There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this years Super Bowl, Brady and Belichick’s ninth, Sean McVay being the youngest coach in Super Bowl history, and of course, the smack talk that officially kicked off yesterday between Patrick Chung and Brandin Cooks.
However, one of the biggest match-ups that hasn’t drawn too much attention is Tom Brady vs. Wade Phillips’ defense.
Brady is coming into Super Bowl 53 with a 6-3 record vs. Phillips, with 21 touchdowns to 7 interceptions to go along with 2,681 yards and a 91.2 rating. Brady has also been sacked 18 times in those nine games.
The last time the two squared off in the playoffs, Phillips was able to slow Brady down in the 2016 AFC Championship game in Denver where Brady completed just 48% of his passes and thew two interceptions as well as being sacked four times.
However, the good news is that the Patriots know what they’ll be getting as Bill Belichick already noted last week that he credits Phillips for not changing his defensive scheme in his thirty years of coaching.
“Wade does a great job of utilizing his personnel and putting his players in position to be productive and make plays.” Belichick noted of his defense, “When he had Von Miller, he didn’t change what he did, just the volume and the percentages shifted to accentuate a player like that or Aaron Donald or whoever it happens to be.”
With how well the Rams pass rush has been this season with Donald, Fowler Jr, Brockers and Such, the Patriots offensive line will have their hands full, however, knowing what type of scheme the Rams will be running for the most part, serves as an advantage for Tom Brady and his offense.
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