Tom Brady reveals thumb injury: 'I thought, this is the way the season ends'

In the final installment of “Tom vs. Time,” the Facebook Watch documentary series about Tom Brady, the quarterback finally revealed the extent of the right thumb injury he incurred at practice just days before the AFC Championship game.

And it really was bad.

Take a look for yourself:

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The quarterback's hand immediately after his injury. 

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Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) checks his hand after throwing the ball in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks down at his hand before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 01: The hands of Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots as he speaks to the press during the New England Patriots Media Availability for Super Bowl LII at the Mall of America on February 1, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota.The New England Patriots will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on February 4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks at his right hand during warm ups before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: A detail view of Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots' right hand as he warms up before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks at his right hand during warm ups before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks at his right hand during warm ups before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Lamar Hunt Trophy with his left hand and holds up his injured right hand while talking with the media following the Patriots' win. The New England Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JANUARY 31: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) answers questions during the New England Patriots Press Conference wearing a glove on his right hand on January 31, 2018, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The skin at the base of Brady’s thumb on his throwing hand ripped open, and his first thought was, “This is it. This is the way the season ends.”

“I’m looking down at my thumb because it’s split open and I’m thinking, ‘I really don’t know what happened to my thumb, but I know it doesn’t feel good’,” Brady said. “And I have a real hard time believing I’m going to be able to go out and play well against the No. 1-ranked defense in the league in four days.”

Brady is shown getting treatment from his body man and friend, Alex Guerrero – Guerrero massages the muscles and tendons around the thumb, and it’s clear there are several stitches in the hand. Guerrero also performs acupuncture on the joint, and we hear Brady wincing, over cuts of sports pundits debating whether or not Brady’s injury is worthy of concern.

But it’s clear it wasn’t a small thing, though Brady realized it wasn’t as bad as he feared.

On Thursday, the day after the injury, he was already thinking he had a shot to play, and by Friday it was, “wow, maybe I can go out and do this.”

Brady did start and finish the game, against Jacksonville, leading the Patriots back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit; he calls it “one of the great wins we’ve ever had.”

New England wasn’t so lucky two weeks later against the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

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NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - February 4, 2018 Philadelphia Eagles�Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins during the national anthems before the game REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - February 4, 2018. Philadelphia Eagles? Alshon Jeffery scores a touchdown. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) carries the ball after a catch past Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (93) during the first quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a touchdown catch against New England Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe (25) during the first quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots is tended to by the trainers after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots is tended to by the trainers after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Patrick Robinson #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots are seperated by Malcolm Jenkins #27 after they exchange words after the whistle during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops a pass inteded for him from teammate Rob Gronkowski #87 (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Stephen Gostkowski (L) of the New Enlgand Patriots walks off the filed following an unsuccessful field goal attempt against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Corey Clement #30 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes the catch defended by Jordan Richards #37 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: The New England Patriots defense tackles Nelson Agholor #13 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 celebrates with David Andrews #60 of the New England Patriots during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles bobbles the pass under pressure from Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots as teamamte Duron Harmon #30 (not pictured) intercepts the ball in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Corey Clement (L) of the Eagles scores against the Patriots during Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots makes a catch defended by Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a 26-yard touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a 5-yard pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots has the ball stripped by Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles late in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammates after forcing a fumble by Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots (not pictured) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after fumbling the ball during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Brady said it was the first time he really saw his children with wife Gisele Bundchen, Benjamin, now 8-years old, and Vivian, 5, upset over a loss (Vivian wasn’t born the last time the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl), but the couple were able to use it as a teaching tool.

“They were sad for me, and sad for the Patriots,” Brady said. “But I just said to them, I said to ’em, ‘Look this is a great lesson: we don’t always win. We try our best, and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we want.’

“That’s probably one of the best moments I’ve had as a parent, because you really feel like you’re parenting, you know? And it speaks to, you know, growing up. You wake up the next day, and your life moves on. The kids are on their iPad and they need to be fed, and you get on with your life.”

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HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds his daughter, Vivian, on the podium as he waits to speak following winning Super Bowl LI. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb 5, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and his daughter Vivian Brady hug after the game against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. The Patriots won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates with his son Benjamin during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates winning Super Bowl LI with his son. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at NGR Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and his son celebrate with the Lombardi trophy after the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 17: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) embraces his son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, after today's joint practice with the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots held a dual practice with the Chicago Bears during Patriots training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 17, 2016. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 17: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) with his son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, after today's joint practice with the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots held a dual practice with the Chicago Bears during Patriots training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 17, 2016. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Tom Brady and kids are seen out in Manhattan on April 28, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Tom Brady step out of his NYC apartment on May 15, 2016 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots kisses his son Benjamin during a Super Bowl victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates defeating the Seattle Seahawks with his wife Gisele Bundchen and son Benjamin during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Tom Brady is seen leaving DeSano Pizza with his son Benjamin Rein Bundchen Brady on February 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Pixplus/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12: Tom Brady is seen at a local playground with his son, Benjamin Brady, and dog Lua on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12: Tom Brady is seen at a local playground with his son, Benjamin Brady, and dog Lua on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 07: Tom Brady and sons John Moynahan and Benjamin Brady are seen on December 07, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 8: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady carries his son Benjamin off the practice field at the end of today's practice with the New Orleans Saints during training camp. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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