The New England Patriots featured in this week’s NFL Turning Point, the best mic’d up show around. You can watch the 18 minute, 50 second video here because we can’t embed it here. Patriots WR Julian Edelman is the play wired up against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
The video breaks down a few key plays and shows how Patriots QB Tom Brady manipulated the Steelers defense on multiple occasions because he understands how the Pittsburgh zone defense operates. He was able to get Edelman in single coverage with a linebacker, or move WR Chris Hogan around the formation to get wide open down the field.
The film breakdowns include how the flea flicker worked, how the Patriots covered Steelers WR Antonio Brown with CB Malcolm Butler, and how WR Julian Edelman scored in the end zone with a whip route.
The Patriots have a solid understanding of the Atlanta Falcons defense, too, and if they can move the ball as easily in the Super Bowl as they did in the conference title game, then the Patriots should win the championship.