FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — His coach downplays it. Tom Brady doesn’t.

Brady is aware of the cold-weather New England Patriots ought to have a bonus once they host the warm-weather Los Angeles Chargers in Sunday’s AFC divisional-round recreation.

Hours earlier than, Patriots coach Invoice Belichick mentioned, “We’re enjoying the Chargers. We’re not enjoying the climate — no matter it’s, it’s. We’re going to be on the identical subject” when requested about having no benefit. His quarterback made it clear this crew is kind of snug within the anticipated chilly situations.

New England will apparently dodge the snowstorm that’s making its option to the East Coast, however it is going to be chilly. It’s the type of chilly the Patriots, who’re in search of their eighth straight journey to the AFC title recreation and a sixth Tremendous Bowl title within the Brady period, know nicely.


“I simply assume the power to observe in it,” Brady informed his common Friday media session. “Like in the present day, it’s similar to what we’re going to get on Sunday, so simply understanding what number of layers it’s important to placed on, and type of the way you’re going to really feel when you might have the good, heat, heated benches on the market like we’ll on Sunday.

“It’s chilly and that’s simply this a part of this time of yr. But it surely’s good to be enjoying when it’s chilly out, it’s good to be enjoying this time of yr in Foxborough.”

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Thursday supplied the house crew with a lot of what this space has to supply in early January.

“The climate modified slightly bit yesterday,” Brady mentioned. “It snowed initially, then bought sunny, then bought cloudy, then bought windy, then bought sunny and it was only a bunch of various issues. Simply to observe in it, we’re ready for it, and hopefully we are able to use among the issues that we’ve discovered to our benefit.”

Brady has reached the AFC title recreation 12 occasions in 16 seasons as a starter. He’ll play in his report 38th postseason recreation and is available in 27-10. He’s 41 years previous and hasn’t had the best season of his stellar profession, however nonetheless will get, nicely, chills fascinated by enjoying within the chilly.

“It’s time of yr,” he mentioned. “I feel everybody’s excited to be on the market. It’s only a nice surroundings of soccer.”


Brady and counterpart Philip Rivers (37) mix to be the oldest quarterbacks to face one another in a postseason recreation, breaking the mark Brady had with Peyton Manning.

“That’s fairly cool,” Brady mentioned of the age report. “It’s simply enjoyable to be round; I’m on the market in the present day practising and it’s no matter levels out: 10 levels, 15 levels with the actual really feel. And I’m sitting right here simply enjoying with my pals, throwing the soccer round. So it’s only a nice blessing to have the ability to do it, do it right here for this crew, which I’ve cherished to do. Philip’s been on the identical crew — it means quite a bit.

“All of us work exhausting to get thus far. These items aren’t assured, very powerful to get thus far within the season. Each crew 4 months in the past thought they’d be enjoying in these video games. The fact is that’s not the best way the NFL is. We’re very lucky and we’ve to exit and attempt to benefit from it.”

Brady is 7-Zero face to face with Rivers. The one time Rivers has crushed New England was in 2008 when Brady was injured and Matt Cassel was at QB.

However Rivers has had a terrific season, and the Chargers received at Baltimore within the wild-card spherical. This season, Los Angeles was 7-1 on the street, whereas New England was 8-Zero at house.

“He’s an awesome participant,” Brady mentioned. “They’ve had a variety of nice groups in San Diego over time, led by him. He’s an awesome passer, powerful, very correct. He’s an awesome chief. So once I consider that crew it’s simply he’s an emotional chief and he all the time will get these guys going. They all the time have offense. It’s crew, clearly they’re good in all three phases, they’ve received a variety of video games this yr, gone on the street a bunch, so that they’re very mentally powerful. It’s going to take our greatest to win.”

Led by Rivers, Brady notes the Chargers’ skill to come back again in video games, one thing that has been a Brady trademark.

“They have been down 14 to Ok.C. with 4 minutes left, down a bunch to the Steelers,” Brady mentioned. “You simply can’t rely them out.”


Mike Shalin is an Related Press author.

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