New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs are both expected to miss at least a week of the regular season after suffering injuries in Sunday’s AFC title game.
The New England players are expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Ravens are set to return to the field against the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.
The Super Bowl-clinching touchdown pass by Brady capped a 16-play, 77-yard drive in which the Patriots won their fourth straight game, beating the Pittsburgh Panthers 26-17 in the first round of the playoffs.
The game was also the most-watched in NFL history, with the Patriots having the biggest television audience ever for a Super Bowl game, with nearly 3 million viewers tuning in for the game.
More than 14 million viewers watched the game on TV.
The Steelers scored touchdowns on two consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, and the Patriots recovered the game in the final seconds to beat the Steelers, 21-14.
The game was a blowout, and there was little sign of the Patriots’ late-season dominance.
The Ravens scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice in the closing seconds of the fourth to win their fourth game in a row.
The Patriots have won 11 of their last 12 regular-season matchups with the Ravens.
The last time the teams met in the postseason was in Super Bowl XLVII in Baltimore in 2012.