TAMPA ― The worst playing conditions in the NFL sometimes make for the best moments. Tom Brady came of age in the snow globe division playoff game during the 2001 season against the Raiders, which later became known as the Tuck Rule game.
The forecast for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium against the Eagles calls for plenty of rain and gusting wind, though the outlook is improving.
Fox 13′s Paul Dellegatto tweeted that the approaching cold front that will bring that rain is trending a bit faster, which means the rain may be over by kickoff. He says it will be cool and breezy if that happens.
Brady isn’t concerned.
“I’ve played in it a lot of times over the years,” Brady said Thursday. “You got to handle it with some mental toughness, first of all. Physical prep isn’t much different. We haven’t had a lot of rain this year. We did in the Patriot game so we’re a little bit used to it. You know, maybe some different cleats. ... I’ve had a lot of experience in the Northeast and have had a lot of bad weather conditions so I’ll be ready for it.”
Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said they have considered utilizing wet footballs in practice but they won’t make any drastic changes in prep until at least Friday or Saturday.
“We do wet ball drills,” Leftwich said. “We’re down here in Florida, too, so we practice in it some. We get it. (Brady) has played in the rain a lot. We’ll see what the weather report says, but .... there’s no need to even look at the weather down here until you at least get to Friday. But we are prepared.”
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