BOSTON (CBS) – A somewhat bloodied and bandaged Tom Brady led his New England Patriots to a 34-13 season-opening win over the Titans on Sunday, and said after the victory getting a little banged up is all part of the game.
Brady took a knee to the face (mostly helmet) on the back-end of a Kamerion Wimbley sack in the second quarter — the biggest hit the Pats’ QB suffered on the afternoon. Following the third down sack, Brady sat on the sideline and was bandaged up. He said he would have been fine to take the field had the defense not scored a touchdown on their fumble recovery a few plays later, and given the fact he played the rest of the day, the injury does not sound too concerning.
At least for his football career. His modeling career is a different story.
“(This is) not my usual look,” he joked of the new postgame bandage that covered his entire nose.
Immediately after the game, Brady did not know if his nose was broken, adding he’s never suffered that injury before.
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“In my life? No. Previous life? I’m not sure,” he joked. “I don’t know what a broken nose feels like. It’ll be fine. I need some of that anyway.”
When asked what he meant, Brady elaborated a bit.
“I need some scars,” he said, before WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton asked if he was a “pretty boy.”
“No, hopefully not,” Brady said with a smirk. “I never mind a little blood.”
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Overall, Brady didn’t have too many times where he had to duck the Tennessee pass-rush. There were plays he was under a bit of pressure, but added the Wimbley sack was the only big hit he took on the afternoon.
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Brady finished the game 23-of-31 for 236 yards and two touchdowns. He surpassed the 40,000 yard mark with a 28-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the first quarter, becoming just the 14th player in NFL history to surpass the mark. His 40, 215 career yards are 14th best all-time, and needs just 25 yards to surpass Johnny Unitas for 13th place on the all-time list.
Brady also passed John Elway on the NFL’s All-Time touchdown list, claiming sole possession of fifth place with 302 career touchdown passes.