This Sunday brings us another AFC Championship in which either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will earn another trip to the Superbowl. Yes, I know you've heard all about this for the past week. For a change of pace, my preview of Sunday's game will not focus on the quarterback matchup. Yes, I'll have a little bit about the Patriots' quarterback, and what he needs to do to make it back to back Superbowl appearances, but that won't be my focus.
Chances are good, that although I'm not a famous or very good painter, you know what's going on in the painting above. Since you are reading a Boston sports blog, that play probably made your day. It was at that point "Malcolm Butler" became a household name in New England for generations to come. So what else has gone on with #21 since that day?
After sputtering through the last half of the NFL season with the only real goal of not losing any more key players to injury, the Patriots are back to having a game that is meaningful. Today the Patriots are playing the Kansas City Chiefs with the winner moving on to the Conference Championship next week. With the season on the line, I am obviously a bit leery of today's game. Like most fans, I'm not ready for the season to be over. Having analyzed today's match up, this is what I think.
Last week I looked at the variety of offensive lineups that the Patriots have used throughout this season. While doing so my main focus was on the hodgepodge of offensive lines which were tasked with both keeping Brady upright and trying to muster some offense on the ground. Today I looked at the variety of players Brady has set his sights on.
You've heard that the Patriots have had a multitude of offensive starting lineups this season. You know they have had some injuries with their offensive weapons and have had a hodgepodge of offensive lineman blocking for Brady, but how bad is it. Here is a look.
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