Jaguars Take Away Moss, But Picked Apart by Brady and Other Patriots Receivers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--For the first time this season, a New England Patriots opponent put two or three defenders around wide receiver Randy Moss on practically every play. The Jacksonville Jaguars dared Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to find another way to beat them.
Moss had only one catch but Brady completed 26 of 28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots beat the Jaguars, 31-20, in an AFC semifinal here tonight. The Patriots will host the AFC championship game next Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio called his team's approach to the game sound. He praised Brady for being patient enough to take what the Jacksonville defense was giving him.
It says here, though, that the Jaguars took the wrong approach. Against most NFL teams, it's sound strategy to sit back in conservative mode and give up one 10-yard completion after another to the second- and third-best receivers that the offense has. Most quarterbacks will get impatient and most offenses eventually will make mistakes. But Brady doesn't get impatient and the Patriots don't make unforced errors. The Jaguars didn't force Brady into any mistakes and, predictably, he picked them apart.
By Mark Maske |
January 13, 2008; 12:30 AM ET
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