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Patriots TE (concussion) on first Super Bowl injury report

Patriots TE (concussion) on first Super Bowl injury report”

Of course, it needs to be noted that Brady is helping to set the stage for his playoff comebacks by playing rather ordinarily earlier in games.

Almost outdueled by Blake Bortles, Brady rebounded after an uneven first half, completing 68.4 percent of his passes and finishing with 290 yards, two fourth-quarter touchdowns and a 108.4 passer rating.

ESPN's Dianna Russini was in the Patriots locker room following Thursday's practice, and she reported that the "overall feel" is that Gronkowski is going to be available against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Sure, Malcolm Butler's game-sealing interception helped.) Including these two games, the Patriots have a 4-1 postseason record when trailing by up to two scores in the fourth since 2014.

Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon (2002) and Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (2001) and Dan Marino (1984) all came close as well, but ultimately fell one win short of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. It's certainly a big part of what a quarterback does.

There's also more recent history that doesn't bode well for the Patriots.

But the NFL's Most Valuable Player is now experiencing a 17-year Super Bowl drought. "Super Bowl environment is all about hype and ridiculous bull [expletive] that will go on".

More information is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks, especially considering that Super Bowl LLII is just on the horizon.

What's worse: eight of the previous 17 MVP winners have lost in the NFL's final game, including Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan last season and the Panthers' Cam Newton the year before that. The first was about the Super Bowl and its immediate aftermath.

Brady has attempted to pull off the MVP-wins-the-Super Bowl feat twice.

It is still quite a hard task to accomplish, even for quarterbacks coming off some of the best statistical campaigns of their respective careers. Brady then won Super Bowl LI in the season when he served his four-game suspension. But the Eagles will at least have some trends on their side.

In the postseason during that same period - when the Patriots went 18-8, including 9-8 from 2005 through 2013 - Brady was subpar when trailing late by some key measures.



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