Brady looking at extending career beyond 2019

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"I absolutely believe I will", the 41-year-old said when asked if he will return next year (transcript via CBS Boston).

After falling to the Dolphins in Week 14 and the Steelers in Week 15, the Patriots fell to 9-5 on the season and saw their spot in the AFC playoff race drop from the No. 2 seed to the No. 3 seed. "I know I've talked about it for a long time", Brady said. I'm going to give it everything I have, like I always have.

This season has been an interesting one for Brady.

The New England Patriots did something this Sunday that not even a handful of major sports franchises have ever accomplished, and that is to go 10 straight seasons with a division title. And I'm going to try to do it as best I possibly can. "I don't take any of these things for granted, but I hope I can keep playing, and I hope I can keep playing at a championship level".

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The five-time Super Bowl champ has his Patriots in the running for a first-round bye heading into their season finale against the New York Jets this coming Sunday. He had that incredible nine-catch game for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the AFC title game against the Steelers in 2017 and had 128 yards in the Super Bowl a year ago.

"I've been able to be in a career for 19 years that I love", Brady said.

Brady's numbers are better than most people might think - he's actually playing better football than he did in his 20s when the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years. The battle for the AFC North between the Steelers and Ravens will steal the day. A similar scenario is in play for the Chiefs and Chargers as they take on the Raiders and Broncos, respectively.

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