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Old Bowl: Brady-Rivers record oldest QB matchup "pretty cool," says TB12

Old Bowl: Brady-Rivers record oldest QB matchup "pretty cool," says TB12

When he takes the field in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady will set another in a long list of his NFL records.

And so will Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

It'll be the oldest combined age for QBs in an NFL playoff game. Brady, 41, and Rivers, 37, add up to 78 years, 198 days old, surpassing the AFC Championship Game against at the Broncos when a then 39-year-old Peyton Manning bested a 38-year-old TB12.

Asked about it Friday, Brady's reaction?

"Nice," he said. "Nice and old."

Brady added it was "pretty cool" and he wasn't talking about the weather, though he did mention it.

"That’s a pretty good one right there. That’s pretty cool. It’s just fun to be around – I’m out there today practicing and it’s whatever degrees out – 10 degrees, 15 degrees and I’m sitting here just playing with my friends, throwing the football around. I think it’s just a great blessing to be able to do it and do it here for this team, which I’ve loved to do. Philip’s been on the same team – it means a lot. We all work hard to get to this point. These things aren’t guaranteed, very tough to get to this point in the season. Every team four months ago thought they’d be playing in these games. The reality is, that’s not the way the NFL is, so we’re very fortunate and we’ve got to go out and try to take advantage of it."

As for the cold, it's expected to be in the 20s at 1:05 Sunday at kickoff. After 19 years in Foxboro and "probably a couple thousand practices" there, Brady's used to it and that's where he says an advantage comes in. 

"I just think the ability to practice in it like today," he said. "It’s very similar to what we’re going to get on Sunday so just knowing again, how many layers you’ve got to put on and how you’re going to feel. Again, how many layers you have to put on and how you’re going to feel. We didn’t have the heated benches out there like we will on Sunday. It’s cold and that is part of this time of year, but it is good to be playing when it’s cold out. It is good to be playing this time of year in Foxboro."

Rivers is 1-4 when the temperature is below freezing in his 15 years with the San Diego-now-Los Angeles Chargers. Brady is 27-7 in that same time frame.

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2019 NFL Draft QB Dwayne Haskins responds to bold Tom Brady comparisons

2019 NFL Draft QB Dwayne Haskins responds to bold Tom Brady comparisons

Ohio State star Dwayne Haskins might be the best quarterback prospect entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

Haskins completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions for the Buckeyes last season. 

The 21-year-old received some high praise earlier this month from former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, who compared Haskins to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Here's what Dilfer told The MMQB's Albert Breer:

I thought Dwayne should’ve waited (to declare for the NFL Draft), but he’s the most like Tom Brady of anyone we’ve had. He sees it like Tom, he works at it, he plays that way. He plays on time, with his intellectual process. I don’t want to compare anyone to Brady, but he’s Tom Brady-ish.

What did Haskins think of Dilfer's Brady comments?

"From the neck up I feel I'm a lot like Tom Brady," Haskins recently told Sports Illustrated. "From how I study, to how much I commit to get ready for the game, to how I read defenses, to how I pick up protections and how I operate my guys. That's a great comparison for me because I want to be like Tom Brady. He's one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, if not the best. Just to be in the same sentence as 'Tom Brady-ish' is pretty cool to me."

Oklahoma star and reigning Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray is at the top of most experts' quarterback draft boards. Murray could go as high as No. 1 to the Arizona Cardinals, and if that happens, the next team in need of a quarterback likely is the New York Giants at No. 6. Haskins would be an excellent fit with the Giants, who desperately need a successor to veteran QB Eli Manning.

The comparisons between Brady and Haskins obviously are absurd at this stage, but there's still a lot to like about the Ohio State star's game.

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Patriots draft prospects tracker: Notable players to meet with New England

Patriots draft prospects tracker: Notable players to meet with New England

Unlike in past years, the NFL Draft could help the New England Patriots address some serious needs.

The Patriots enter the 2019 NFL Draft armed with 12 total picks, more than any team in the league. With holes to fill wide receiver, tight end and defensive end (among others) and a potential quarterback of the future to target, head coach Bill Belichick and Co. actually might use a lot of those picks.

Exactly what the Patriots have up their sleeve when the draft kicks off April 25 is anyone's guess. But we can get a feel for their strategy by observing which prospects the team holds individual meetings with in the days and weeks leading up to the draft.

Below is a list of notable NFL draft prospects (organized by position) who have already met with or plan to meet with New England this offseason, as confirmed by reports or the prospects themselves:

QUARTERBACK
Will Grier, West Virginia
Daniel Jones, Duke
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

WIDE RECEIVER
A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
David Sills, West Virginia
Gary Jennings, West Virginia
Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Riley Ridley, Georgia
Andy Isabella, UMass
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Hunter Renfrow, Clemson

N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
Miles Boykin, Notre Dame

Nsimba Webster, Eastern Washington
Mecole Hardman, Georgia
Jalen Hurd, Baylor

TIGHT END
Noah Fant, Iowa
Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
Kaden Smith, Stanford
Isaac Nauta, Georgia

OFFENSIVE LINE
OT Kaleb McGary

SAFETY
Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State

CORNERBACK
Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

LINEBACKER
Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Terez Hall, Missouri

DEFENSIVE LINE
DE Jalen Jelks, Oregon
DE Zach Allen, Boston College
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
DT Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M

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