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Quarterback fought 103-degree fever, chills

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England quarterback Tom Brady had a
103-degree fever the night before the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh
Steelers in the AFC championship game, Sports Illustrated reported.

The magazine said in this week's issue that Brady had an
intravenous line in his left -- non-throwing -- arm on Saturday night
while fighting off chills in his Pittsburgh hotel room.

In outdoor temperatures of 11 degrees, Brady threw for two
touchdowns with no interceptions to lead the Patriots to a 41-27
victory and their third Super Bowl appearance in four years.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.