"I thought, 'Of all the plays, my season can't end on a handoff in practice. I didn't come this far to end on a handoff,'" Brady said Sunday night after delivering a vintage comeback to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship Game.
Brady went 26-of-38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter alone he went 9-of-14 for 138 yards and threw both touchdown passes in that quarter. The win also marked the 54th time Brady has led a fourth-quarter comeback.
Brady received 12 stitches (fitting) in his thumb before the game and expects to have them taken out some time this week.
"I never had anything like it," said Brady, who expects the stitches to be removed midweek. "I've had a couple of crazy injuries, but this was pretty crazy. I wasn't sure how I was going to do.
Brady confirmed the reports that he injured his thumb on a hand-off to Rex Burkhead in practice, where he immediately thought the worst.
"We ran into each other and my thumb just got bent back," Brady said on WEEI's "Kirk and Callahan Show" on Monday morning. "It wasn't his helmet or anything. It just kind of got bent back and that's why I thought it was a lot worse. The doctors checked it out and we did the things just to kind of check on everything. Fortunately there wasn't the damage that normally comes associated with that. I think we were very lucky."
Brady will be a full go in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles.