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Tom Brady (thumb) playing in AFC title game vs. Jaguars
As if there were any doubt, Tom Brady is going to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The five-time world champion has played in six conference title games in a row. A thumb injury suffered earlier in the week isn’t going to keep him from participating in the seventh, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Brady is officially active.
Brady was wearing a strip of black tape on his right hand and a white glove on his left hand during pregame warmups. He wasn’t wearing a glove on his right hand.
Speaking to Westwood One’s Jim Gray in an interview that aired Sunday, Brady was asked whether he can grip the ball and if he felt he could throw accurately.
Brady hopes to play without a glove on his throwing hand, although that will hinge on the weather, per Rapoport. Temperatures in the 30s might necessitate a glove. The forecast in Foxborough at kickoff is 48 degrees and partly sunny, according to accuweather.com.
That might be warm enough for Brady to ditch the glove.
Also for the Patriots, Burkhead (knee) did not suffer any setbacks this week and will play. Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) is inactive, as are right tackle La’Adrian Waddle (knee) and defensive lineman Alan Branch (knee).
It feels good, Harrison told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones after the Patriots’ 24-20 victory over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. That’s the goal every year — to go to the Super Bowl and win it. We’re one step away.
Harrison made an impact against the Jaguars, particularly against the running game. He recorded three tackles and continued to prove he can still be a worthwhile contributor even at age 39. Harrison said the team got better against the Jaguars as the game progressed.
I don’t think we [played] too well in the first half, Harrison said. We did a better job in the second half. The offense came alive, the defense came alive and we were able to work together and get it done.