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For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
Quarterback Tom Brady, who struggled in the AFC Championship Game and has a bum ankle, puts on his hero cape and plays like Tom Brady usually plays in Super Bowls. "I'm not looking for a mediocre performance," Brady said. The Patriots offensive line, which was missing two starters in their Week 17 win over the Giants, must keep their quarterback from taking too many hits from the Giants defense, which led the league in sacks and has a fierce pass rush with Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora. Defensively, the Patriots must stop Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and hope that quarterback Eli Manning comes back to earth. After throwing 20 interceptions during the regular season, he has not committed a turnover in three postseason games.
A good bar bet: Sit Wes Welker in a crowd of patrons and see if anyone identifies him as an NFL player. At 5 feet 9, 185 pounds, he certainly doesn't look the part.
Undrafted out of Texas Tech and cut after one game by the Chargers in 2004, he found a job as a kick returner for the Dolphins. In '06 he actually led them in receptions.
Despite his size, the Patriots never looked down on him.
"We played against Wes his first three years in the league, we played against him twice a year and we couldn't match up with him. He wore us out," said Scott Pioli, the Patriots' vice president of player personnel.
After being traded to the Patriots this season, Welker, 26, burst onto the scene, helping the unbeaten Patriots reach the Super Bowl as he led the NFL with a club-record 112 receptions for 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns.
"I never would have envisioned it," said Welker, who caught a total of 96 passes in his first three seasons. "I thought I'd be returning kicks for the rest of my career, and then I just worked hard and tried to develop the rest of my receiving skills, and it's kind of come to this."
“I really feel you can have a perfect record. I don't know if anybody's perfect. I haven't experienced that."
Pats quarterback Tom Brady on the possibility of going 19-0
New York can make Tom Brady uncomfortable in the pocket. The Patriots quarterback has a sprained ankle and his mobility will be limited, so getting inside pressure and preventing him to step up in the pocket is the key. Brady smoked the Giants secondary in the last meeting, completing 32 of 42 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns while only being sacked once. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will dial up some blitz schemes and hope cornerbacks Sam Madison, Corey Webster and Aaron Ross can contain Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth in man coverage. Offensively, the Giants have to run the ball early, often and into the fourth quarter. The Patriots have some older linebackers who could wear down hitting the 260-pound Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Keep an eye on Giants linebacker Kawika Mitchell. The former University of South Florida star was injured in the Week17 meeting against the Patriots.
"College football and the NFL are a totally different animal," Mitchell, 28, said. "But just having Jim Leavitt as a head coach (at USF) - a hard-nosed guy who likes things a certain way - I think really helped me bring some discipline into the league with me. Then I had Wally Burnham as my linebacker coach and he had a lot of experience with NFL players coming out of Florida State. They stayed in my ear and prepared me for the discipline of the NFL."
This will be the fifth time Mitchell has played against the Patriots. He went 1-1 against New England while playing for Kansas City.
"To be on this stage and get another chance, I'm very excited," Mitchell said.
Remember Week 17?
The game was supposed to be meaningless for the Giants, who couldn't improve their position in the postseason. With a wild-card playoff game looming at Tampa Bay the next week, the Giants could've mailed it in. Instead, coach Tom Coughlin approached it like a playoff game. Despite losing 38-35 and getting three starters injured in the process, Coughlin and his players never regretted the decision and credits the confidence gained from that game as the reason for sweeping to road wins at Tampa Bay, Dallas and Green Bay in the playoffs.
Stat of the week
The Giants led the NFL in sacks with 53. Guess which team was second? The Patriots with 47. They just get it done in a different way, using an array of blitzes in the 3-4 scheme.
Wes Welker's first season with the Patriots was a success: