Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots On Defense

Everyone knows about the New England Patriots offense, but the improvements made on the defensive side of the ball is the reason that the Patriots are in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX.  The secondary has the veteran experience and leadership of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.  The linebacker corps of Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins stepped up after defensive captain Jerod Mayo suffered a torn patellar tendon. Good thing because they have their work cut out for them handling the mobility of Russell Wilson and power of Marshawn Lynch on the Seahawks.

Here are all of the players that will most likely start or play a major role on Sunday.

Go back to Defense Wins Championships! to review the responsibilities of each position.

Tackles and Ends 
Vince Wilfork (#75) – Defensive Tackle
Chris Jones (#94) – Defensive Tackle
Rob Ninkovich (#50) – Defensive End
Chandler Jones (#95) – Defensive End

Jamie Collins (#91) – Leads the team with 116 tackles.
Akeem Ayers (#55)
Dont’a Hightower (#54)

Darrelle Revis (#24) – He only had two interceptions during the regular season, but he is known for making plays and tackles after the catch.  Third team in three seasons; could become a free agent after this season.
Brandon Browner (#39)

Patrick Chung (#23) – Strong Safety
Devin McCourty (#32) – Free Safety

Next up is the Patriots’ offense.

Get in the game!

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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