Brady entering comfort zone

With his knee injury behind him, Patriots QB ready for return to playoffs

Updated: January 7, 2010, 9:55 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The NFL preview section for one local newspaper featured a close-up of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's left knee in a brace with the headline: "Better hope this holds."

It was suggested that Brady's surgically repaired knee was the key to the Patriots' success in 2009. Four months later, while the knee might have been the only part of Brady that emerged unscathed, New England achieved one of its primary goals by returning the postseason.

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