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By Matt Vensel | December 1, 2011
Ravens fans feel the same way about Tom Brady. [ via Hot Clicks ]
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
It shouldn't surprise you that most NFL players would rather have Tom Brady or Peyton Manning as their quarterback -- not Joe Flacco -- with two minutes left in the Super Bowl and a championship on the line. Flacco has steered the Ravens into the end zone during clutch drives in some big games such as the AFC divisional round win last winter, but Brady and Manning are among the NFL's all-time leaders in comeback drives. But it was a little astonishing that Flacco got no love in a recent ESPN poll asking players that question . In an anonymous player survey conducted by ESPN during the season, 128 of the 320 players polled said they wanted Brady, a three-time champion with the New England Patriots, in the final minutes of a Super Bowl.
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By Matt Vensel | April 11, 2011
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cried in a recent interview with ESPN, but it wasn't because they told him about all the nasty things Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said about him last season. Brady was talking about how he had to wait until the sixth round to be selected in the 2000 NFL draft and got a little emotional. Here's video of the three-time Super Bowl champion, husband of Gisele Bundchen and Ugg boots spokesman crying:
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Between the precision of quarterback Tom Brady and running back LeGarrette Blount busting through tackles Sunday, the Ravens' defense was perplexed by a balanced New England Patriots offense. When the Ravens attempted to pressure Brady, he quickly located open receivers. When the Ravens tried to load up the line of scrimmage to bring down Blount, the 6-foot, 250-pound running back lowered his shoulders and powered through defenders for 76 yards and two touchdown runs on 16 carries.
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By Matt Vensel | September 29, 2011
Boston suffered another significant loss on Wednesday: Tom Brady cut his hair. The Patriots quarterback showed up at practice without his signature Bieber bangs , and thanks to the fine folks in the Patriots media relations department, I have secured a photo of the recently-shorn reigning MVP. The Boston Globe published a clever obituary for Brady's hair , which perhaps uncoincidentally was clipped days after Brady threw four...
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Lorraine Mirabella | June 1, 2012
All Tom Brady wants is a little help finding the Under Armour "coldblack" golf gear when he stops in a Dick's Sporting Goods store near his new house in El Segundo, Calif. Instead, he gets mocked by a store clerk who doesn't recognize the New England Patriots quarterback and proceeds to make fun of his non-existent "Bah-ston" accent, offering him "wah-tah" and baked beans. That's the premise of a comedy video created by Under Armour and website Funny or Die that's going viral with some 900,000 views since going live this week.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
When the Super Bowl ends Sunday, win or lose, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is likely to exchange texts with one man. When Brady was 12, he met Tom Martinez at a football camp at the College of San Mateo in California and has sought the coach's assessment of his performance after every game in his career. But in December, the conversation turned from the NFL star's skills to Martinez's health, after Brady learned that Martinez was struggling on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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By Matt Vensel | September 24, 2012
In his 13 years in the NFL, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has seen just about everything that a crazed, caffeine-infused defensive coordinator could possibly scribble on a whiteboard in the wee hours of the morning. But the Ravens tried their best to give him something different to think about on Sunday night. For most of the 31-30 victory over the Patriots, the Ravens lined up in their nickel package -- New England's offensive personnel usually dictated that part -- with only two down linemen with a hand on the turf.
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By Matt Vensel | September 25, 2012
Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today he looks at the critical fourth-quarter sack of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. For much of Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady was one step ahead of the Ravens. They would overload one side of the line or try to surprise him with a cornerback blitz, but he would quickly identify an open receiver in the vacated space to make the Ravens pay for the pressure.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
If you haven't yet heard the bizarre radio call of Tom Brady's game-winning touchdown pass against the Saints, well, you probably haven't spent much time on the Internet this morning. But in case you haven't made the connection, the voice shouting about "unicorns" and "show ponies" is Scott Zolak, a former Terps quarterback who spent a number of years as a backup for the New England Patriots. There's no way to do it justice in type, so just listen for yourself .     UPDATE: It's been pointed out that the play-by-play voice in that clip is Bob Socci, a former Navy announcer.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
The Ravens and New England Patriots have been on a collision course since January, when the Ravens got revenge against their AFC rivals en route to the Super Bowl. The two teams might not have circled today on their calendars when the NFL released its regular-season schedule in April, but throughout the grind of a long season, they have kept an eye on each other, cognizant of the fact that they would clash yet again in late December, likely with much on the line. “We've had some pretty memorable games against them,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
The Ravens have won four straight games to save their season and put themselves in position to play for the AFC North title next week, but first they must beat the New England Patriots, perhaps their tallest task since playing the Denver Broncos in Week 1. To win, the Ravens must get to Tom Brady, one of the NFL's hottest quarterbacks. Based on the Ravens' recent history against him, it is certainly doable. 1. Terrell Suggs will record two sacks. After accumulating nine in his first eight games, Suggs has gone six without a sack.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Swiveling in the pocket as he eyed the Ravens' coverage schemes during the AFC championship game last January, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady certainly didn't lack for inviting targets downfield. Brady threw to tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. During a 28-13 loss at Gillette Stadium, he passed with 320 yards for one touchdown and two interceptions. Heading into Sunday's rematch against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, however, Brady is no longer so fortunate.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and New England Patriots. * Vinnie Iyer at the Sporting News says the Ravens will beat the Patriots , 24-20. The Ravens swept the Patriots last season, including their impressive victory in the AFC title game at New England. They still match up well against Tom Brady, and this one's back in friendly Baltimore. The Ravens' defensive backs are outstanding in covering and make quick tackles after the catch, and don't need to contend with Rob Gronkowski, setting them up to keep Brady from overworking the middle of the field.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 18, 2013
The old Terrell Suggs would have pounced. He would have used the question as an opportunity to further his past platform that Tom Brady gets preferential treatment from the league, and as an opening to blast the New England Patriots quarterback who he once called the "pretty boy from the North. " The new Suggs paused and smiled, clearly thinking about the politically correct response. "Terrell, if Brady took a hit the way [Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco] did [on Monday], you think they would have called a penalty?
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By Matt Vensel | December 18, 2013
It will probably feel a little odd when Tom Brady walks behind center for the first time Sunday afternoon. Whenever Brady played the Ravens in the past, he would look for Ed Reed lurking in the secondary -- he wrote “Find 20 on every play” on his wristband as a reminder -- and he could hear Ray Lewis from across the line of scrimmage barking out commands as the field generals aligned their personnel before the snap. On Sunday, though, those two Ravens legends will be nowhere to be seen or heard.
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By Matt Vensel | July 5, 2011
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis made two appearances on the finale of NFL Network's list of the top 100 players for 2011. The first, of course, was when he was revealed as the fourth-best player in the league -- and the highest defender on the list -- according to his peers. The second was when he introduced Tom Brady, who was named the best player in football , beating out Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Lewis and Ed Reed. Lewis, along with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, gave commentary during Brady’s highlight package, and Lewis heaped tons of praise on the Patriots quarterback, an MVP and three-time Super Bowl champion.
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By Matt Vensel | December 18, 2013
It will probably feel a little odd when Tom Brady walks behind center for the first time Sunday afternoon. Whenever Brady played the Ravens in the past, he would look for Ed Reed lurking in the secondary -- he wrote “Find 20 on every play” on his wristband as a reminder -- and he could hear Ray Lewis from across the line of scrimmage barking out commands as the field generals aligned their personnel before the snap. On Sunday, though, those two Ravens legends will be nowhere to be seen or heard.
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By Matt Vensel | December 17, 2013
Dolphins 24, Patriots 20 STRATEGY:  The Patriots have an offense that is still in transition after losing tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Their talents are irreplaceable in the short term and the team is waiting for a trio of rookie wide receivers to become consistent threats. As a result, the Patriots spread the field horizontally with a quick passing game and a lot of screens so Tom Brady can get the ball to shifty wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
If you haven't yet heard the bizarre radio call of Tom Brady's game-winning touchdown pass against the Saints, well, you probably haven't spent much time on the Internet this morning. But in case you haven't made the connection, the voice shouting about "unicorns" and "show ponies" is Scott Zolak, a former Terps quarterback who spent a number of years as a backup for the New England Patriots. There's no way to do it justice in type, so just listen for yourself .     UPDATE: It's been pointed out that the play-by-play voice in that clip is Bob Socci, a former Navy announcer.
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