Originally Posted by CelticBaller
Always have great defense lol
By DVOA, we haven't had a top 10 defense since 2006, and in 2011 Brady carried a bottom defense to the SB, 2010 he had a better stretch than Rodgers and carried a bad defense to the #1 seed
Reminder: Belilichik is a defensive coach
2001 Post Season:
Held the #4 scoring offense Raiders to 13 points and 230 total yards
Held the #7 scoring offense Steelers to 17 points and forced FOUR turnovers.
Held the GREATEST SHOW ON TURF to 17 points and forced THREE turnovers.
That's a hell of a defensive effort.
2003 Playoff Run:
Held #5 scoring offense Titans to 14 points, forced a TO and below 300 yards.
Held #2 scoring offense Colts to 14 points and forced FIVE turnovers.
2004 Playoff Run:
Held #1 scoring offense Colts to 3 points, under 300 yards and FORCED 3 TURNOVERS.
Forced FOUR TURNOVERS against #11 scoring offense Steelers.
Forced FOUR TURNOVERS against #8 scoring offense Eagles.
2014 Playoff Run:
Held the #6 scoring offense to 7 points, 209 yards and forced 3 turnovers.
Defense makes the superbowl winning play.
As you can see, Brady has been given tremendous amounts of help on defense throughout his 4 career playoff superbowl runs.
This is not discrediting Brady, this is simply stating the obvious - Patriots have played GREAT defense and have shut down and at times embarrassed top tier offenses in the playoffs. Team game.