Brady prepping for match of wits with Ravens

Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:32pm EST
 

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Tom Brady has been sharpening up for another test against the Baltimore Ravens, knowing that finding the right answers to their defensive schemes on Sunday will be key to the New England Patriots reaching another Super Bowl.

"I think it's important to put stress on their whole defense," the New England quarterback told a Foxborough news conference on Wednesday. "I think whatever they're not covering, that's what we have to be able to focus our play calling on and certainly our execution.

"If they're covering us deep, we'll throw it short. If they cover us short, we'll throw it deep. If they're playing the pass, we'll run it.

"I think that's part of the chess game."

Brady, who last week against the Houston Texans passed his boyhood idol Joe Montana into the top spot for NFL playoff wins by a quarterback at 17, runs the league's top-ranked offense for both yards gained and points scored.

But Brady, who has played in five of the last 11 Super Bowls and won three rings, figures it will not come easily against the Ravens, who have reached the playoffs the last five seasons.

Last year the Patriots were fortunate to claim a 23-20 AFC title victory over the visiting Ravens, who squandered a chance to win or tie the game in the final seconds.

In Week Three of the regular season, Baltimore hung on for a 31-30 victory over the Patriots in Foxborough, where the teams will clash once again for the conference championship and a berth in the Super Bowl on February 3 in New Orleans.   Continued...

 
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after the Patriots scored a touchdown in the third quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Massachusetts January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder