Originally written December 30, 2012 on NESN.com:
FOXBORO, Mass. — Christmas came a few days late for the Patriots this year, but Tom Brady‘s fine with that as long as it mean his present came in the form of a first-round bye. “Yeah, it was kind of a late Christmas present,” Brady said with a smile after Sunday’s game, “So we accept.” Santa wasn’t the one delivering the gift at Gillette Stadium on Sunday — that honor would go to Andrew Luck and the folks out in Indianapolis — but all of the pieces still fell into place in the Patriots’ playoff puzzle. The Colts took care of the Houston Texans during the early set of games, opening the window of possibility for a bye week, and the Patriots took care of their business with a 28-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, they’ll have two weeks to prepare for their next big challenge, which is just what the doctor ordered — literally. The Patriots were ailing over the past few weeks, and with a bye week in tow they’ll actually be able to rest, relax and rehab in preparation of the playoffs. Rob Gr
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