What was the most difficult part of losing the Super Bowl to the Eagles for Tom Brady? Seeing his kids cry.
The sixth and final episode of Brady’s Facebook documentary, delayed by more than a month after the Eagles spoiled Brady’s chance for a storybook ending, was released Monday, and revealed an emotional quarterback who was a bit uneasy about how his children reacted to the Patriots’ loss.
“That was the first time I’d seen my kids react in that way,” Brady revealed from the couch of his home in Brookline, Mass., just on the outskirts of Boston. “They were sad for me and sad for the Patriots.”
The 15-minute episode didn’t have many grand revelations. Brady said he had lingering thoughts about the Super Bowl and what he could have done differently, especially on the second-down play with a little more than two minutes remaining. Brady dropped back to pass, but lost the football after he was hit by Brandon Graham, a late turnover that all but sealed the victory for the Eagles.
“I thought we were going to go down and score. I thought we were going to win the game,” Brady said. “I thought about that play 500 times in five days.”
Gotham Chopra, the director of the Tom vs. Time documentary series, also thought Brady and the Patriots were going to win, revealing in a Facebook post last month that the loss to the Eagles forced the production team to rethink the series’ final episode.
“The truth is we had a plan, but unconsciously, it was tied to the Pats winning the Super Bowl and, when that didn’t happen (congrats, Eagles!), I felt like we needed to pause and recalibrate,” Chopra wrote.
One interesting moment in the episode is Brady’s first conversation with Rob Gronkowski after the Patriots tight end was knocked out of the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars with a concussion. Driving home from Gillette Stadium with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, Brady called Gronkowski to check in.
“You’re a [expletive] animal, just so you know that,” Brady said “… That was a miracle of us winning without you out there, just so you know it. It was a [expletive] miracle.”
Of course, Gronkowski returned for the Super Bowl and caught nine passes for 116 yards, including two touchdowns. But it wasn’t enough to overcome Nick Foles and the high-powered Eagles offense.
“I think you realize the sun comes up the next morning, your life goes on but, you know, those games live with you for the rest of your life,” Brady said Monday on Good Morning America. “That’s part of being an athlete. That’s part of being in a very competitive sport.”
And for the record, Brady still hasn’t congratulated Foles on the win.
Body, mind, spirit. Family and friends. Everything Tom Brady has worked on, everything he’s invested in – it all comes together in another historic Patriots playoff run. This time, Tom will either propel his team to a sixth Super Bowl victory – or fail in the attempt.
Posted by Tom vs Time on Monday, March 12, 2018