, everybody's circumstances are different," Brady told Westwood One. "The NFL is very unpredictable, so pro sports in general, they are all unpredictable. If Michael Jordan could end on another team and Joe Montana could end on another team and LeBron James could switch teams ... you look at all these phenomenal players that have switched teams.
"Now, my goal is certainly not to do that," Brady continued. "But those things aren't always in my control. I would love to be here for as long as possible. Hopefully through the end of my career. And certainly this year is the only one that matters because that's all that we have in front of us. That's the only one we can do something about."
Whatever happens, happens. For now, Brady is only concerned with the things he can control.
"I think playing your best and doing what's best for the team and doing my best every week is exactly what I want," he said. "I don't want to be on this team if I can't contribute and certainly, if I'm not a valuable asset to this team, then why should they keep me? This is professional sports. It's a competitive business."