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Tom Brady reveals how serious his thumb injury was in the playoffs

Tom Brady wore gloves to a press conference in January to conceal the extent of his thumb injury. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Leading up to the AFC Championship game Jan. 21, no one outside the Patriots organization was sure how badly Tom Brady had injured his thumb in practice and whether it would affect his performance.

In the sixth and final episode of “Tom vs Time,” the Patriots quarterback revealed how serious the injury really was.

Brady had a long and deep cut on the base of his thumb that required stitches.

In the Facebook Watch docuseries, Brady said after sustaining the injury he wasn’t sure he would be able to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“When I hurt my thumb, I thought, ‘This is it, this is the way the season ends,’ ” Brady said. “I’m looking down at my thumb as it’s split open, and I’m thinking, ‘I really don’t know what happened to my thumb. But I know it doesn’t feel good,’ and I have a real hard time believing I’m going to be able to go out and play well against the No. 1-ranked defense in four days.”


The episode also features footage of trainer Alex Guerrero treating Brady’s injury, the quarterback groaning as Guerrero pushes acupuncture needles into his thumb.

Brady described his thought process in the days leading up to the AFC Championship game, and how he wasn’t fully confident of playing until he practiced Friday, two days before the game.

“Going through a Thursday of, ‘OK, well it doesn’t quite feel right, but it’s feeling a lot better. Maybe I got a shot,’ ” Brady said. “And then Friday, going out to practice and being like, ‘Wow, maybe I can do this.’ ”

Watch the full episode here: