Brady's performance against Jacksonville led to plenty of adulation for the QB -- and speculation about the exact severity of the injury to begin with.
On Monday, the world finally got a look at the injury and the images showed it was severe (the image can be seen below at roughly 03:53).
Brady released the images Monday as part of the final episode of his Facebook documentary "Tom vs. Time." In the episode, Brady says of the moment the injury happened:
"I'm looking down at my thumb as 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 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."
Images show severity of Tom Brady's gruesome playoff thumb injury
Image credit: Eurosport
The video also shows Brady undergoing acupuncture following stitches.
Ultimately, Brady showed little effect of the injury against the Jags. He was 26-of-38 passing for 290 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the 24-20 come-from-behind win.