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Super Bowl LI Preview: New England Patriots Offense

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Super Bowl LI Preview: New England Patriots Offense

2017-02-02 13:41:02

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX. (Image Source: Elsa/Getty Images)

A look at the New England Patriots offense heading into Super Bowl 51:

— Of New England’s four Pro Bowl selections, quarterback Tom Brady is the only one from the offensive side of the football.  

— Tom Brady is also the most productive quarterback in Super Bowl history. He’s the all-time leader in pass attempts (247), completions (164), yards (1,605), and touchdown passes (13). Brady is also tied for the most Super Bowl wins (four) by a starting quarterback and MVPs (three). In his last Super Bowl appearance, Brady completed a record 37 passes on the way to leading the Patriots to a victory over Seattle. Brady also paces all passers with his 24 wins, 1,263 attempts, 788 completions, 8,628 yards, 61 touchdown passes, and 11 300-yard games in the postseason.

— With eight receptions for 118 yards in the AFC Championship Game, wide out Julian Edelman is seventh in postseason history with 84 catches, including 75 (8.3 per game) in his past nine playoff games (95.8 yards per game). In Super Bowl XLIX, Edelman caught nine balls for 109 yards and a touchdown. He has three seasons with at least 90 receptions.

— In the AFC Championship Game, wide receiver Chris Hogan set a franchise record with 180 receiving yards. His 275 receiving yards are second among all players in the 2016 postseason.

— Wide receiver Danny Amendola had a touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIX.

— Running back Dion Lewis was arguably the MVP in New England’s Divisional Playoffs victory over the Houston Texans when he became the first player in postseason history to have a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and a kick return score in the same game.

— Running back LeGarrette Blount isn’t as versatile as Lewis but what he does, he does very well. One of Blount’s strengths is his nose for the end zone. In the AFC Championship Game, Blount rushed for a touchdown to add on to his NFL-leading 18 rushing scores during the regular season. In seven career postseason games, Blount has run for a touchdown in six games with eight total touchdowns.   

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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