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Patriots QB Tom Brady admits Super Bowl loss to Eagles still bothers him

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Despite being the most accomplished quarterback in NFL player, including six Super Bowl championships, three league MVPs, and 14 Pro-Bowl selections, New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady has one sticky thorn in his side: his Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brady, 42, spoke about what he and the Patriots learned from the Super Bowl loss and how it prepared them for the future, like winning last season’s AFC-NFC championship over the Los Angeles Rams, to local Boston sports radio WEEI (via Glenn Erby in USA TODAY Sports’ Rams Wire):

“In a lot of ways we learned from that year and we came back stronger the next year. We won the Super Bowl in ’18. I think everything is a matter of perspective and when you play in that game and you play great teams, you’re not going to win them all. This is not the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals. This is all about tough competition against the best teams. They deserved it that year, and now a couple years later we get a chance to play the organization again. We’ve had a lot of changes, they’ve had a lot of changes. It’s totally different circumstances. Huge game for us. Big game for them. The better team is going to win.”

Brady also cited the Eagles’ momentum-shifting “Philly Special”—the trick play at the goal line on fourth down at the end of the first half that scored a touchdown—as a “tough play to stop,” and that the play will go down in history.

Brady and the Patriots will rematch with the Eagles next week in Foxborough, although the stakes won’t be quite as high as Super Bowl levels.