The New England Patriots have officially put their regular season to a close following Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Houston Texans. The AFC East Division champions are now set to matchup with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 10th at Gillette Stadium. The other AFC contest next weekend will feature the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets.
The Patriots unfortunately will have to continue on without their go-to receiver Wes Welker, who suffered a devastating knee injury early in the first quarter in Houston. The league leader in receptions was later confirmed to have torn his ACL, giving great indication that he’ll be missing in action for quite some time. Quarterback Tom Brady is upset along with the rest of his teammates heading into their 2010 playoff campaign, but still believes in New England’s abilities to step up and compete.
“There’s nobody that can substitute in for Wes and think that they’re going to be Wes. He is everything you ask for,” said Brady. “We’ve got to move on and we’ve got to go out there and play and everyone I think in different areas has to pick it up. I have to play better, Julian (Edelman) has to play better, Randy (Moss) has to play better, the offensive line, running backs, tight ends, we all have to do more. I think that’s the commitment we have to make to one another.”
Brady also took the time to address the recent reports in regards to his broken ribs and finger on his throwing hand. “What’s the injury report say?,” he said. “I’m feeling really good. Everyone breaks bones over the course of the year. I’m feeling pretty good. It’s the best I’ve felt in a while.” The Pats are 5-0 all-time against the Baltimore. Their last game showcased New England edging the Ravens 27-21 in Foxboro back in October.
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