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Four years later, the New England Patriots‘ offensive linemen expect another fierce attack on their quarterback in the championship rematch on Feb. 5. The Giants will indeed have plenty of strong, speedy pass rushers zeroing in on Brady.
“This year, they’re definitely the best defensive line in football,” Patriots right guard Brian Waters said Friday. “The wave of good football players they throw at you definitely makes them a difficult task.”
“They’ve got good pass rushers across the board,” left guard Logan Mankins said, “and when their backups come in they’re good, too, so you’re going to always have four guys that are very good pass rushers in the game.”
The Patriots‘ quest for a perfect 19-0 season ended with a 17-14 loss in the 2008 Super Bowl. After the Giants scored the decisive touchdown with 35 seconds left, Brady was sacked for the fifth and final time.
“That was four years ago,” he said Friday. “Next question.”
“Of course,” he said. “I mean, if I were them, that’s what I would be doing. Great players _ Mankins, (Matt) Light, the (Sebastian) Vollmer kid. They have some very good football players. They were embarrassed about that last game and they are going to do everything in their power not to allow that to happen.”
In the opener of the 2008 season, he suffered a season-ending knee injury when he was hit by Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard. In a 33-14 wild-card playoff loss to Baltimore on Jan. 10, 2010, Brady was sacked three times. The next year, he was sacked five times as the New York Jets won a divisional playoff game 28-21.
But Brady has received decent protection recently. He was sacked a respectable 32 times in the regular season. In the playoffs, he wasn’t sacked in a 45-10 win over Denver and was sacked just once in a 23-20 win over Baltimore in the AFC championship game.
The Giants sacked him just twice in their 24-20 win on Nov. 6. But one of those sacks, by Michael Boley, forced a fumble and the Giants took a 10-0 lead on the next play on Brandon Jacobs 10-yard run.
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