Bledsoe, who will be an honorary captain tomorrow when the Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium, stepped in for an injured Brady during a victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the conference title tilt after the 2001 season.
As we wait for Jimmy Garoppolo to sign an extension with the 49ers and for the Scouting Combine to start and for free agency to begin, let's turn our attention to Sunday's conference championship games.
A freak collision during practice Wednesday resulted in a reported gash on Brady's thumb, and despite the Patriots' best efforts to low-key the injury, there is no denying the potentially huge consequences. Brady was involved in what one source described as a "minor collision" in Wednesday's practice, and the play was a handoff.
Media reports said Brady injured his hand when a team mate ran into him at practice. The hand with which Tom Brady has held properly inflated footballs before throwing 66 career postseason touchdown passes. Head coach Bill Belichick has played so many mind games throughout the years.
"Today is Friday", Belichick told reporters.
After the game kicks off, all of the talk of Brady's injury should fade into the background. Since the 1997 season the NFC Championship has seen the visiting team favored four times, and the visitor has gone 3-1 both straight up and ATS.
OK, we'll answer for him: Brady will play, period. He's officially questionable on the injury report.
"He's going to be out there, he's going to play, he's going to play to his best of ability and do what he does", Ramsey said.
"It's going to be such a great challenge for us, because it's not like there's one person you have to stop". They also possess a dominant pass rush that finished second in sacks that could also factor greatly into Sunday's game. Though they are 4-5 all-time in the playoffs when playing on the road, they are 2-1 in their last three road playoff games , with both wins coming against Pittsburgh.
The AFC championship game will not be decided by the history books. "We'll see. It's not really my decision, so if my number is called, I'll be ready".
"Brian does a great job". Despite giving up a lot of points to the Steelers, the opportunistic Jaguars defense also made a lot of plays that helped them win the game. All-Pro defensive lineman Calais Campbell ranked second in the National Football League with a team-record 14 ½ sacks, making him the most impactful free agent in 2017.
"It's another monster that we've got to try to go out there and contain", Harrison said. They have Tom Brady. This is an interesting fact to acknowledge because earlier in the season he had mentioned that he does not like wearing a glove because he feels that it hinders his performance.
So, what kind of player do you trust to put the brakes on Gronk's train?