vladimpaler: Guess I'll state the obvious: The Patriots just aren't as good when they are not taping their opponents' signals.
Killer Cars: The Giants and Ravens have the perfect blueprint to beat the Pats; beat up on the receivers. That's it. It's nothing dirty (usually) and after quarter after quarter of getting pounded after catching the ball, naturally the timing routes start to suffer.Factor in both Gronk and Hernandez never seeming to be healthy at the same time in the playoffs, and...bam. Problem.
Brokenseas: I blame Wes Welker. Not for the drop in the Superbowl two years ago (that was 50/50 between him and Brady), but for the brutal drop against Baltimore this past playoffs.The Pats were up by 6, and were driving to start the second half. On third down, Brady hit a wide-open Welker at the Raven's 20 with a perfect pass, and Welker tried to run before catching it, and dropped it. The Pats had to punt into a wind.On the next couple of plays, Flacco hit a long-bomb touchdown. If Welker makes that catch, the chances are very good that the Patriots are soon up by 9 or 13. Instead, they were down by 1 and the Raven's never looked back.That was the turning point of the game. It's no wonder that the Patriots were happy to see Welker walk out the door to Denver.
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