FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots can settle in now that they're finally home after their latest win.
They'll be there as long as they're in the AFC playoffs.
"Just rolling back into town," coach Bill Belichick said Monday after the snow-delayed flight, "but mission accomplished."
Brady would like to, but Belichick was noncommittal about how much rest he would give his regulars.
"There's a lot of things that would go into that conversation, a lot of things we'll take into consideration," he said. "There's some players individually whose situations are a little different than other guys. ... We'll do what's best for the football team, both individually and collectively."
Welker made a speedy recovery and has had an outstanding season. So has rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski, who caught two touchdown passes against Buffalo.
The storm that hit the Northeast left the Patriots stranded in western New York. And being the hottest team in the NFL didn't open up any doors at Buffalo-area hotels, most of which were booked because the World Junior Hockey Championships are being held in and around Buffalo.
So a few hours after Brady set the NFL record with 319 straight passes without an interception, he was just another bus passenger, along with his teammates, on a one-hour trip east to Rochester, where they spent the night.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, their plane landed in Providence. About a half-hour later they were back in Foxborough.
"We had some (chicken) wings on the plane," Belichick said. "They hit the spot."
Just like Brady.
He's been amazingly accurate at finding his receivers and not the defenders covering them. He's gone 10 games without throwing an interception and has just four all year with 34 touchdowns passing.
"I think as much as everyone points at me for that, so much goes into what (we're) doing offensively with protection from the offensive line," Brady said on his weekly appearance on WEEI radio. "I'm never forced into rushing throws. We've also been ahead in a lot of games so don't have to try to jam balls into tight spots, areas that you would if you were really desperate in the second half."
"I think that's a pretty good stat just from an overall team basis," Brady said. "All the guys work pretty hard at it."
The players return to practice Wednesday, but the coaches will be back at work Tuesday, getting a late start on final preparations for the Dolphins because of the belated return to Foxborough.
"We're just going to have to get caught up here," Belichick said. "We're a few hours behind the normal Sunday game but significantly ahead of where we'd be (if we'd played) on a Monday night."
Once the game against the Dolphins is over, the Patriots will have a bye week to nurse their injuries and prepare before playing at home in an AFC semifinal. Brady has won his past 27 home games during the regular season, an NFL record. But he lost to the Ravens in last season's opening round of the playoffs.
"Every season's a very challenging season in the National Football League," he said. "I take satisfaction in the team's achievements every week if we win and disappointment if we don't."
He hasn't been disappointed much this year.
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