Brady and Branch pass the chemistry test


Brady and Branch pass the chemistry test

By Art Martone

FOXBORO -- They'd been apart for 4 12 years, at a distance of 3,000 miles. So you'd think when Tom Brady was looking for receivers to help the Patriots overcome a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit, he'd look to people other than Deion Branch.

But, as they proved Sunday afternoon, time and distance can't erase a connection as deep as the one between this quarterback and this wide receiver.

"Weve known each other for a long time, so I think that chemistry is there and it will be there for a long time," Brady said after connecting with Branch 9 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 23-20 overtime win. "He made some big catches all those play-action passes he made some good plays on those, so it's great to have him out there."

Even more amazing? Six of the catches and 75 of the yards -- plus the touchdown -- came in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"He did great," Brady marveled. "You guys asked me earlier this week if there was some chemistry there. Ive been throwing balls to him for a long time; he made some big time plays, a touchdown catch, so we all kept battling and I think that was why we pulled it out."

It had been a long time -- 13 months and 20 games -- since Brady had engineered the sort of fourth-quarter comeback that had been so routine for him during the first eight years of his Patriots career. The last one came on Opening Night 2009 against Buffalo.

"No," he answered when asked if these sort of comebacks ever get old.

What he really likes, though, was what makes these comebacks possible.

"I think there is a sign when you come in the door that says 'mental toughness,' and thats doing what youve got to do for your team," said Brady, who now has authored 30 fourth-quarter in his career. "I think that was on display today and is something that we can really build on."

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Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents