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Curran: Final installment of Tom vs. Time hints at Brady's dissatisfaction

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Curran: Final installment of Tom vs. Time hints at Brady's dissatisfaction

The final installment of Tom vs. Time was released Monday and the final two scenes carried with it a heavy sense of foreboding.

Given the editorial control Tom Brady had over the project, there’s no confusing the point. He’s just about had it.

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The final words spoken by Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, allude to a sense of disenchantment for Brady with the atmosphere in Foxboro.

“These last two years have been very challenging for him in so many ways,” she said. “And he tells me, ‘I love it so much and I just want to go to work and feel appreciated and have fun.’ ”

After Bundchen speaks, the final scene cuts to a philosophic Brady who is plainly asking if it’s all still worth it. “It’s a big commitment, laying here three days after the game and getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb,” Brady said. “You go, ‘What are we doing this for?’ You know? ‘What are we doing this for, who are we doing this for, why are we doing this?’ You gotta have answers to those questions. And they have to be with a lot of conviction. You know, when you lose your conviction then you probably should be doing something else.”

Even with the qualifier that all this introspection is coming with the wound from the Super Bowl loss still fresh, the tone is a 180-degree turn from what we’ve become accustomed to from Brady.

The question of why he did the things he did always seemed easy to answer. Quarterback wasn’t just what he did, it was who he was.

But the fact his children are quickly growing up – Brady notes that this Super Bowl loss was the first one that affected them – and the fleeting nature of parenting malleable little people who are fast becoming bigger people seems to be dawning on him.

Brady is openly wondering if his conviction to continue competing the way he always has remains. And if the answer is “no,” should he “be doing something else?”

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How would this episode have been different if the Patriots beat Philadelphia? How much introspection would there be, how much would the desire to be “appreciated and have fun” be on his family’s mind if the payoff was more than a painful loss? We won’t know. Because that’s not the way that story ended.

Now that Brady’s given voice to the idea his conviction is waning, we have to wonder how close we are to this story ending, too.

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Chiefs' wild loss to Rams bodes well for Patriots' No.1 seed odds

Chiefs' wild loss to Rams bodes well for Patriots' No.1 seed odds

Monday night's historic matchup between the Chiefs and Rams was one that viewers didn't want to end, but the Patriots have to be satisfied with the result.

The Rams finished off a shootout for the ages with a 54-51 victory over Kansas City. The Chiefs' second loss of the season certainly makes things easier on the Patriots as they come out of their bye week.

If the Patriots win out and the Chiefs lose one more game, New England can earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Both teams have challenges ahead on their respective schedules.

Here's the Pats' schedule for the rest of the season:

Nov. 25: at Jets

Dec. 2: vs Vikings

Dec. 9: at Dolphins

Dec. 16: at Steelers 

Dec. 23: vs Bills

Dec. 30: vs Jets

And here's the Chiefs' schedule:

Dec. 2: at Raiders

Dec. 9: vs Ravens

Dec. 13: vs Chargers

Dec. 23: at Seahawks

Dec. 30: vs Raiders

The Patriots' biggest hurdles likely will be the Vikings and Steelers, while the Chiefs have their own tough matchups vs the Ravens and Chargers, followed by a trip to Seattle.

The Pats own the tiebreaker vs the Chiefs, as they beat Kansas City 43-40 back on October 14.

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Tom Brady reveals the defensive player he sees in his nightmares

Tom Brady reveals the defensive player he sees in his nightmares

Tom Brady has seen his fair share of terrifying linebackers and defensive linemen in his day.

During his interview on Westwood One with Jim Gray in which he and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald fielded questions from firefighters, Brady revealed the defensive player he feared most in his career.

"There's been a lot of them, Brady said." You know what the problem with those d-linemen is? They're all faster than me, because I'm pretty damn slow. But the one guy that I wouldn't want chasing me down would probably be Ray Lewis, because he played with a vengeance. When he got to me, he wanted to make sure he knew that he got to me, and he usually cleaned my clock pretty good. So he's the one who would probably be in my nightmares."

Ray Lewis probably is a popular choice among quarterbacks, so no real shocker there. However, Brady's preference for actor he'd most like to play him in a movie might be a bit more surprising.

"I'm going with Mark Wahlberg," Brady answered. "A Boston legend, Dorchester, just grind-it-out kind of guy, so he'd be my choice."

Sounds like Wahlberg has a gig lined up for whenever the TB12 movie begins production.

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