Originally posted by 21SandersMoss84:
Brady can't handle blitzes up the middle. Move the launch point in his dropback and you'll disrupt his timing. I believe his pass protection is suspect. Eliminate Welker's drag route - that's Brady's security blanket. Roll high-low coverages towards Gronk. All the while doing what our defense does best - sound tackling with some (or a lot) punishing hits mixed in.
Offensively, we shouldn't have a problem with their porous defense. Pounding the rock consistently and effectively will keep Brady off the field and win us the T.O.P. battle. I like what Alex Smith is showing in terms of an economical passing game. If Harbaugh establishes 49ER FOOTBALL, victory is ours.
There isn't a QB alive who can play his best when there's consistent pressure up the middle. Getting it isn't as easy as it sounds, although SF probably has as good a shot as anyone.
The Patriots defense IS porous (though it has been better lately) but 'pounding the rock' is not the way to exploit it. NE has a top-10 rushing defense, and a bottom-5 pass D.