Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 1/19/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he lines up in the shotgun formation against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Plain and simple, Tom Brady needs to outplay Joe Flacco, which he has not done in recent years when these two teams square off. Often lost in the dramatic victory last year is the fact that Brady was significantly outplayed by Flacco; and Brady’s mistakes (particularly an ill-advised deep pass to Matthew Slater in the fourth quarter, resulting in a momentum-shifting interception for the Ravens) nearly cost the Patriots the game.  In last year’s contest, Brady was 22-36 for 239 yards, with 2 interceptions and 1 rushing touchdown (the headfirst goal-line leap where he nearly broke his back) and 2 picks. Flacco was also 22-36, but threw for 306 yards, 2 touchdowns and just one interception. He also threw what was nearly a game winning touchdown to Lee Evans, but Sterling Moore was able to knock the ball free at the last moment. This was followed by Billy Cundiff ******** his pants and missing a 32 yard chip shot, sending the Patriots to the Super Bowl. Key to Brady’ success is tha...
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