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Tom Brady non-committal on NFL future after Buccaneers ousted in playoffs by Cowboys

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TAMPA — What’s next for Tom Brady?

“I’m going to go home and get a very good night’s sleep, pretty much as good as I can tonight,” Brady said after his bid so as to add to his collection of Super Bowl rings ended on Monday night with a 31-14 thumping from the Dallas Cowboys.

Brady, 45, gave no clue as as to if he’ll retire after 23 NFL seasons. After last season, he retired in early February – then unretired 40 days later.

When asked when he’ll begin the strategy of deciding on his NFL future, he said, “(There) has been quite a lot of concentrate on this game, so yeah … It’s just been someday at a time – truly.”

One thing for certain: The setback within the NFC wild-card game – the primary time Brady entered a playoff game on a team with a sub-.500 record and the primary time within the postseason that he was a house underdog – wouldn’t be the way in which he’d wish to exit.

“Not the way in which we desired to end it,” Brady declared before opening it up for questions at his postgame news conference. “But we didn’t deserve it.”

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Tom Brady leaves the sector after the wild-card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Brady threw 66 passes – second-most in NFL postseason history – on an evening the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (with the worst-ranked running game within the NFL) logged just 12 rushing attempts. He threw an interception within the red zone for the primary time as a Buc, which blew the possibility to tighten the sport in the primary half.

Brady, who accomplished 35 passes for 351 yards with two late TDs, was removed from vintage. Several of his passes were way off the mark – either too short, too wide or too high.

He was not the efficient Brady we’ve seen through the years. Sure, the Cowboys defense had something to do with it. However the Bucs (8-10) didn’t exactly force the difficulty as Brady lost to the Cowboys for the primary time in his profession (7-1).

“They played (well) defensively and put quite a lot of pressure on us and we just couldn’t make enough plays,” Brady said. “Sort of typical of the way in which we played all 12 months – just inefficient within the passing game and never excellent within the run game. It’s hard to beat good teams like that.”

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As Brady left the sector, he congratulated several Cowboys players, including quarterback Dak Prescott, then jogged toward the tunnel. He removed his baseball cap and tipped it to the fans, then slapped palms with a number of fans positioned near the tunnel.

It was easy to search for clues as he left that could lead on to the conclusion that he has played his final game. Asked if his emotions are any different now than they’ve been in ending previous seasons, Brady offered a fast, non-committal response.

“Yeah, it just looks like the top of the season,” he said.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles similarly was in no mood to ponder Brady’s future within the immediate aftermath of the defeat. Bowles said he expects that he’ll sit down with Brady for a conversation in the approaching weeks.

“Nothing publicly must be said straight away,” Bowles added.

“You mostly want every 12 months to finish great,” Brady said. “Unfortunately, in sports, it doesn’t work that way. There are 32 teams within the league and so they’re all very competitive. Only one in every of them is actually going to feel really good at the top of the 12 months.”

Take it from a person with seven Super Bowl rings…and one more ending that was removed from ideal.

This text originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tom Brady offers no clues on NFL future or with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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