Ravens vs. Patriots: Why Vince Wilfork, Not Tom Brady, Deserves Credit for Win

John HickeyContributor IIJanuary 22, 2012

Vince Wilfork, Patriots
Vince Wilfork, PatriotsAl Bello/Getty Images

There is a lot to be said about Tom Brady. The New England quarterback is back in the Super Bowl once more.

But there was a reason why Vince Wilfork was on the post-game podium with Brady and others in the wake of the 23-20 win that brought the Patriots back to the Super Bowl.

Sunday’s win was, in addition to a key field goal miss by the Ravens’ Billy Cundiff, all about Wilfork.

The man in the middle of the Patriots defense made six tackles, one sack, three tackles for losses and one hit of Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco.

More than that, Wilfork simply outmatched whichever member of the Baltimore offensive line he was asked to stop.

Flacco threw a couple of interceptions, and Wilfork had a hand in that, too.

It might well have been the best game of his career.

Small wonder then that Wilfork had his arms spread in victory after Cundiff’s missed field goal try ensured there would be no overtime.

When a big play had to be made by the New England defense, as often as not, it was Wilfork who was the man on the spot.