Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/17/14

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots have been the biggest contrast in the NFL for the 2012 season. While boasting the most prolific offense in the league, they also boast one of the worst defenses as well.We know that Tom Brady gives this team the best chance to win of any quarterback currently playing the game. That shows in a league leading 425.7 yards per game along with 472 total points on the season. That means that to beat the Patriots, opponents must plan on scoring more than 37 points per game.Going into the playoffs, one of the key factors for success is always said to be defense. If defense wins championships, the Patriots will find themselves on the short end of the stick.Does this mean a quick exit from postseason play? Here is what has to happen.
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