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Patriots CB Darrelle Revis answers the call

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Darrelle Revis was everything the Patriots could have asked for in the AFC Championship.

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When the New England Patriots signed All-World cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason, it was seen as the move that would get the team over the "hump" in the AFC.

Specifically, many saw Revis as the piece that would allow the Patriots to match up against Peyton Manning's Broncos, and that could return the defense to its days of dominance from the last decade.

Manning ultimately did not advance to the AFC Championship, but his former team, the Indianapolis Colts did.

And man, did Darrelle Revis step up to the task on Sunday. In the Patriots' 45-7 beatdown of the Colts, Revis was targeted twice. On one, he diagnosed and intercepted an Andrew Luck pass to the flat to set up a Patriots touchdown. He only recorded a pass break-up the other throw. Reggie Wayne, Revis' primary cover assignment, was completely shut out.

To summarize: Revis was insanely dominant. He was everything the Patriots could have hoped for when they signed him in March.

Let's not forget the narrative from before the union: The Patriots do not pay guys like Darrelle Revis. Darrelle Revis is all about the money, and would never take a pay cut for an opportunity to win a championship.

Now, one final step stands between Revis and solidifying his legacy in Patriots and NFL lore: a Super Bowl title. He gets his chance in a little less than two weeks.