Originally posted on NBC Los Angeles  |  Last updated 1/16/12
Congratulations, Tom Brady! You just knocked Tim Tebow out of the playoffs and saved us an additional week of soft focus Rick Reilly columns about how Tebow is a good quarterback but an even BETTER human being. That's the good news. The bad news is that you are the last man standing when it comes to elite QBs carrying lousy defenses. There were three teams in the divisional round that featured historically good QBs coupled with historically terrible defenses: The Saints, the Packers, and the Patriots. Before last weekend, many of us assumed that either the Saints or Packers would make the Super Bowl because... well because Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers were too good to fail, no matter what kind of scrap their respective teams fielded on the other side of the ball. But this weekend served as a reassuring reminder that defense DOES still matter. Both the Niners and Giants advanced to the NFC title game because they got clutch play from their QBs and because their defenses fluste...
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