Chris Crocker, Bengals’ defense stymie Tom Brady, Patriots

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CINCINNATI — Chris Crocker didn’t need to study stats to know a pretty good NFL quarterback was coming to town.

All the veteran Cincinnati safety heard all week was “Tom Brady, Tom Brady.”

“All week long, all you guys were talking about was Tom Brady,” Crocker said. “We wanted people to be talking about us. We took it as a challenge. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. We knew Tom Brady was coming here, and we had to step up.”

Crocker, signed as a free agent Sept. 25 to shore up a banged-up secondary, and his defensive teammates did more than step up. In a 13-6 win at Paul Brown Stadium, they shut down the Patriots in ways New England hadn’t seen, literally, in years.

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