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Deflategate move over, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sick -- only days before Super Bowl

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Deflategate move over, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sick -- only days before Super Bowl
Sal Paolantonio reports from Phoenix, Ariz., where Patriots QB Tom Brady confirmed that he has a cold, but expects to be 100 percent by Super Bowl XLIX.
CHANDLER, AZ - JANUARY 28: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks with the media on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHANDLER, AZ - JANUARY 28: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks with the media on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

The air is slowly hissing out of the Deflategate scandal as both the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks largely focus their attention on Super Bowl XLIX – but the game's biggest star may not be 100 percent for the big game.

Tom Brady has a cold.

The sure-fire first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback is set to play in his sixth Super Bowl but admitted this week to reporters gathered in Phoenix that he has been under the weather for days, according to Sports Illustrated.

The Patriots signal caller's children and supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen first became ill before passing the nasty bug on to him, he explained.

"Yeah, I've had it for four or five days," Brady said. "My kids got sick, and then my wife's pretty sick right now, so I brought it, unfortunately, to Phoenix.

"But I'll be fine. I'll be good," he said, while wiping sweat from his forehead and noticeably battling congestion throughout his media appearance.

Brady's disclosure came only days away from what could be his fourth Super Bowl victory, which would tie him with Pittsburgh Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw for most rings. Bradshaw is in the Football Hall of Fame.

"It's been lingering," Brady told reporters, according to Boston television station WBZ. "I'm just trying to get some rest, and a lot of garlic -- an old remedy. So I'm trying everything I can."

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Deflategate move over, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sick -- only days before Super Bowl

Week 1: Patriots at Dolphins, 33-20 loss
Record: 0-1

Shane Vereen #34 of the New England Patriots avoids a tackle by Jimmy Wilson #27 of the Miami Dolphins during the game at Sun Life Stadium on September 7, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Jim Basquil and Greg Garber talk about who should get more credit for the Patriots' success, Tom Brady or Bill Belichick.

Week 2: Patriots at Vikings, 30-7 win
Record: 1-1

New England Patriots Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass play intended for Minnesota Vikings Jarius Wright during fourth quarter action at TCF Stadium on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Photo Credit: Matthew J. Lee, The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Week 3: Patriots vs Raiders, 16-9 win
Record: 2-1

New England Patriots Nate Ebner, left, and Darrelle Revis, right, tackle Oakland Raiders James Jones during the second half of play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Week 4: Patriots at Chiefs, 41-14 loss
Record: 2-2

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) strips the football out of the hands of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the third quarter on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Photo Credit: David Eulitt, Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images

Week 8: Patriots vs Bears, 51-23 win
Record: 6-2

New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray rumbles for a first quarter first down. The New England Patriots hosted the Chicago Bears in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium.

Photo Credit: Jim Davis, The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Week 9: Patriots vs Broncos, 43-21 win
Record: 7-2

Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Jim Rogash, Getty Images

Week 10: Bye Week
Record: 7-2

Tom Brady cracks a smile during Patriots practice warmups at Gillette Stadium.

Photo Credit: John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Week 11: Patriots at Colts, 42-20 win
Record: 8-2

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against Vontae Davis #21 of the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photo Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty Images

Week 13: Patriots at Packers, 26-21 loss
Record: 9-3

Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots makes a reception against the Green Bay Packers during the NFL game at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21.

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen, Getty Images

Week 17: Patriots vs Bills, 17-9 loss
Record: 12-4

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the New England Patriots runs against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Jerome Davis, Getty Images

Wild Card Playoff: Bye Week
Advance to Divisional Round

The New England Patriots held practice in preparation for their playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on January 10, 2015. Rob Ninkovich and Vince Wilfork take a breather during practice.

Photo Credit: John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe via Getty Images

AFC Divisional Round: Patriots vs Ravens, 35-31 win
Advance to Conference Championship

Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass late in the game during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham, Getty Images

AFC Championship: Patriots vs Colts, 45-7 win
Advance to Super Bowl XLIX

The Patriots' LeGarrette Blount scores in 3rd quarter action during the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015.

Photo Credit: Matthew J. Lee, The Boston Globe via Getty Images

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The three-time champ has lost the last two Super Bowls in which he's played (2008 and 2012) to quarterback Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

Assuming Touchdown Tommy's health checks out by Sunday, at least two prominent prognosticators have picked Brady to top the Seahawks and their "Legion of Boom" defense, which many feel ranks among the greatest of all-time.

A simulation run by EA Sports' Madden 2015 video game shows the Patriots winning 28-24 after a furious second half comeback.

The Madden video game franchise is 8-3 in picking the big game since 2004, including correctly picking the Giants' upset win over the Patriots in the 2012 Super Bowl.

Microsoft's Cortana has mercurial coach Bill Belichick and the Pats topping coach Pete Carroll's defending champion Seahawks 24-23 despite the firm's headquarters being only about a half hour away from Seattle.

Cortana's history is not as vaunted as the Madden video games, but the digital assistant has gone 8-2 in this year's playoffs – it also went 15-1 during last year's soccer World Cup.

Vegas has the Patriots as one point favorites over the Seahawks.

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