In less than a week we will seeing the top football powerhouses clashing for the pinnacle of the NFL glory. Bill Belichick’s ability to adapt is his defining trait as a head coach. That includes changing the plan during a game, during a season and often during the team-building phase of the offseason.
They are a game-plan organization, looking for smart, versatile players who can help the organization shapeshift on a weekly basis depending on their opponent. Belichick and Tom Brady don’t stay married to a specific offensive philosophy for long. Belichick repeatedly says he only worries about putting points on the board, no matter how it gets done. They adjust their offense to their personnel perhaps more than any team. Their philosophy is change.
Their two playoff games this season illustrate the point perfectly. Against a stout Baltimore Ravens front, the Patriots barely tried to run the ball. They finished with 14 rushing yards, which was easily the fewest by a winning playoff team ever. In a game in which the Patriots were overmatched physically up front, Belichick pulled out all the stops.
The team rolled with a four-man offensive line and declared a skill position player ineligible on many plays, causing confusion for the Ravens. They also had receiver Julian Edelman throw a touchdown pass. They got the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands quickly. It was the ultimate case of “finesse” football winning.
One week later, LeGarrette Blount pounded the Indianapolis Colts on the ground for 148 yards. The team employed extra offensive linemen often and played power football. Tom Brady led the team on slow, workmanlike drives highlighted by manageable third downs. This was closer to the Patriots team we saw most of the season. But as we mentioned above: You never see the same Patriots offense for long. source: nfl.com
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The Patriots struck first with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brady to tight end/surprising foodie Rob Gronkowski. Seattle answered back with a field goal, and after trading TDs in the 2nd quarter, the vaunted Seahawks defense finally stepped up when cornerback Earl Thomas III intercepted a Brady pass for a 58-yard pick six, giving Seattle a 17-14 edge going into the half.
Beastly running back Marshawn Lynch rumbled his way to a 9-yard TD on Seattle’s first possession, but another Brady-Gronk connection kept it a tight 24-21. A fourth quarter defensive standoff kept both teams off the scoreboard until the waning moments, when Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis snatched an errant Russell Wilson pass for a timely interception. That set up Brady for one final drive, which he capped with a game-winning TD pass to Julian Edelman as time expired, giving the Pats a come from behind 28-24 victory.
On the strength of 355 yards and 4 touchdown passes, Brady took home his third Super Bowl MVP award. Lynch was a bright spot for Seattle with 118 yards and 2 touchdowns.
That’s how it played out on an Xbox One running Madden NFL 15, and while it might sound totally ridiculous, this is the twelfth year EA has run its annual Super Bowl prediction, and the game’s actually got a decent track record of 8-3. source: games.yahoo.com
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