5 Adjustments New England Patriots Will Need to Make to Win Super Bowl XLVI

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 22, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots walks on the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots may be 2011 AFC champions—but their victory against the Baltimore Ravens was far from perfect.

New England is certainly going to have to clean up their act in order to seal a fourth Super Bowl title in the last 10 years.

Here are five adjustments that the Patriots will need to make in order to win Super Bowl XLVI. 

Reduce the Turnovers

Turning the ball over three times is inexcusable for Bill Belichick's Patriots—that's something that rarely happens and cannot happen in the Super Bowl. 

Two of those turnovers came off of Tom Brady interceptions, and the other came from Danny Woodhead on a kick return in the third quarter which led to a Baltimore field goal. 

Minimizing the turnovers is going to be preached for the next two weeks leading into Super Bowl XLVI. 

Throw the Ball Better

Tom Brady needs to play much better—and I mean much better if he wants to win his fourth Super Bowl. 

Brady completed 61.1 percent of his passes for just 239 yards and failed to throw a single touchdown while being intercepted twice. 

That needs to change—Brady needs to play like Tom Brady. 

Play Better Defense on Third-Downs

Believe it or not, the Patriots were actually pretty solid in the first half when it came to stopping the Ravens on third downs—but that all came to an end in the second half.

Baltimore finished the game completing nine of their 17 third downs.

Anything over 50 percent is not a good thing. That percentage has to be minimized. 

Play Better Pass Defense

Joe Flacco played out of his mind against the Patriots as he compiled 306 yards while throwing two touchdowns and being picked off once. 

A total of 101 of Flacco's 306 passing yards came from Anquan Boldin as he caught six passes. 

The Patriots need to do a better change in their secondary when it comes to shutting down the opposing team's No. 1 wide receiver. 

Don't Let the Opposing Quarterback Effectively Run the Ball

I do realize that when Joe Flacco tucked the ball and ran, it meant that the Patriots had played lock-down coverage, and Flacco had nowhere to go.

But when Flacco ran the ball, he picked up huge chunks of yardage. 

Flacco finished Sunday's game with 27 rushing yards on just four carries. 

When the opposing quarterback has nowhere to throw the ball then New England's pass rush needs to get to the quarterback and make sure that he cannot pick up any large chunks of yards. 

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