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    Ravens @ Patriots REPORT CARD

         SUPER BOWL, BABY!!!! In the end, the Ravens made one mistake too many, costing them the game. This was not your typical Patriots win, where Tom Brady and the offense shines. This was a gritty, determined, 2001 style win. It wasn't pretty. But, it was enough to send the Patriots to Indianapolis.
         Here are my grades:

    I. OFFENSE: Some questionable play calling, an uncharacteristically poor Brady performance, and poor red zone offense nearly cost the Patriots this one.

    1.) QB: I'm going to be kind. This definitely was not one of Tom Brady's memorable performances. Despite, for the most part, being given ample time to throw, and getting good field position throughout the game to operate, his accuracy was at times Curtis Painter-like. He missed a wide open Rob Gronkowski with 6:06 left in the second quarter, which cost the Pats 4 points, as the Pats had to settle for a FG, rather than a TD.
         Brady also missed an open Aaron Hernandez of a couple of more throws, and threw two poorly thrown, bad decision interceptions. The deep one into the end zone with 7:22 left in the 4th quarter, right after the Spikes pick, was a terrible call...and a terrible throw into double coverage.
         For the game, Tom completed 22 of 36 passes for 239 yards, no TDs, and the aforementioned two picks. He finished with a horrid 57.5 QB rating. 
         In Brady's defense, he did lead the Patriots on an 11 play, 64 yard drive, to put his team ahead to stay, early in the fourth quarter...and scored the winning TD himself on a QB sneak. But, Tom couldn't close the show in the final two minutes, by picking up a clock killing first down.
         Let's face it. Brady was awful today. He said it best, "I sucked":
    GRADE: D;

    2.) RBs:
    BJGE had his best game in weeks...and, the way Brady threw the ball, it's a good thing he did. Bennie rushed for 68 yards in 15 carries, and a TD. Danny Woodhead had just 18 yards on 6 carries, as he wasn't much of a factor. Thank goodness that the Pats rarely used Aaron Hernandez as a RB today:
    GRADE: C+;

    3.) OL: Rookie RT Nate Solder got beat for two sacks. The one he gave up to  DE Paul Kruger on the Pats' initial drive, cost his team a TD. But, that aside, the Big Uglies played plenty tough. They saw to it that "Sizzle" (Terrell Suggs) fizzled. They kept the huge Haloti Ngata out of the backfield, and even did a reasonable job of opening up some running room for BJGE. For a change, their trigger man betrayed them. Great trap block by Logan Mankins paved the way for Bennie's second quarter, 7 yard TD run:
    GRADE: B+;

    4.) TEs:
    Solid, if unspectacular performance by the Dynamic Duo. Gronk and Hernandez combined for 12 catches for 153 yards. Their stats would have been considerably better, had their QB been more accurate. There was also a left sideline pass that Gronk hauled in, which was ruled out of bounds. However, replay appeared to show that Gronk had hauled it in, in bounds. But, BB didn't challenge it. 
         If only the Pats had some sort of a deep threat to help out their incredible TEs. How would Ravens' rookie Torrie Smith, the 58th player taken in the 2011 draft (RB Shane Vereen yaken at #56), look in a Patriots' uniform?
    GRADE: B+

    5.) WRs: This group was of little consequence. Wes Welker had just six (6) receptions for 53 yards...while Deion Branch and Julian Edelman combined for just three (3) catches, for a paltry 26 yards:
    GRADE: D.

    II. DEFENSE: Who would have thought that the unit that had been the ugly step-sister of this team throughout the year would bail out Brady and his boys?

    1.) DL:  Vince Wilfolk was immense. The big guy played his finest game as a Patriot, as he continually collapsed the pass pocket on Joe Flacco. No telling what greater stats Flacco would have posted, if not for Vince. Wilfolk finished with six (6) tackles, including three (3) solos, a sack, with three (3) of his tackles for resulting in a loss of yardage. He, and his comrades up front, held Ravens' star RB Ray Rice to just 67 yards on 21 carries (3.2 yards per carry). Hats off to Vince, Gerard Warren, Mark Anderson, Kyle Love, and Brandon Deaderick for containing, if not shutting down, the Baltimore running game today.
         The only negatives were that they did a poor job of containing Flacco in the pocket. When he was able to get outside the pocket, he had a couple of big pass plays...one of which was the 42 yarder to Torrie Smith, which set up the Buzzards' first TD. They also allowed him to scramble for 27 yards, on four (4) carries:
    GRADE: A-;

    2.) LBs: The boys up front made it easy on the LBs to make plays, particularly against the running game. ILB Brandon Spikes had a big game, leading the team with nine (9) tackles (two solos), and made a dynamite interception of a Flacco pass over the middle. It snuffed out a promising 4th quarter Ravens' drive.
         Jerod Mayo chipped in with eight (8) tackles, two of which were solos. Rob Ninkovich did his part for this active LB corp with seven (7) tackles (one solo). 
         In coverage, although the Ravens' TEs combined for seven (7) catches for 74 yards, Ray Rice was held to just one catch, for 11 yards:
    GRADE: B+;

    3.) SECONDARY: By and large, the tackling was awful. Kyle Arrington's whiff on Anquan Boldin resulted in a 37 yard play, and lead to the second Buzzard TD. Boldin finished with six (6) catches for 101 yards, most of those yards coming on YAC (yards after catch).
         The backline boys were extremely lucky on a couple of occasions, when Torrie Smith had them badly beaten deep. Fortunately for them, pressure from the DL forced Joe Flacco to hurry his throws. That said, Smith still did his damage, mostly on YAC plays. He finished with 82 yards on just three(3) receptions...an average of over 27 yards per catch. One of his plays, a 29 yard TD reception, was another YAC disaster for the Pats, as Sterling Moore whiffed on a tackle on Smith in the right flat. 
         Unfortunately, this group was back to it's old tricks, as they made Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana. Flacco completed 22 of 36 passes for 306 yards, two (2) TDs, and had a QB rating of 95.4.
          That said, the aforementioned Moore saved the day by knocking what would have been the game winning TD pass out of the hands of Ravens' veteran WR, Lee Evans...and breaking up another pass play to TE Dennis Pitta, on the very next play:
    GRADE: C-;

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: Kudos to Stephen Gostkowski for his 3 for 3 FG performance, and his deep kick-offs. Good job of covering kicks...particularly in the 4th quarter, when Sergio Brown was Johnny on the spot to make a stop, after a rare Zoltan Mesko line-drive kick.
         Folks, other than a "pick-6", there's no greater sin than fumbling on a punt or kickoff return. The Texans lost their game last week against the Ravens, due to a muffed punt. Danny Woodhead committed such as sin...immediately after the Buzzards had forged ahead, 17-16, late in the 3rd quarter. His fumble gave the Ravens the ball at the NE 28. Fortunately for Danny and his team, the defense bailed him out, and held the Buzzards to just a FG. This terrible mistake aside, Danny did a reasonably good job returning kick-offs.
         With mistakes like these, the Pats were fortunate indeed to still come out on top:
    GRADE: C-;

    IV. COACHING: Great job on shutting down Ray Rice. But, the escapability of Joe Flacco in the pocket, and the YAC by Ravens' WRs Boldin and Smith nearly did the Patriots in. As mentioned above, the staff missed an opportunity late in the second quarter to challenge an incomplete call on a Brady sideline pass to Gronk. Had the play been challenged, the Pats might have scored a TD on that drive, rather than a FG.
         Can somebody please tell me what the Pats were thinking when, during the Pats' initial drive in the second half, facing a 3rd and 2 on the Ravens' six, they called a run up the middle with BJGE? Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker anybody? Much too conservative a call. Instead on going up, 16-10, the Pats had an opportunity to really put pressure on the Ravens' offense, had they jumped out to a 20-10 lead. 
         Can somebody please tell me why the Pats decided to heave it deep to a double covered Matthew Slater (yes-Matthew Slater!!!)?? This "brilliant" call was made immediately after Brandon Spikes had just snuffed out a Ravens' drive with an interception. The Pats had a first and ten at midfield, leading 23-20, and just 7:22 to play. Why throw deep, to of all people...Slater? For the second time in a row, the "we'll outsmart them" call backfired. With guys like Gronk, Hernandez, Branch, and Welker at your disposal, why call a play like that for Slater?? 
         Finally, after the "D" holds the Ravens on downs, the Pats get the ball back with just 2:46 remaining, leading, 23-20, at their own 33 yard line. On the first play, Brady completes to Welker for seven (7) yards. It's now 2nd and 3, at the NE 40. Instead on employing a play-action pass to pick up the nails in the coffin first down, or run off tackle, where the Pats had had some success earlier in  the game, they call a run wide play with the not so nimble BJGE. The result was predictable...a one yard loss. Next, on 3rd and 4, the Pats appeared to dust off a play similar to the one that failed so miserably in Indy in 2009, on the famous BB 4th and two call. But, instead of going to Kevin Faulk, they run a similar type pattern with Hernandez. Of course, the play fails, Hernandez is well covered...Brady throws the ball to his wrong shoulder...and, even if he had caught the ball, like Faulk before him in 2009, Hernandez would have been a foot short of the first down. Why not go with the old bread and butter, and throw it to Gronk or Welker over the middle? The failure to pick up this first down nearly cost the Pats this game.     
         Though I'm glad that the Pats' won, they nearly gave this one away. At the end, they appeared to be playing not to lose, rather than playing aggressively to win. I'd much prefer to have seen the later.
         Folks, the Ravens played well, and are a good team. But, the Pats could have, and should have won this game rather easily. They wasted a ton of opportunities on offense, especially in the red zone. They must play far better than this if they wish to have a prayer of beating the white-hot Giants in the SB.
         Speaking of the G-men, brace yourself for the endless replays and rehashes of SB 42.       
    GRADE: C+;

    V. PLAY OF THE GAME: The Sterling Moore break-up of what should have been a game deciding TD pass from Flacco to Lee Evans;

    VI. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Vince Wilfolk.

         Here are the game stats: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=320122017.

         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome.      
     
                                    
     
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     Your grade on Brady as usual was overly negative. Yes he did not have a great game but they scored 23 against a great defense. The second interception was an amazing play by the defender. The miss to Gronkowski was bad but every QB has misses in every game. The game winning drive in the 4th quarter was huge because they had lost Gronkowski.  Brady's TD dive was a game saver and he got slammed hard in the process. In the last two minutes Brady completed a big pass, they ran the ball for negative yardage to get to the two minute warning and then Ed Reed ( a great player) made a great play to save their season (for another 2 minutes at least). Brady was critical of himself because he always shares credit and takes the blame when things go bad ( he was criticizing himself a week ago talking about how they needed to improve on offense). That was a great win against a great team (7-0 against play off teams) and the Pats moved the ball at will for most of the game. They were very effective on third down also. The red zone was a problem because the Ravens made tackles today. This win was very similar to the last three against the Ravens. tough all the way down to the wire and the offense scored 23 against a great defense and the defense played well enough to win. A great team win. The Pats have no apologizing to do for this win, they earned it. The crowd was loud also for once and they deserve credit too. 
     
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    To be down 3-0 in turnovers just can't happen.  I can't believe the Ravens weren't able to take advantage.  Not a real good game for the Pats on the side that handles the ball.  Great game Vince!  Wow.
     
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    Right on all counts.ESPECIALLY the Slater pass. He was double covered and is not a good reciever. Brady's bad.

     
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     Your grade on Brady as usual was overly negative. Yes he did not have a great game but they scored 23 against a great defense.
     
    RESPONSE: Can't see how anybody can defend his awful performance. By his own admission, he was terrible. The defense saved him today. If he plays this way against the Giants, the Patriots will be beaten badly.  

    The second interception was an amazing play by the defender.
     
    RESPONSE: Nonsense. It was a poor call...and a poor decision on Brady's part to make that throw into double coverage. It reminded me of his hopeless heaves to Randy Moss...just to make Randy happy. Why in the world do the Pats make that throw to Matthew Slater, of all people??   

    The miss to Gronkowski was bad but every QB has misses in every game.
     
    RESPONSE: He "missed" consistently...as his Curtis Painter-like 57.5 passing rating would attest. 

    The game winning drive in the 4th quarter was huge because they had lost Gronkowski.  Brady's TD dive was a game saver and he got slammed hard in the process.
     
    RESPONSE: And your point is? That's his job. Everybody gets "slammed hard".

    In the last two minutes Brady completed a big pass, they ran the ball for negative yardage to get to the two minute warning and then Ed Reed ( a great player) made a great play to save their season (for another 2 minutes at least).
     
    RESPONSE: That play was a poor call...and it was poorly executed. Brady's pass was thrown to hernandez' wrong shoulder.

    Brady was critical of himself because he always shares credit and takes the blame when things go bad ( he was criticizing himself a week ago talking about how they needed to improve on offense).
     
    RESPONSE: Sorry...but Brady stunk today.

    That was a great win against a great team (7-0 against play off teams) and the Pats moved the ball at will for most of the game. They were very effective on third down also. The red zone was a problem because the Ravens made tackles today. This win was very similar to the last three against the Ravens. tough all the way down to the wire and the offense scored 23 against a great defense and the defense played well enough to win. A great team win.

    RESPONSE: Tom had ample time to throw for the majority of the game. But, for whatever reason, he was off. How else do you explain  when he missed a wide open Gronkowski in the 2nd quarter? 
         Brady had a bad game. It happens. But, it better not happen again, two weeks from now.


    The Pats have no apologizing to do for this win, they earned it. The crowd was loud also for once and they deserve credit too. 

    RESPONSE: Whose apologizing? Stop making excuses for Tom's poor performance.
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    [SUPER BOWL, BABY!!!! In the end, the Ravens made one mistake too many, costing them the game. This was not your typical Patriots win, where Tom Brady and the offense shines. This was a gritty, determined, 2001 style win. It wasn't pretty. But, it was enough to send the Patriots to Indianapolis.
         Here are my grades:]


    On target, there!
     
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    Solder gave up just one sack, the only sack of the game for the Ravens.
     
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     The long interception should not have been thrown. i do not disagree but to say it was not a great defensive play is ridiculous. It was an amazing play and he got a great return out of it also. Be honest TP. You said a couple of years ago you could see it in Brady's eyes he no longer had the desire to win. How you could see it is beyond me but you have been basing your grades on him with that negative view going in to the grades since then. Are you going to now deny you ever said that. The Pats scored 23 points against a great defense. Yes they relied too much on field goals but those field goals is what won it today. Brady never takes the credit so when he blames himself he should be taken at face value. Brady had a down game for him but certainly no D. Brady was disappointed he could not get the first down to ice the game but the idea he stunk is a joke. The Ravens only allowed 30 points once the whole season, and including that they only allowed 23 points 4 times before today. People here always expecting blow outs have become completely irrational. There is a reason why the Ravens have a lot of pro bowlers on that defense; because the defense is great.
     
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     Your grade on Brady as usual was overly negative. Yes he did not have a great game but they scored 23 against a great defense. The second interception was an amazing play by the defender. The miss to Gronkowski was bad but every QB has misses in every game. The game winning drive in the 4th quarter was huge because they had lost Gronkowski.  Brady's TD dive was a game saver and he got slammed hard in the process. In the last two minutes Brady completed a big pass, they ran the ball for negative yardage to get to the two minute warning and then Ed Reed ( a great player) made a great play to save their season (for another 2 minutes at least). Brady was critical of himself because he always shares credit and takes the blame when things go bad ( he was criticizing himself a week ago talking about how they needed to improve on offense). That was a great win against a great team (7-0 against play off teams) and the Pats moved the ball at will for most of the game. They were very effective on third down also. The red zone was a problem because the Ravens made tackles today. This win was very similar to the last three against the Ravens. tough all the way down to the wire and the offense scored 23 against a great defense and the defense played well enough to win. A great team win. The Pats have no apologizing to do for this win, they earned it. The crowd was loud also for once and they deserve credit too. 
    Posted by ccnsd


    You're actually defending Brady's play after he said "I sucked"?
     
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    In Response to Re: Ravens @ Patriots REPORT CARD : You're actually defending Brady's play after he said "I sucked"?
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     Definately, because i do not think he sucked. For him it was a disappointing game compared to last week's performance but i thought the offense did enough to win. i predicted a close game in the low 20's (24-20) to be exact on a previous thread. I never take Brady's opinion as gospel. He is critical of his performance even when he plays good. The defense played good today also but to say they won the game is ridiculous. Flacco looked like Peyton Manning for much of the game and if the Raven's reciever does not drop an easy catch the Pats probably lose a heartbreaker. Each side of the ball did enough to win, and thats all that matters to me. Wilfork looked exhausted in the third quarter getting pushed around before making a huge play to prevent a field goal attempt late in the 4th quarter. Only one team scored 30 against the Ravens all year long so 23 was pretty good in my opinion. If they challenge Gronkowski's catch they may get 27. The Ravens have a fine defense and all the fans predicting blow outs are crazy. The Ravens have faced a lot of great offenses through the years so the idea that the Raven's could not game plan for the two tight ends seemed silly to me. Sterling Moore was a hero at the end but his weak tackling in the 3rd quarter gave the Ravens an easy touchdown. The Pats scored 3 more than the Ravens today and Brady was an important part of that. Winning is the most important stat for a QB, not QBR, but everyone forgets that. Brady put up great numbers against the Colts in 2006 but lost. Today his numbers were much worse (against a much better defense) yet the Pats won and are going to the super bowl. Which game did he play better in?
     
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         SUPER BOWL, BABY!!!! In the end, the Ravens made one mistake too many, costing them the game. This was not your typical Patriots win, where Tom Brady and the offense shines. This was a gritty, determined, 2001 style win. It wasn't pretty. But, it was enough to send the Patriots to Indianapolis.      Here are my grades: I. OFFENSE: Some questionable play calling, an uncharacteristically poor Brady performance, and poor red zone offense nearly cost the Patriots this one. 1.) QB: I'm going to be kind. This definitely was not one of Tom Brady's memorable performances. Despite, for the most part, being given ample time to throw, and getting good field position throughout the game to operate, his accuracy was at times Curtis Painter-like. He missed a wide open Rob Gronkowski with 6:06 left in the second quarter, which cost the Pats 4 points, as the Pats had to settle for a FG, rather than a TD.      Brady also missed an open Aaron Hernandez of a couple of more throws, and threw two poorly thrown, bad decision interceptions. The deep one into the end zone with 7:22 left in the 4th quarter, right after the Spikes pick, was a terrible call...and a terrible throw into double coverage.      For the game, Tom completed 22 of 36 passes for 239 yards, no TDs, and the aforementioned two picks. He finished with a horrid 57.5 QB rating.       In Brady's defense, he did lead the Patriots on an 11 play, 64 yard drive, to put his team ahead to stay, early in the fourth quarter...and scored the winning TD himself on a QB sneak. But, Tom couldn't close the show in the final two minutes, by picking up a clock killing first down.      Let's face it. Brady was awful today. He said it best, "I sucked": GRADE: D; 2.) RBs: BJGE had his best game in weeks...and, the way Brady threw the ball, it's a good thing he did. Bennie rushed for 68 yards in 15 carries, and a TD. Danny Woodhead had just 18 yards on 6 carries, as he wasn't much of a factor. Thank goodness that the Pats rarely used Aaron Hernandez as a RB today: GRADE: C+; 3.) OL:  Rookie RT Nate Solder got beat for two sacks. The one he gave up to  DE Paul Kruger on the Pats' initial drive, cost his team a TD. But, that aside, the Big Uglies played plenty tough. They saw to it that "Sizzle" (Terrell Suggs) fizzled. They kept the huge Haloti Ngata out of the backfield, and even did a reasonable job of opening up some running room for BJGE. For a change, their trigger man betrayed them. Great trap block by Logan Mankins paved the way for Bennie's second quarter, 7 yard TD run: GRADE: B+; 4.) TEs: Solid, if unspectacular performance by the Dynamic Duo. Gronk and Hernandez combined for 12 catches for 153 yards. Their stats would have been considerably better, had their QB been more accurate. There was also a left sideline pass that Gronk hauled in, which was ruled out of bounds. However, replay appeared to show that Gronk had hauled it in, in bounds. But, BB didn't challenge it.       If only the Pats had some sort of a deep threat to help out their incredible TEs. How would Ravens' rookie Torrie Smith, the 58th player taken in the 2011 draft (RB Shane Vereen yaken at #56), look in a Patriots' uniform? GRADE: B+ 5.) WRs: This group was of little consequence. Wes Welker had just six (6) receptions for 53 yards...while Deion Branch and Julian Edelman combined for just three (3) catches, for a paltry 26 yards: GRADE: D. II. DEFENSE: Who would have thought that the unit that had been the ugly step-sister of this team throughout the year would bail out Brady and his boys? 1.) DL:   Vince Wilfolk was immense. The big guy played his finest game as a Patriot, as he continually collapsed the pass pocket on Joe Flacco. No telling what greater stats Flacco would have posted, if not for Vince. Wilfolk finished with six (6) tackles, including three (3) solos, a sack, with three (3) of his tackles for resulting in a loss of yardage. He, and his comrades up front, held Ravens' star RB Ray Rice to just 67 yards on 21 carries (3.2 yards per carry). Hats off to Vince, Gerard Warren, Mark Anderson, Kyle Love, and Brandon Deaderick for containing, if not shutting down, the Baltimore running game today.      The only negatives were that they did a poor job of containing Flacco in the pocket. When he was able to get outside the pocket, he had a couple of big pass plays...one of which was the 42 yarder to Torrie Smith, which set up the Buzzards' first TD. They also allowed him to scramble for 27 yards, on four (4) carries: GRADE: A-; 2.) LBs: The boys up front made it easy on the LBs to make plays, particularly against the running game. ILB Brandon Spikes had a big game, leading the team with nine (9) tackles (two solos), and made a dynamite interception of a Flacco pass over the middle. It snuffed out a promising 4th quarter Ravens' drive.      Jerod Mayo chipped in with eight (8) tackles, two of which were solos. Rob Ninkovich did his part for this active LB corp with seven (7) tackles (one solo).       In coverage, although the Ravens' TEs combined for seven (7) catches for 74 yards, Ray Rice was held to just one catch, for 11 yards: GRADE: B+; 3.) SECONDARY: By and large, the tackling was awful. Kyle Arrington's whiff on Anquan Boldin resulted in a 37 yard play, and lead to the second Buzzard TD. Boldin finished with six (6) catches for 101 yards, most of those yards coming on YAC (yards after catch).      The backline boys were extremely lucky on a couple of occasions, when Torrie Smith had them badly beaten deep. Fortunately for them, pressure from the DL forced Joe Flacco to hurry his throws. That said, Smith still did his damage, mostly on YAC plays. He finished with 82 yards on just three(3) receptions...an average of over 27 yards per catch. One of his plays, a 29 yard TD reception, was another YAC disaster for the Pats, as Sterling Moore whiffed on a tackle on Smith in the right flat.       Unfortunately, this group was back to it's old tricks, as they made Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana. Flacco completed 22 of 36 passes for 306 yards, two (2) TDs, and had a QB rating of 95.4.       That said, the aforementioned Moore saved the day by knocking what would have been the game winning TD pass out of the hands of Ravens' veteran WR, Lee Evans...and breaking up another pass play to TE Dennis Pitta, on the very next play: GRADE: C-; III. SPECIAL TEAMS: Kudos to Stephen Gostkowski for his 3 for 3 FG performance, and his deep kick-offs. Good job of covering kicks...particularly in the 4th quarter, when Sergio Brown was Johnny on the spot to make a stop, after a rare Zoltan Mesko line-drive kick.      Folks, other than a "pick-6", there's no greater sin than fumbling on a punt or kickoff return. The Texans lost their game last week against the Ravens, due to a muffed punt. Danny Woodhead committed such as sin...immediately after the Buzzards had forged ahead, 17-16, late in the 3rd quarter. His fumble gave the Ravens the ball at the NE 28. Fortunately for Danny and his team, the defense bailed him out, and held the Buzzards to just a FG. This terrible mistake aside, Danny did a reasonably good job returning kick-offs.      With mistakes like these, the Pats were fortunate indeed to still come out on top: GRADE: C-; IV. COACHING:  Great job on shutting down Ray Rice. But, the escapability of Joe Flacco in the pocket, and the YAC by Ravens' WRs Boldin and Smith nearly did the Patriots in. As mentioned above, the staff missed an opportunity late in the second quarter to challenge an incomplete call on a Brady sideline pass to Gronk. Had the play been challenged, the Pats might have scored a TD on that drive, rather than a FG.      Can somebody please tell me what the Pats were thinking when, during the Pats' initial drive in the second half, facing a 3rd and 2 on the Ravens' six, they called a run up the middle with BJGE? Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker anybody? Much too conservative a call. Instead on going up, 16-10, the Pats had an opportunity to really put pressure on the Ravens' offense, had they jumped out to a 20-10 lead.       Can somebody please tell me why the Pats decided to heave it deep to a double covered Matthew Slater (yes-Matthew Slater!!!)?? This "brilliant" call was made immediately after Brandon Spikes had just snuffed out a Ravens' drive with an interception. The Pats had a first and ten at midfield, leading 23-20, and just 7:22 to play. Why throw deep, to of all people...Slater? For the second time in a row, the "we'll outsmart them" call backfired. With guys like Gronk, Hernandez, Branch, and Welker at your disposal, why call a play like that for Slater??       Finally, after the "D" holds the Ravens on downs, the Pats get the ball back with just 2:46 remaining, leading, 23-20, at their own 33 yard line. On the first play, Brady completes to Welker for seven (7) yards. It's now 2nd and 3, at the NE 40. Instead on employing a play-action pass to pick up the nails in the coffin first down, or run off tackle, where the Pats had had some success earlier in  the game, they call a run wide play with the not so nimble BJGE. The result was predictable...a one yard loss. Next, on 3rd and 4, the Pats appeared to dust off a play similar to the one that failed so miserably in Indy in 2009, on the famous BB 4th and two call. But, instead of going to Kevin Faulk, they run a similar type pattern with Hernandez. Of course, the play fails, Hernandez is well covered...Brady throws the ball to his wrong shoulder...and, even if he had caught the ball, like Faulk before him in 2009, Hernandez would have been a foot short of the first down. Why not go with the old bread and butter, and throw it to Gronk or Welker over the middle? The failure to pick up this first down nearly cost the Pats this game.           Though I'm glad that the Pats' one, they nearly gave this one away. At the end, they appeared to be playing not to lose, rather than playing aggressively to win. I'd much prefer to have seen the later.      Folks, the Ravens played well, and are a good team. But, the Pats could have, and should have won this game rather easily. They wasted a ton of opportunities on offense, especially in the red zone. They must play far better than this if they wish to have a prayer of beating the white-hot Giants in the SB.      Speaking of the G-men, brace yourself for the endless replays and rehashes of SB 42.        GRADE: C+; V. PLAY OF THE GAME: The Sterling Moore break-up of what should have been a game deciding TD pass from Flacco to Lee Evans; VI. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Vince Wilfolk.      Here are the game stats: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=320122017 .      As always, your comments and opinions are welcome.                                         
    Posted by TexasPat


    re:"Though I'm glad that the Pats' one, they nearly gave this one away. At the end, they appeared to be playing not to lose, rather than playing aggressively to win. I'd much prefer to have seen the later.
         Folks, the Ravens played well, and are a good team. But, the Pats could have, and should have won this game rather easily. They wasted a ton of opportunities on offense, especially in the red zone. They must play far better than this if they wish to have a prayer of beating the white-hot Giants in the SB. "

    i said all the things you have said and more on the game thread and on thread titled as much (should have won this game easily" .

    bb does often tighten up in championship games (playing so conservative seemingly trying not to lose, therefore leaving the edge which they dance upon to win or lose ever so slim. 
    obrian and bb playcalling was poor throughout the game. thank goodness for mhk blocking that fg. and for the players whop made offensive and defensive plays to win.

    one note; the 2nd year tight ends need to learn when to go down. they are not indestructable.
    unless its the game winner in the sb, we need their bodies on the filed more than them getting 5 yards extra and being knocked out of the game.

    more commnets later  in week.

    thanks for yoru thread
     
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     The long interception should not have been thrown. i do not disagree but to say it was not a great defensive play is ridiculous. It was an amazing play and he got a great return out of it also. Be honest TP. You said a couple of years ago you could see it in Brady's eyes he no longer had the desire to win.
     
    RESPONSE: What???

    How you could see it is beyond me but you have been basing your grades on him with that negative view going in to the grades since then. Are you going to now deny you ever said that.
     
    RESPONSE: Please show me where I said that...and, if I did,  in what context?

    The Pats scored 23 points against a great defense. Yes they relied too much on field goals but those field goals is what won it today. Brady never takes the credit so when he blames himself he should be taken at face value. Brady had a down game for him but certainly no D. Brady was disappointed he could not get the first down to ice the game but the idea he stunk is a joke.
     
    RESPONSE: What's a joke is the way that you're defending him. He was awful today.

    The Ravens only allowed 30 points once the whole season, and including that they only allowed 23 points 4 times before today. People here always expecting blow outs have become completely irrational. There is a reason why the Ravens have a lot of pro bowlers on that defense; because the defense is great.

    RESPONSE: A 57.5 passer rating, two picks, and no TD passes. A "D" might have been generous.
    Posted by ccnsd

     
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    In Response to Ravens @ Patriots REPORT CARD : re:" Though I'm glad that the Pats' one, they nearly gave this one away. At the end, they appeared to be playing not to lose, rather than playing aggressively to win. I'd much prefer to have seen the later.      Folks, the Ravens played well, and are a good team. But, the Pats could have, and should have won this game rather easily. They wasted a ton of opportunities on offense, especially in the red zone. They must play far better than this if they wish to have a prayer of beating the white-hot Giants in the SB. " i said all the things you have said and more on the game thread and on thread titled as much (should have won this game easily" . bb does often tighten up in championship games (playing so conservative seemingly trying not to lose, therefore leaving the edge which they dance upon to win or lose ever so slim.  obrian and bb playcalling was poor throughout the game. thank goodness for mhk blocking that fg. and for the players whop made offensive and defensive plays to win. one note; the 2nd year tight ends need to learn when to go down. they are not indestructable. unless its the game winner in the sb, we need their bodies on the filed more than them getting 5 yards extra and being knocked out of the game. more commnets later  in week. thanks for yoru thread
    Posted by bredbru


         So...you think that the spirit of Myra Kraft got a hand on that FG?? LOL!!!

         If the Patriots play this way in the SB, they'll have no chance.  

     
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    In Response to Re: Ravens @ Patriots REPORT CARD : QB rating is a   meaningless stat as  are your grades.
    Posted by Patsfansince1966


         LOL!!!
     
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    Posted by TexasPat


     So you are now claiming that you never stated Brady lost his will to win after the 2007 super bowl. If I knew how to pull up 3 year old posts I would. You claimed this as recently as last year. When he had a great QBR rating against the Jets earlier this year he got a B. So QBR rating is now important but then it was not.
     
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     You also stated the Pats had not beaten a good team since the Super Bowl as recently as last year and you were slamming Belichek the GM the whole time.
     
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    In Response to Re: Ravens @ Patriots REPORT CARD :      So...you think that the spirit of Myra Kraft got a hand on that FG?? LOL!!!      If the Patriots play this way in the SB, they'll have no chance.  
    Posted by TexasPat


    yep. you explain it? :)
    who is to say. 
    havent met anyone who knows for sure what happens when someone passes.
     
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    on brady,
    not his best game, however what made this game close was the coaching. take out the critical playcalling by obrian during several drives and we are at least 2 tds ahead.

    ditto bb when he dialed up the 3 man rushes (yielding drives), the kitchen sink blitz (sending everyone) and not letting brady put points up at he end of the half.
    another 7-10 pt differential at least.
     
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    In Response to Re: Ravens @ Patriots REPORT CARD :  So you are now claiming that you never stated Brady lost his will to win after the 2007 super bowl. If I knew how to pull up 3 year old posts I would. You claimed this as recently as last year. When he had a great QBR rating against the Jets earlier this year he got a B. So QBR rating is now important but then it was not.
    Posted by ccnsd


         Please show me what you're claiming I said. I don't remember what I might or might not have said 3 years ago...although the 2007 SB was 4 years ago. But, I'm flattered that you would remember.

         Regardless of what I said three-four years ago, today...Brady stunk.
     
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    on brady, not his best game, however what made this game close was the coaching. take out the critical playcalling by obrian during several drives and we are at least 2 tds ahead.
     
    RESPONSE: Here we go again...blaming all the bad on O'Brien. How do you know that OB, and not Josh, BB, or Brady...was responsible for those poor play calls? 

    ditto bb when he dialed up the 3 man rushes (yielding drives), the kitchen sink blitz (sending everyone) and not letting brady put points up at he end of the half. another 7-10 pt differential at least.

    RESPONSE: The Pats did the right thing taking a knee in the closing seconds of the first half. They had poor field position to work with.
    Posted by bredbru

     
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    Grade as follows:

    Patriots: 23

    Ravens: 20

    'nuff said.
     
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    on brady, not his best game, however what made this game close was the coaching. take out the critical playcalling by obrian during several drives and we are at least 2 tds ahead.
     
    RESPONSE: Here we go again...blaming all the bad on O'Brien. How do you know that OB, and not Josh, BB, or Brady...was responsible for those poor play calls? 

    ditto bb when he dialed up the 3 man rushes (yielding drives), the kitchen sink blitz (sending everyone) and not letting brady put points up at he end of the half. another 7-10 pt differential at least.

    RESPONSE: The Pats did the right thing taking a knee in the closing seconds of the first half. They had poor field position to work with. 
    Posted by bredbru

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    it takes noble people to agree on what they see similarly, learn from one another potentially, and peacefully disagree where they see it differently.

    cheers man.
     
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         Vince Wilfolk played his best game as a pro today: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/22/wilfork-puts-together-performance-to-remember/
     
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    hard to argue with that. i dont know if ive seen him play better
     
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