Stopping Patriots' Brady a tough task

Knight Ridder Newspapers

DETROIT -- At least Jim Johnson doesn't have to worry about a scrambling quarterback when he sits down to put together a defensive game plan for Super Bowl XXXIX.

The Philadelphia defensive coordinator put that nightmare behind him with the 27-10 victory over Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game Sunday.

But the tradeoff -- Vick in the championship game for Tom Brady in the Super Bowl -- isn't necessarily a good one.

Brady and the New England Patriots bring greater threats.


Brady completed 60.8 percent of his passes, threw for 28 touchdowns and had a 92.6 passer rating, fifth-best in the AFC.

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