Tom Brady Says Hit to Head Didn’t Hurt His Production, Praises Wes Welker’s Toughness


Tom Brady Says Hit to Head Didn't Hurt His Production, Praises Wes Welker's ToughnessTom Brady
and the Patriots have been poor in the fourth quarter, but the New England quarterback at least appeared to have an excuse after Sunday’s 24-23 meltdown against the Seahawks.

Brady took a hard hit on the last play of the third quarter, and some people wondered whether the blow rattled him up enough to cause his 5-for-13 fourth quarter, in which he threw an interception and couldn’t get key first downs to close out the victory.

Brady wouldn’t give any excuses when answering for the loss, though.

“It was just poor execution by myself, and poor fundamentals, and that’s the cause of it,” he said on WEEI. “I give Seattle a lot of [credit for] defense, and I credit the way they play.”

The Seahawks defense was tough throughout the game, intercepting Brady twice and holding him to a 62.1 percent completion rate on his 58 passes.

The Seattle defense also got to Wes Welker who, despite 10 catches and 138 yards, had to ask for a sub at one point after a ferocious hit.

“[Welker] got drilled,” Brady said. “He’s so tough — there’s nobody as tough as Wes. His mental toughness, his physical toughness. He runs over the middle fearlessly and makes play after play.

“He made a ton of plays the other day and was open on a ton more plays that I didn’t throw to him. He finds the hole and knows how to get open.”

What’s that you’re saying, Brady? Wes still gets the job done when taking big hits?

Welker and Brady did connect on the Patriots’ final offensive play for 15 yards, but they needed 17 yards for a first down.

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