Tom Brady somehow managed to throw for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns with an injured hand in a 24-20 victory on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sunday's win drew an average overnight household rating of 27.3. "We were just back there a year ago when my grandpa passed away", Brady told WEEI. "To come from where I came from past year, and be a part of this great team..."
While head injuries are impossible to predict, the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reported that there's early optimism to Gronkowski's availability for the Super Bowl, which will be played on February 4. Its 27-24 win at Pittsburgh on December 17 drew a 15.2 rating.More news: Price Performance Review on Shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Co (PXD)
If you thought it was a bunch of hoopla over nothing, and that Brady would suit up for Sunday's game all along, well, the quarterback said that wasn't the case.
Before the next phase begins, the Jaguars will have to get over a stinging loss at New England.
Down 20-10, Brady and his offense went to work in the fourth quarter to win the game. It's a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX back in 2005, which was won 24-21 by Brady and the Patriots. We're lucky. The locker room that we have is special.
As for Lombardi, the man is a fountain of knowledge and interesting stories from his decades in the National Football League, but he took a lot of heat in Philadelphia this season because of his strong preseason criticism of Doug Pederson. "I dealt with it the best I could", Brady said.More news: Bangladesh cruise to easy win vs. Zimbabwe
"I try to spread that message to a lot of other players just because football is a demanding sport and it's a demanding sport on your body".
Gronkowski missed the Super Bowl past year with a back injury, yet the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl without him.
After shocking the Pittsburgh Steelers last week with a 45-42 win at Heinz Field, the Jaguars came to Gillette Stadium as true underdogs once again. "When your number comes up, stepping out there and doing what's right for the team, making the plays that the team needs you to make".
But the Patriots reset, and after an incompletion by Bortles on first down, linebackers Kyle Van Noy and James Harrison got to Bortles for a sack, prying the ball loose. "Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win". I think if you think about it and the more I think about it the more it will hurt. When I was 25, I was hurting all the time, and I couldn't imagine playing as long as I did, just because, you know, if your arm hurts every day when you throw, how can you keep playing?More news: Revenue Approximations Analysis: L Brands, Inc. (LB), Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS)
Brady has said he would like to play into his mid-40s.