Originally Posted by LadainianIMnotDONE
3 years in a row the Pats got roughed up. In the regular season a lot of those hits are some extra flags and there's a lot more flags being thrown. in the playoff's the ref's let the game go on some more and more physical play slide. In the playoff's what has killed the Pats is the lack of a deep ball, being out muscled, no toughness, and lack of adjustments.
Its the same story the last 3 years. If the Pats want to finally get over the hump they desperately need to work on 20 plus yard plays and not rely on all the short stuff. Guys were getting crushed all game and eventually it wore the Pats receivers out ... guys started droppin balls, scared to run after catch, and etc. They desperately need a tough leader as well. I'm hoping they don't fix this and at this point in his career I'm not sure if Brady can adjust to making more throws downfield.
I'd agree. They do need a stretch the field receiver. Their defense is getting better but still has a way to go. Tom is getting older, but the majority of the team is young and talented.
Bottom line is the Ravens played well.
I think the Niners will crush them.