Originally posted on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 1/14/13
In his postgame conference yesterday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lauded his teams mental toughness. Here's the quote; "Yeah. I think that’s been the mark of our team. We’ve won 11 of 12. We were down 31-3 at home and battled back. I think we’re going to be in it. We have a lot of tough guys, mentally tough guys. Whatever happens, like what happened on the first play of the game, you’ve got to overcome it. We made some key plays when we needed to. Shane made them, Wes [Welker] made them, Brandon [Lloyd] made them, so it was a great effort. Offensive line was awesome, as usual." The team has had to deal with the injury of TE Rob Gronkowski, who is arguably the best tight end in the game. Although many of the offense's big plays come from the 6 ft 6 in, 260 lb All-Pro, the Patriots adjusted without him during the regular season. It looked as though Gronk would be ready to go for the playoffs, but unfortunately he re-injured the same forearm and will undergo season-ending surgery....
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