FOXBOROUGH – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deflected any concern about his right hand after it was the focus of much attention, saying it felt “perfect” and that it was not bothering him at all.
“I don’t know [how] anyone knows what the back of my right hand looks like, but it looks fined to me and it feels good,” he siad. “I’ll be out there next week; you don’t have to worry about that.”
Brady was 13 of 22 for 116 yards passing, throwing a touchdown pass and an interception. He was off on his first pass of the day, a quick out-route to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The throw was behind the tight end and promptly picked off by Dimitri Patterson. He was much more solid in the second half, going 7 of 14 passing for 91 yards, hitting Aaron Dobson for a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He had another touchdown pass, a 30-yard throw to Gronkowski, called back after a holding penalty on Nate Solder.
“I thought he made some really good throws today and he ran well too,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Showed some open field running. I think Tom had a good week of practice and he made some key plays for us today, like he always does.”
Belichick was asked if Brady’s hand was bothering the quarterback during the week.
“No, not really.”