Cold will be a fac­tor in Pats-Charg­ers

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. His coach down­plays it. Tom Brady does not.

Brady knows the cold­weather New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots should have an ad­van­tage when they host the warmweather Los Angeles Charg­ers in Sun­day’s AFC di­vi­sion­al­round game.

Hours be­fore, Bill Belichick said, “We’re playing the Charg­ers. We’re not playing the weather — what­ever it is, it is. We’re go­ing to be on the same field” when asked about hav­ing no ad­van­tage. His quar­ter­back made it clear this team is quite com­fort­able in the ex­pected chilly con­di­tions.

New Eng­land will ap­par­ently dodge the snow­storm that’s mak­ing its way to the East Coast, but it will be cold. It’s the kind of cold the Pa­tri­ots, who are seeking their eighth straight trip to the AFC ti­tle game and a sixth Su­per Bowl ti­tle in the Brady era, know all too well.

“I just think the abil­ity to prac­tice in it,” Brady told his reg­u­lar Fri­day me­dia ses­sion. “Like today, it’s very sim­i­lar to what we’re go­ing to get on Sun­day, so just know­ing how many lay­ers you have to put on, and kind of how you’re go­ing to feel when you have the nice, warm, heated benches out there like we will on Sun­day.”

Brady and coun­ter­part Philip Rivers (37) com­bine to be the old­est pair of quar­ter­backs to face each other in a post-sea­son game. Brady is 70 head to head with Rivers.

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