Tuesday 24 April 2018

Defeated Brady expects to return

New England Patriots' Tom Brady. Photo: Reuters
New England Patriots' Tom Brady. Photo: Reuters

Daniel Trotta

Moments after a stunning Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots' 40-year-old quarterback Tom Brady was not ready to retire, saying he would likely return and try again for his sixth National Football League title.

Brady, the face of the NFL with his five previous Super Bowl victories, suffered his third defeat in the championship game, losing the ball on a strip sack at a crucial time in the Eagles' 41-33 victory.

"I expect to be back," Brady said. "It's 15 minutes after the game ended, so I would like to process this. I don't see why I wouldn't be back."

The strip-sack play with a little over two minutes left and his team down five points overshadowed his Super Bowl record 505 yards passing. He completed 28 of 48 passes with three touchdowns and no turnovers, moving the ball so well that the Patriots never punted.

For all his success, though, two failed plays will stand out. On the strip sack, he dropped back to pass and came under pressure, with Philadelphia linebacker Brandon Graham knocking the ball loose and Philadelphia's Derek Barnett recovering and advancing the ball to the Patriots' 31-yard line.

That led to a Eagles field goal and an eight-point lead they held for the rest of the game. "Those guys had a good rush and got it there and made a good play," Brady said. "They made a good play at the right time."

In another rare flop, he went out as a receiver on a trick play on third down in the second quarter but could not haul in the pass from receiver Danny Amendola.

"Danny made a good throw. I just didn't make the play," Brady said.

Asked if he caught the pass in practice, he said: "Yeah, I caught it. Didn't catch it tonight."

Irish Independent

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