Tom Brady, Patriots get zoned out

By dropping into coverage, Jets leave New England nowhere to turn

Updated: January 19, 2011, 11:27 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is usually in the zone. In Sunday's stunning 28-21 playoff loss to the Jets, he was flummoxed by the zone.

That is the simple answer to the question many had to be asking after the surprising turn of events: What did the New York Jets do to stop Brady and the Patriots' offense?

Known more for playing man-to-man, they instead played heavier zone coverage. Known more for their blitzing ways, they instead favored dropping ...

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