Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
KRISTIN CALLAHAN/ACE pictures; AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN
01/24/2007 at 05:15 PM EST
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won't be getting another Super Bowl ring this year, but he does have Gisele Bundchen to cheer him up.
Brady, 29, whose Patriots were knocked out of the NFL playoffs this weekend, and Bundchen, 26, "started dating just before Christmas," a source confirms to PEOPLE.
Asked about the relationship by a Boston radio show, Brady said he
didn't "have much of a response." Bundchen's rep had no comment.
The couple-watch kicked into gear after the Boston Herald
reported that the Victoria's Secret model was seen waiting for Brady outside the Patriots locker room on Jan. 14, after the team's win against the San Diego Chargers.
A Chargers rep tells PEOPLE that Bundchen "was in the stands. I'm 100 percent sure. (A Charger employee) saw her walking in concourse area."
Brady split with actress Bridget Moynahan
late last year after a three-year relationship.
Bundchen, who broke up with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2005, had previously expressed her admiration for the football star: In December, she told the Herald
: "Tom Brady, definitely not too shabby. He's pretty cute. All-American, that's a good way to describe him."
But she knew he was then with Moynahan, and added, "He's cute, but if he has a girlfriend, he's gay to me. There are too many men in the world to go after a man who has a woman. Life is too short."