If the other team's QB is a hall of famer in his prime, more important than matching up with their defensive weaknesses is keeping him off the field.
FROM THE FIRST SNAP AND SUBSEQUENT PASS-PASS-PASS FIRST DRIVE I KNEW WE WERE IN TROUBLE.
Run the effing ball 50% of the time or GTFO.
Running the ball keeps Brady off the field and eats up clock.
The game was sealed in that very drive:
How do you call a pass play on 2nd and 6 from the 6????
Are they probably expecting a run? Sure, but even if you gain 2 yards, you can at least run a play action on 3rd and 4 from the 4..............