Tom Brady: 'It is good to be playing when it’s cold'

Ryan Hannable
January 11, 2019 - 2:42 pm

FOXBORO -- It's going to be cold Sunday at Gillette Stadium with temperatures not expected to reach 30 degrees, but that is fine with Tom Brady.

“I just think, the ability to practice in it like today, it’s similar to what we are going to get on Sunday," he said Friday. "Again, how many layers you have to put on and how you’re going to feel. We didn’t have the heated benches out there like we will on Sunday. It’s cold and that is part of this time of year, but it is good to be playing when it’s cold out. It is good to be playing this time of year in Foxboro.

"The weather changed a little bit. Yesterday, it snowed at the start [of practice] and then got sunny, got cloudy, then got windy, then got sunny. It was just a bunch of different things. Just to practice in it, we’re prepared for it."

It could be a big advantage for the Patriots, as Philip Rivers hasn't played in many cold weather games, and when he has it hasn't gone all that well. Rivers has only played in five games where temperatures were below freezing, and he's just 1-4 in those games. Meanwhile, in that same timeframe the Patriots are 27-7.

The Patriots offense enters the AFC divisional round off one of its better performances of the year with 38 points, but Brady knows that doesn't matter. What matters is what happens on the field Sunday afternoon.

“This is the time of year we have to go out there and be at our best. It all comes down to this," he said. "It is a production based league, and regardless what has happened to this point, it is about winning this game. If you don’t play great in really all three phases, anytime you play a good team, you can’t expect one phase of your team to carry you. It has to be a great complementary game. We’re playing against a team that as played as well as any team all season. We want to go out and play well as an offense, our defense has to play well, we have to play well in the kicking game. Everybody is kind of at the point of attack.”

New England will host the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

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