Super Bowl XLIX Recap: The Dont’a Hightower Tackle

Malcolm Butler’s interception has been examined from every angle; as the play that sealed the victory in Super Bowl XLIX for the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks, it got the attention it deserved. However, Butler was in position to make that play because of an extraordinary effort by Dont’a Hightower on the penultimate…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Patriots Pass Defense, Before The Pick

The New England Patriots pass defense had an up-and-down game in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawks failed to complete a pass until late in the second quarter, but eventually proved efficient with their air attack, gaining more than 20 yards per completion before the Patriots stood firm to earn the victory ‒ including the…

Do. Your. Job. — The Ninkovich Sack No One Will Remember

The New England Patriots captured their fourth championship title in franchise history after a thrilling 28-24 comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Long before “the Butler did it” with a game-sealing interception on the one-foot line, the Patriots defense held the Seahawks to a critical three-and-out, capped by the Ninkovich sack…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Passing Game Isn’t Great

Much attention has been given to the marquee matchups of Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The versatile and innovative Patriots offense against the strength and smarts of the Seahawks secondary gets the most attention, followed by the Seattle running game against the New England defense. Dave Archibald has studied the pass defense of the…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Run Defense Is Fast & Furious

The Seattle Seahawks enter their Super Bowl XLIX matchup with the New England Patriots with the best statistical defense in the NFL. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the fewest points and total yards allowed for the second consecutive season. After reviewing the tape, the stats don’t lie —— the reigning champs may be…

The Morgan Burnett Electric Slide: Why You’ve Got to Move

The Green Bay Packers fell to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime, 28-22, in the NFC Championship Game. While this matchup offered many compelling story lines ‒ Russell Wilson’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, the Packers’ conservative play-calling, a fake punt, and an onside kick recovery ‒ one of the decisive moments remains one of…

Reel Film Recap: Divisional Round Rushing Report

Each week Inside The Pylon takes a look at the standout offensive plays from around the league in Reel Film Recap. In this Divisional Sunday edition, Mark Schofield keeps the football on the ground and examines the running games in both the Green Bay Packers win over the Dallas Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts victory…

Patriots Defense Stretched Thin

Heading into the Divisional Round game against the Baltimore Ravens, the New England Patriots defense knew exactly what to expect. They just had a very difficult time stopping it. The Patriots defensive front failed to handle the stretch run concepts that helped Ravens running back Justin Forsett reach over 1,200 regular-season rushing yards rushing in…

Patriots Pass Defense: Defending Tight Ends — Trying, Anyway

The New England Patriots’ pass defense has been a strength this season, with new arrivals Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner keying coverage that has been stifling at times. Dave Archibald explores a potential weakness for the team entering Saturday’s playoff opener against the Baltimore Ravens. If the Patriots defense has an Achilles’ heel, look no…