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Sunday, January 10, 2010
Brady: 'I'd have been booing us, too'

By Chris Forsberg



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady heard the boos from the crowd at Gillette Stadium during the first half of Sunday's 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and he agreed with them.

"I'd have been booing us, too, the way we played," said Brady. "That's [the fans'] right. We just didn't play well, but give those guys a lot of credit, they played well in all phases."

Brady completed 23 of 42 passes for 154 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He was sacked three times, including on his final snap of the 2009 season.

"It makes for a long offseason," said Brady. "That's the way it should be. [In past seasons], we found ways to compete through January. I'd love to get back to those winning ways."

Brady was given the chance to reveal the severity of the injuries (right shoulder, ribs, right ring finger) that he's been playing with this season, but didn't use them as crutches.

"We all deal with injuries," said Brady, the AP's NFL Comeback Player of the Year after missing most of the 2008 season with a knee injury. "There's not a guy in that locker room who's not banged up. You fight through it. It's part of playing football. It's a physical game... I'm able to walk off the field and that's something I didn't do last year. That's really a blessing for any of us."

Asked directly if he played with broken ribs, Brady again side-stepped the question.

"Like I said, I don't want to get into all that," said Brady. "Whatever it is, you have to overcome it."