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Tom Brady threw for 335 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the September 23 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore, and that was before Lardarius Webb was injured.
While Peyton Manning accumulated 290 yards with three touchdowns in the divisional around against the same secondary, Corey Graham intercepted two passes, and as a team, Baltimore defended eight passes.
Brady will get his yards—there's no doubting that.
But turnovers will be crucial in this one.
The Patriots iconic signal-caller did throw two interceptions in the title game a year ago, and the Ravens will likely be looking to jump routes to make a game-changing play.
Although he was relatively invisible against the Broncos, Ed Reed still roams in center field and Cary Williams and Graham have good ball-skills.
The absence of Rob Gronkowski makes New England's aerial offense less diverse, but doesn't necessarily slow it down.
Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and the running backs out of the backfield are used in a variety of ways—and they are all exceptionally difficult to cover in space.
Much will hinge on how well the Patriots offensive line holds up against Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Paul Kruger.
On the ground, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen complement each other extremely well. Both are shifty in the open field, but can hurt defenses between the tackles.
Remember, only the Seattle Seahawks carried the football more often than the Patriots in the regular season.
Ridley and Vereen combined for over 120 yards on the ground against a good Houston defensive front, and the duo will be a formidable test for Baltimore's.
However, despite running 41 times against the Ravens, the Broncos only mustered three yards per carry.
Although New England's offense is predicated on pace, it controls the clock well with frequent power running plays.
As usual, the trench battle will have a major impact in this title game clash.