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Tom Brady explains block, which sprung Brandin Cooks on 12-yard run

Ryan Hannable
December 31, 2017 - 6:28 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots ran 80 offensive plays on Sunday, but one sticks out more than the rest.

Late in the first half, Brandin Cooks ran for 12 yards on an end-around play, which had 40-year-old Tom Brady as the lead blocker. He was able to take Jets linebacker Darron Lee out, which allowed Cooks to get around the edge.

After the game, Brady said it was probably the best block of his career.

"Probably," he said. "He was pretty off-balance, though, so it wasn’t much of a block. But it was good. It was a big play for us to get Brandin around the edge there, and he ran really well. Once he got free there, he had David (Andrews) out in front of him, and we ended up scoring on that drive, so that was a good play."

Brady finished the game 18-for-37 with 190 yards and two touchdowns, as the Patriots beat the Jets, 26-6, to earn the AFC's No. 1 seed.

Below is video of the block.

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