Regardless of what happens in Super Bowl 52, Tom Brady has no plans to retire.
The 40-year-old Patriots quarterback told Westwood One’s Jim Gray during a radio interview he will be back next season.
Tadd Haislop: With multiple coverage looks and extreme talent in the defensive secondary, the Jaguars gave Brady and the Patriots trouble in the AFC championship game before New England pulled off yet another epic comeback. Yes, the Eagles enter Super Bowl 52 with a stout defense, but they don’t have the talent in the back seven to contain the Patriots’ passing game early the way the Jags could.
Knowing it will struggle to run against Philadelphia, New England will come out firing with its array of receiving options for Brady. The Patriots will build an early lead, which will force Foles and the Eagles into uncomfortable passing situations in catch-up mode for the rest of the game. Patriots 31, Eagles 10.
Matt Lutovsky: Foles looked great against a better defense in the NFC championship game, but it’s tough to expect a repeat performance on a bigger stage away from home. The Pats’ experience gives them the edge, and their pass rush can apply enough pressure to force Foles into some mistakes. Patriots 30, Eagles 20.
The closest, of course, involves Butler, too, which makes the irony of Belichick’s decision against the Eagles on Sunday night even more wrenchingly painful. Three years ago, Pete Carroll chose to pass from the 1-yard line instead of handing off to Marshawn Lynch. Butler made him and the Seahawks pay for that move, as his game-saving interception launched him from anonymity into stardom, the starting cornerback job and Super Bowl legend.
It goes without saying that the Patriots managed to lose while Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards. The Patriots only led once all night, though, and the Eagles rolled right back downfield to re-take the lead. Brady had to concoct magic in the last two possessions. For once, he couldn’t.
But maybe with Butler on the field — the whole game, half the game, a third of the game, however long — Brady wouldn’t have had to win the biggest shootout in Super Bowl history.