Tom Brady engineers comeback drive as Patriots beat Cowboys

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With two and a half minutes to play on Sunday in New England, the Cowboys had a 16-13 lead and all the momentum.

And then Tom Brady went to work.

Brady engineered an outstanding two-minute drive, marching the Patriots 80 yards in 10 plays and culminating with a touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez to give the Patriots a 20-16 win. With the victory, Brady and Bill Belichick have tied Dan Marino and Don Shula for the most wins by a quarterback-head coach combination in NFL history. It was the 116th game Brady and Belichick have won together.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said last week that he was afraid to say anything that Patriots receiver Wes Welker could use as bulletin-board material. But while Ryan was refusing to speak up publicly, whatever he said to his players privately worked: Dallas held Welker to six catches for 45 yards and a touchdown — not a bad day, but by far the best any defense has done against Welker this season.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, holding the Patriots’ passing game in check for 58 minutes wasn’t enough, and Brady rallied the troops in those final two minutes.

And while the Cowboys’ defensive effort against Welker was impressive, the Patriots’ defense shouldn’t be overlooked. Although Tony Romo had a 317-yard game, the Patriots’ defense stiffened in the red zone, with the Cowboys settling for 22- and 26-yard field goals. And the running game was all but nonexistent for Dallas: Cowboys running back Felix Jones had just eight carries for 14 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury.

It was a hugely disappointing loss for the Cowboys, who drop to 2-3. And it was another reminder that even if you can shut down the passing game for most of the day, the 5-1 Patriots are a tough team to beat.

109 responses to “Tom Brady engineers comeback drive as Patriots beat Cowboys

  1. Jason Garrett is an IDIOT!!!!! Run the ball three straight times and give Brady the ball back. Hell, everyone knew what would happen next!

  2. Rob Ryan showed what he can do with a defense, but I’ve come to absolutely DESPISE Jason Garrett. What the hell was he doing at the end of the game? Why would ANYONE want to give the ball to Tom Brady with 3 min left?!! Closer game than anyone could have anticipated, and the better team won. But I think Rob shook ’em up a little bit. There goes the Patriots’ streak of 30 points plus games in a row.

    G0@dam Garrett. Overrated Princeton pinhead. Oooof.

  3. A really gutty performance by Brady in this one, but he was flummoxed in the 2nd half until that last minute drive.

    It was the defense that stepped up to give Brady a chance.

    Usually its Brady giving the D a chance..

  4. @kwk69

    Garrett knew that if he didn’t run the football, Romo would just have thrown a pick.

    We *all* know he would have thrown a pick.

    But he didn’t need to!

    Also, Tom Brady is amazing.

  5. What the hell is wrong with the Cowboys offense? They have, arguably, a group of the most talented offensive playmakers in Dez, Miles, Witten, and that poos Felix. No excuse.

  6. “With the victory, Brady and Bill Belichick have tied Dan Marino and Don Shula for the most wins by a quarterback-head coach combination in NFL history.”

    Another record that these two will break.

    I will be the first to say that championships are all that matters, these records don’t stand for crap. With that being said, the resume Belichick & Brady have put together is incredible.

  7. Romo may still get partially blamed… since it can be argued that his previous 2nd half meltdowns may have led Garrett to not trust him to pass to get a first down – when they desperately needed to keep the ball from Brady.

    That said, Brady is truly amazing.

  8. William Marcellino says: Oct 16, 2011 7:32 PM

    That was a great game, really good defense on both sides. Hard to beat TB and the Pats at the Razor though.
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    Especially when the refs are cheating for them all game, you’re right.

  9. @theblondebomber

    Brady threw more picks than Romo, so your argument makes no sense!!!! If they pass the ball there, new england never gets the ball back.

  10. Great game. I thought I was going to drop dead a heart attack on that last series. Cowboys have a damned good team. Real good defense. Pats made just enough plays to win, and the D for once kept kept them in it on a day the offense struggled. Both teams were sloppy but those games happen. Really good win to take into the bye, get their guys healthy and back for another game vs. Pittsburgh.

    Oh yeah, and that Brady guy is pretty good.

  11. Belechick overrated?..are u joking?..no pats fan but did u watch the season when Matt Cassell was in for Brady?..and now watch him on the CHiefs..u joking right?

  12. Patriots fan.

    Dallas has a championship caliber defense the Patriots won’t play a team that can contain them that well for the rest of the year.

    It was so great seeing Brady throw a strike to Hernandez winning blowouts are nice but the excitement of watching a game winning Tom Brady drive is second to none.

  13. kwk69,

    Had he not run the ball and Romo threw a pick, you guys would be whining about Romo throwing the game away.

    It’s was a cautious call by a HC trying to help his QB to not lose the game. It was good play calling.

    The thing is, they were playing against Brady.

  14. @Howie’s Dad.

    That’s just dumb, man. If Garrett was worried about Romo throwing a pick (and Romo came close PLENTY of times), he could have run a running play that had a chance. Those plays went right where New England expected them to go. Where EVERYONE WATCHING expected them to go. Sickening.

    They (mgmt) can’t say they’re good with Romo regardless of the outcome and blow off a chance to beat the team-to-beat. And, judging by what I’ve read above, the majority of people watching agree…

  15. trbowman says:
    Oct 16, 2011 7:34 PM
    Belichick is the most overrated coach in NFL history. 41-57 record with Tom. Tom Brady IS the New England Patriots
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    You must have pulled those stats from out of your rear end?

  16. Who is PFT Nation going to root for when the Patriots face the Packers in the Superbowl?

    What is more sickening to the masses? A repeat by the seemingly perfect Packers or yet another by team TomBill?

  17. geniusfan says: Oct 16, 2011 7:42 PM

    Patriots fan.

    Dallas has a championship caliber defense the Patriots won’t play a team that can contain them that well for the rest of the year.
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    Until Week 9, that is.

  18. wow… only 16 points against the Patriot’s defense?

    I’m sure skip bayless will figure out a way to say “ROMO is the best QB in the LEAGUE!”

  19. tiffpats4eva says:Oct 16, 2011 7:29 PM
    “I am extremely proud of our win tonight. This the best win we have had all season.
    Brady, the real 12, is GREAT.”

    the only real no.12 is 4 time superbowl champion Terry Bradshaw…. nice to see a Patriot fan actually show up around here, your group kinda disappeared after the bills game…

  20. So there’s 1 Cowboys fan to give some credit to the other team. The others are solely blaming the refs and their OC. Way to be good sports about it all.

  21. Garrett’s overly cautious play calling in redzone killed the Cowpokes in this one. Why not throw it up for Bryant instead of the run plays?

  22. Best Pats win of the season. The passing offense struggled at times, and they turned the ball over 4 times. The defense is definitely showing signs of improving. The running game is becoming a dominant part of the offense. The special teams very very good. The passing game stepped up at the end of the game.

    It was a complete TEAM victory over a quality opponent.

  23. The Cowboys defense can take comfort from the fact that they held an offensive juggernaut in check for most of the game. Congrats to the Patriots’ “D” for stepping up in a game when their offense misfired.

  24. Hasn’t Hernandez fumbled in each game? I don’t see it in the stats log for him, but i’m pretty sure he coughs it up often…just maybe has been lucky enough that his team recovers

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 16, 2011 7:52 PM
    geniusfan says: Oct 16, 2011 7:42 PM

    Patriots fan.

    Dallas has a championship caliber defense the Patriots won’t play a team that can contain them that well for the rest of the year.
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    Until Week 9, that is.
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    Bwhahahahaha, Tom Brady is going to tear the Giants and their second rate defense up.

  26. Dallas 4th in total defense. Giant ‘championship caliber’ defense; 20th. 24 pts allowed today was their season low.

  27. Romo may still get partially blamed… since it can be argued that his previous 2nd half meltdowns may have led Garrett to not trust him to pass to get a first down

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    OR… maybe 3rd and 18 is just a tough down. You can try to make it but an incompletion = clock stops. Better to try to run for it and make them spend a time out. Punt and rely on the D to step up again.

  28. So is it still Wade Phillips’ fault Dallas?

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    His fault that he lost the team? Yes.

  29. They lost this game when they ran the ball on 2nd and 10 or so with 2 and change left in the game….They pulled the old herm edwards of playing not to lose instead of playing to win. They should have stayed aggressive and thrown the ball, even on a screen or a pa pass would have been better. you cant give brady the ball with just under 3 minutes left. If you want to beat the pats youve got to hold on to the ball and run out the clock!!!!

  30. To be honest that was just a huge win for the pats. brady has not done that since the opener in 2009 and then he was aided by a really bad bills special teams fumble.

    you cant blame garret because the defense stopped the pats almost all game and he is trusting his d by running the ball there. im a pats fan and i have been frustrated that brady tends to rush and lose when they reallly need it. but this is a new brady. he is still getting pressured but he is finding ways to win these games.

    sloppily played but a good game on the scoreboard. cant really blame anyone d fans brady just came through. something he hasnt done in a long time.

  31. Another NY fan cries about the refs(mr wright). Bye next week, wash and dry the hankies and update the list of excuses. You’ll need them during Giants 9-7 season. See ya wk 9.

  32. david7590 says: Oct 16, 2011 8:06 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 16, 2011 7:52 PM
    geniusfan says: Oct 16, 2011 7:42 PM

    Patriots fan.

    Dallas has a championship caliber defense the Patriots won’t play a team that can contain them that well for the rest of the year.
    ———–

    Until Week 9, that is.
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    Bwhahahahaha, Tom Brady is going to tear the Giants and their second rate defense up.
    ————

    Last time we heard that, WHAT HAPPENED? I just got at Bills fans who spent all week bragging about what they were going to do. Two fluky plays aside, they did NOTHING today.

  33. “Cowboys fan. No shame in this loss. Thats Brady. Thats what he does.

    Shouldn’t have lost to Stafford and Sanchez though. They suck.”

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    Stafford sucks?

  34. Everyone blaming Jason Garrett for running three times… did you really want Tony Romo throwing the ball in a clutch situation?

  35. Pats fan here.
    I have to admit, Cowboys have one hell of a Defense. Hope they don’t waste it with lousy play calling on the offensive side for a few years.
    Players come and players go. Good D’s don’t last forever.

  36. kwk69 ….. Your correct he is no Peyton Manning !!! Tom Brady is far better . I think his three rings say it all ! How many does Peyton have ??? …… This is for the Cowboy Fans out there . Good Game you guys are a tough team . …..

  37. the cowboys blew another game..patriots will get exposed in the playoffs, and walt coleman should not be allowed to officiate any patriot games.

  38. Saw plenty of grabbing and holding by the Cowboys defense that wasn’t called, and Hernandez’ knee was clearly down before he fumbled.

    That said, Dallas played New England tough. The offense was horrible today, but very proud that the worst defense in the league held Romo and the Pokes to 16 points, when they average 25.

    Best part of the game for me: I was at a pub watching the game and a Raider fan was nearby. The announcer mentioned how many times Brady has had a 4th quarter game-winning drives.

    “Not THIS time!” exclaimed the Raider fan.

    When Brady threw that strike to Hernandez for the win, I couldn’t help saying “Not THIS time, huh?!!!!”

    It was the best part of the evening hearing this guy mutter “I hate that f-ing Brady!”

  39. Im a Cowboys fan and I seriously used to hate NE. But Tom Brady is just too methodically good, and Bellicheck is a great coach. I’m not happy we lost, but I am glad to see our D could stand toe to toe with the best QB this year. Congrats to you Pats fans. And please beat the Skins, Giants, and Skins….because I hate them.

  40. zaggs says: Oct 16, 2011

    BTW, Brady has 6 picks this year so far. Eli Manning has 5. Just saying.

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    Who’d have thought Eli “Im in Tom Brady’s class” Manning would be posting on a site like this?

  41. @kenneallyso6

    Brady is not better than Peyton. Who care that brady has three rings? So does Troy Aikman and he was not better than Peyton either!!!! Those TEAMS won those rings!

  42. Another Pat’s win vs. a tough Cowboys team…..

    but they must have cheated right??? But how did they cheat this week????Was it the refs??Something else???

    Any ideas?????

  43. .

    Valiant effort by the Cowboys in the league’s toughest place to play. That performance results in victory more often than not.

    .

  44. The Dallas D is good, Bob Ryan does a great job with them. He did a good job shutting down the Pats last year while at Cleveland and held the Pats in check for a lot of this game. He also had two weeks to prepare for each game as the Browns had a bye week before playing the Pats. What would have made this performance more impressive would be if the Cowboys had played a divisional game last week and not had the bye.

  45. tdrundmc says:
    Oct 16, 2011 8:42 PM
    …….. walt coleman should not be allowed to officiate any patriot games….

    The only ref that never did a Pats’ game again after crapping out (selling out?) was Ben Dreith.

  46. The Cowboys defense just held the Pats to a three-and-out; they had a 2nd half shutout working, and controlled them the entire second half. Given how the game was going, the only smart play is to run the ball, keep the clock running, and make them drive the field to beat you with limited time remaining. Garrett and the play calling at the end was not the reason the Cowboys lost, they managed that end of the game perfectly. The problem is they just weren’t able to make one more play on defense. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the other guys, and this is one of those times.

  47. zaggs says: Oct 16, 2011

    BTW, Brady has 6 picks this year so far. Eli Manning has 5. Just saying.

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    Who’d have thought Eli “Im in Tom Brady’s class” Manning would be posting on a site like this?

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    Eli did beat brady in the superbowl a few years ago!!!!! LOL

  48. Great game. Sure to be an NFL Network Replay this week.

    Not sure why everyone is all over Garretts play calling. They had like a 3rd and 18. If he passes their is a good chance its incomplete and they leave New England with 2 timeouts. The run on 3rd down was to have NE use one if its last 2 time outs and hope the Rob Ryan’s defense that was getting it done all day could stand one more time, or at least keep them out of the zone for over time.

    That being said……he probably should have browsed over Tom Terrific’s resume and re-thought that strategy. But it wasn’t like it was a crazy play call. The game wasn’t over even if they got a first down. Pats still had 2 TO’s and the 2 minute.

  49. Let’s see….

    kwk69 says: Oct 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    @kenneallyso6

    Brady is not better than Peyton. Who care that brady has three rings? So does Troy Aikman and he was not better than Peyton either!!!! Those TEAMS won those rings!

    And then…

    kwk69 says: Oct 16, 2011 9:27 PM

    Eli did beat brady in the superbowl a few years ago!!!!! LOL
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    Talk out of both sides of your mouth much?

    Besides, Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl too, and like Eli, he had his defense to thank

  50. “What the hell is wrong with the Cowboys offense? They have, arguably, a group of the most talented offensive playmakers in Dez, Miles, Witten, and that poos Felix. No excuse.”

    The fact that they have absolutely NO running game is killing them.

  51. eigglesnosuperbowls says:
    Oct 16, 2011 7:45 PM

    Can Tom Brady beat the dream team ?

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    Vox you are so bitter. How screen name changes is this for you?

    So sad.

  52. This is exactly why i hate giants fans your team is garbage and whenever anyone points it out you go back to the 2007 argument because you really have nothing else to use since they’ve been an embarrassment since then…try beating Seattle at home first and then come back here talking about what your “#1 defense” is gonna do week 9…how about beating the redskins? Go back and enjoy your 2007 DVD it’ll be the last championsip you see for awhile

  53. kwk69 says:
    Yeah, the same tom brady that threw 4 picks against Buffalo and two more today!!

    He is no Peyton Manning!!!!!
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    You’re right ……. Brady has two more rings.

  54. kwk69 says:
    Eli did beat brady in the superbowl a few years ago!!!!! LOL
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    Yes, he did. We in New England give him credit for that.

    Meanwhile, that’s been the highlight of his career which has steadily gone downhill, while Brady has gotten even BETTER almost every season

  55. brady vs peyton

    that argument ended long ago, brady has three rings, the only unanimous mvp, the season touchdown record, several touchdown to interception ratio records, more wins, fastest to 100 wins, will soon pass peyton on all time touchdowns.

    brady has stolen all of mannings records and has more rings

    and anyone out there commenting on tom’s interceptions clearly hasnt watched any games this year since 4 of them went off patriots players hands.

    hate brady all you want, but dont argue stupid points

    and manning has been getting worse year after year while brady is still getting better

  56. billfbrennan says: Oct 16, 2011 8:15 PM

    To be honest that was just a huge win for the pats. brady has not done that since the opener in 2009 and then he was aided by a really bad bills special teams fumble.

    you cant blame garret because the defense stopped the pats almost all game and he is trusting his d by running the ball there. im a pats fan and i have been frustrated that brady tends to rush and lose when they reallly need it. but this is a new brady. he is still getting pressured but he is finding ways to win these games.

    sloppily played but a good game on the scoreboard. cant really blame anyone d fans brady just came through. something he hasnt done in a long time.

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    What the hell are you talking about? They lost two games last year. They are 19-3 since the start of last season. Just about every other team wishes their QB could “come through” like that.

  57. brady vs peyton

    that argument ended long ago, brady has three rings, the only unanimous mvp, the season touchdown record, several touchdown to interception ratio records, more wins, fastest to 100 wins, will soon pass peyton on all time touchdowns.

    brady has stolen all of mannings records and has more rings

    and anyone out there commenting on tom’s interceptions clearly hasnt watched any games this year since 4 of them went off patriots players hands.

    hate brady all you want, but dont argue stupid points

    and manning has been getting worse year after year while brady is still getting better

    Peyton has 55,000 yards passing to tom’s 36000
    64.9% completion to 63% for tom
    399 touchdowns to 275 for tom
    148 wins to 100 for tom and 4 nfl MVP”S to 2 for tom.
    Get your facts straight there ALLTEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. kwk69 says:
    Eli did beat brady in the superbowl a few years ago!!!!! LOL
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    Yes, he did. We in New England give him credit for that.

    Meanwhile, that’s been the highlight of his career which has steadily gone downhill, while Brady has gotten even BETTER almost every season
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    With the same number of superbowl wins in that span!!!!!!!!! 0.

  59. get my facts strait? lol
    manning has more touchdowns but less touchdowns per game since he has played 4 more seasons idiot
    manning has more wins but a lower win to loss ratio as he has played 4 more seasons idiot
    he has more yards then brady as he has played 4 more seasons idiot

    you are too stupid to discuss facts

    favre has more touchdowns, more yards and more wins then brady and manning so with your logic he is the better qb

    oh ya vinny testaverde is one of the greatest qbs of all time he is high up onthe list as well

    truth i shouldnt be responding to you since your post is evidence of how stupid u are

  60. Brady 14-5 in the playoffs with 3 rings. In 9 full yrs as a starter.

    Manning 9-10 in the playoffs with 1 ring in 13yrs.
    Including 7 one and outs.

    Case closed. (won’t bring up the fact Manning played most of his games in domes or good weather. Or that he’s consistantly had better skill players, except 2007 when Brady broke every record in the book. etc. etc.)

  61. Ps alltee- You are lucky that you are talking smack from the safety of a computer because if you were to talk that smack to my face, you would get your ass kicked!!!! Punkass Bitch!!!!!

  62. billfbrennan says: Oct 16, 2011 8:15 PM

    sloppily played but a good game on the scoreboard. cant really blame anyone d fans brady just came through. something he hasnt done in a long time.

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    What have you been watching? You can’t lead a late game comeback when you’re ahead by three touchdowns.

  63. kwk69 says: Oct 16, 2011 11:53 PM

    brady vs peyton

    Peyton has 55,000 yards passing to tom’s 36000
    64.9% completion to 63% for tom
    399 touchdowns to 275 for tom
    148 wins to 100 for tom and 4 nfl MVP”S to 2 for tom.
    Get your facts straight there ALLTEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    And then there’s the playoffs…

    Manning: 9 Wins, 1 Game winning drive

    Brady 14 Wins, 3 Game winning drives (2 in Super Bowls)

    And Brady played 4 less seasons.

  64. Hey kwk69,

    Go away. Cut your losses and save yourself from further embarrassment with your asinine comments. Threatening a commenter? You’re just digging yourself a bigger hole, buddy. You do realize that you are ALSO hiding behind a computer. Pot calling the kettle “black”, dipsh*t. I know it’s tough to see your horrible Colts team fade away without your precious Peyton, but don’t bring your hate and meaningless stats to the the table when you have nothing else to do with your life. It’s pathetic.

    I have to admit though. The future is looking bright in Indy. Good luck with that.

    Anyway, good win for the Pats yesterday. That Cowboys D really mixed it up well to confuse Brady. Say what you want about the Ryan brothers, but they seem to be the only 2 guys in the league who know how to rattle #12. And that Demarcus Ware. Phew. He’s a beast.

  65. kenneallys06 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:02 AM
    kwk69 ….. Who cares about the numbers …. 20 years from now no one is going to remember numbers . They will remember a QB that has 3 RINGS !!!!!!!!

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    If RINGS is the measure, then Terry Bradshaw > Tom Brady.

    Thanks for playing.

  66. Terry Bradshaw was a great QB As was Joe Motana , Brett Favre , Steve Young , Roger Staubach , Johnny Unitas , Bart Starr . Just to name a few . Im sure kwk69 already new this ! Do us a favor kwk69 try researching before speaking . You look like a fool

  67. tiffpats4eva says:
    Oct 17, 2011 11:19 AM
    @bozosforall,

    You think Bradshaw is better than Brady? Really?

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    Try a bit of reading comprehension next time. I said IF RINGS ARE THE MEASURE.

    Bradshaw has FOUR rings, Tom has THREE*.

    4>3. Basic math, moron.

  68. pattyarbuccholz says:
    Oct 17, 2011 9:46 AM
    Hey kwk69,

    Go away. Cut your losses and save yourself from further embarrassment with your asinine comments. Threatening a commenter? You’re just digging yourself a bigger hole, buddy. You do realize that you are ALSO hiding behind a computer. Pot calling the kettle “black”, dipsh*t. I know it’s tough to see your horrible Colts team fade away without your precious Peyton, but don’t bring your hate and meaningless stats to the the table when you have nothing else to do with your life. It’s pathetic.

    I have to admit though. The future is looking bright in Indy. Good luck with that.

    Anyway, good win for the Pats yesterday. That Cowboys D really mixed it up well to confuse Brady. Say what you want about the Ryan brothers, but they seem to be the only 2 guys in the league who know how to rattle #12. And that Demarcus Ware. Phew. He’s a beast.
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    For your information dipsh*t, I am not an Indy fan. I do, however think that Peyton is the best qb to ever play the game, even though you pats fans don’t like it.
    Also, you are the one sticking your nose into someone else’s conversation. I didn’t ask your opinion, so for you to come in and start calling someone name’s just makes you a bitch!! you get a life you pathetic hoe!!!!!

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