Originally posted on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 1/15/13

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14: Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots during the game on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
You could say the AFC Divisional round game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans came down to one play. With 4:20 left in the 3rd quarter, the Texans were going on a dangerous looking drive. The score was 24-13 to New England, and a touchdown would have made things very interesting heading into the 4th. Then, up pops Rob Ninkovich. The defense throws Matt Schaub different looks, eventually sends two men to blitz Schaub's blind side. Ninkovich moves from that side to the middle, fakes the blitz and drops into coverage. Schaub got confused, throws to a man that would've been free, and Ninko makes a great catch, and stops the drive dead. Tom Brady does his thing, and bang. Instead of potentially being 24-20, it's 31-13, and it's game. This has definitely been Ninkovich's niche in the Patriots defense. He's been a playmaker, so much so that Bill Belichick called him the "Jet Killer" after causing and recovering the winning fumble in an overtime win over the New Yor...
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