Brady gets rosy backdrop in San Diego as rain clears, sun shines for Patriots practice

Tom Brady squeezed through a mob of cameramen and reporters and stepped onto a small riser in a courtyard at the University of San Diego.

Noticing the backdrop, he smiled.

"A rose garden," the New England Patriots quarterback said with a laugh. "That's awesome. It is. It's a little different."

The rain had stopped and the sun was out. Brady held his weekly news conference just before the Patriots (9-3) held their second practice in San Diego. They flew straight here after their loss at Green Bay on Sunday in order to cut down on late-season travel.

On Sunday night, they'll play the resurgent Chargers (8-4).

Says Brady: "December is when football season is. This is what it's all about."