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Over a million viewers are expected to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, but Tom Brady will not be one of them.
The New England Patriots quarterback revealed in his weekly radio appearance with WEEI-FM on Wednesday that he won’t be tuning in to the Fox coverage of the matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. “Truthfully, I could care less about watching the game. That’s pretty much how I feel,” he said.
Brady’s remarks comes after the Patriots’ 26-16 loss to the Broncos on Sunday, which foiled his hopes to play in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
“I don’t have much of a rooting interest, truthfully,” he admitted. “Those games are hard to watch. I don’t really see myself sitting down to enjoy a football game to watch it. Our season’s over … It’s a very abrupt end.”
Brady’s apathy in no way marked his disrespect for Peyton Manning‘s Broncos or the Seahawks, led by second-year QB Russell Wilson.
“Those two teams really earned it. They’ve played good over the course of the whole season,” the three-time Super Bowl champion told WEEI.
In the run-up to the NFL’s first-ever cold-weather Super Bowl, last Sunday’s NFC and AFC Championship games were ratings winners for both Fox and CBS.
The first game of the day, Denver’s victory over New England, averaged 51.3 million viewers on CBS. That’s the highest average for a CBS-aired AFC championship in 32 years and is behind only 2011’s 54.9 million-strong AFC showdown between Pittsburgh and the New York Jets as the conference’s best showing in recent history.
Fox’s NFC championship game between Seattle and San Francisco proved an even bigger draw, averaging 55.9 million viewers, an NFC best for Fox since 1995 — not counting games that went into overtime — and was up 33 percent from the NFC championship last year.
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