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INDIANAPOLIS -- Leave it to the New York media corps to turn a Tom Brady comment at a pep rally into a potential back-page headline in the tabloids.

During the Patriots’ sendoff to Super Bowl 46 yesterday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots quarterback fired up the 25,000 fans with the following comment:

“We’re going down there, and we’re going down there for one reason. We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”

It’s not exactly Joe Namath guaranteeing a victory over the Colts before Super Bowl III. But don’t be surprised if the New York media treats it as such.

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ESPNNewYork.com went with the headline, “Brady planning victory party.” A bit of a leap, yes? The New York Post used: “Tom’s taunt.” And the New York Daily News went with: “Tom’s talkin’ trash.”

Brady was asked about the comment last night by a New York reporter after the Patriots arrived in Indianapolis.

“Well, it was a pep rally,” he said, drawing laughter. “People were pretty excited. Certainly players were excited. I know 25,000 fans who were there were excited as well. It was great to see the support. We get great support, home and away, and hopefully we have some Patriots jerseys in the stands next Sunday night.”

Not exactly a challenge to the Giants’ manhood there. We’ll see what the Giants have to say about it, because they’ll surely be asked.