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While the New England Patriots' roster seems weaker on paper than it has in past seasons, they've quietly improved in one of the most important areas of the game -- the offensive line. In fact, the offensive line has been even better in the postseason.
Tom Brady has thrown the ball 90 times in the postseason. Against Bosa, Ingram, Jones, Ford and Houston. He's not been sacked yet. The #Patriots offensive line and legendary OL coach Dante Scarnecchia are killing it.— Andy Hart (@JumboHart) January 21, 2019
Tom Brady has dropped back 90 times this postseason, but he hasn't been sacked once. And it's worth noting that New England has done this against two of the best pass rushing teams in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers.
New England will face another stiff test against Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams, but the revamped offensive line appears up for the task based on their latest performances.
When the Patriots lost left tackle Nate Solder to the New York Giants in free agency, most naturally assumed their offensive line would fall off. However, former San Fransisco 49ers' tackle Trent Brown has filled in admirably, as the Patriots have allowed the third-fewest sacks in the NFL this season.
Sony Michel has 5 Rush TD this postseason, most by any rookie in a single postseason in NFL history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 21, 2019
The last player with 5 Rush TD in a single postseason was Terrell Davis in 1997. pic.twitter.com/C5KImojcuk
But this offensive line can do more than just protect Tom Brady, as the Patriots' emergence as a power running team has been key to this Super Bowl run. Rookie running back Sony Michel has rushed for over 110 yards in both postseason games and tacked on five touchdowns as well.
Ultimately, if the Patriots' offensive line can play this well against the Rams' fearsome front seven, led by N
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