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Wilfork puts together performance to remember

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Vince Wilfork is one of the few Patriots left from the team’s 2004 championship squad. He’s the highest paid player on the defense and its best player.

And he put together the trademark performance of his career Sunday against Baltimore.

Wilfork finished with six tackles, a sack, and a quarterback hit. That only tells part of the story. Three of his tackles came for a loss and all of them were huge plays in the game. He stopped drives in the first quarter and the fourth quarter.

Even when he didn’t get an official stat, Wilfork’s pressure up the middle often disrupted Joe Flacco. We can think of one play where Wilfork manhandled Ravens guard Ben Grubbs, forcing Flacco to move right into a sack by Mark Anderson.

The performance reminds us a little of Ty Law’s three interception game against Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship after the 2003 season. It was a Patriots defensive veteran putting together a signature game to get to the Super Bowl.

After a year where offense ruled in New England, players like Brandon Spikes, Sterling Moore, and James Ihedigbo all made huge plays to help the Patriots win Sunday.

Wilfork led the way.

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33 Responses to “Wilfork puts together performance to remember”
  1. FinFan68 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:35 PM

    that dude played his rear end off and could possibly be the game’s mvp

  2. musicman495 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:37 PM

    Incredible performance. That 4th down play late where he pushed the O Lineman right back into Flacco and grabbed Flacco’s jersey all that the same time disrupting the throw was a play for the ages.

  3. jackybadass says: Jan 22, 2012 7:38 PM

    vince is a class act!

  4. knn9413 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:40 PM

    Go Big Vince !! You make all the Pats fans proud

  5. chrisjohnston10 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:40 PM

    I will be proudly wearing my Wilfork jersey at school tomorrow.

  6. painkiller20 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:40 PM

    Tom Brady didn’t.

  7. frankiefiveangels says: Jan 22, 2012 7:42 PM

    Nice to see Vince and the defense step up today. Flacco played very well but the Pats defense didn’t have the “deer in the headlights” look that they often do. But if Brady continues to suck (4 of the last 5 postseason games) in the playoffs we will be screwed again in the Super Bowl. Brady missed many open receivers and just looked out of it again. What the hell is wrong with this guy? Baltimore didn’t do anything special on defense today. The Pats were fortunate to win today but will lose the SB if brady doesn’t snap out of his playoff funk.

  8. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 22, 2012 7:43 PM

    I’ve said it before the game, and I’ll say it after: the Ravens will NEVER go the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at quarterback.

  9. joeymichaelsstudios says: Jan 22, 2012 7:45 PM

    Wilfork wants that ring!

  10. vincentbojackson says: Jan 22, 2012 7:45 PM

    Pats picked a perfect week to finally beat a team that finished the season with a winning record. Congrats!

  11. bshuclassof2012 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:45 PM

    Phenomenal game by Wilfork. He was lights out tonight. Mad props.

    Kicker for sale. Free. Call The Castle.

  12. seanmmartin says: Jan 22, 2012 7:47 PM

    Big Vince is a stud

  13. jonesjack says: Jan 22, 2012 7:47 PM

    He had a massive game.

  14. titanstrides says: Jan 22, 2012 7:47 PM

    my favorite highlight was when he removed his helmet after the missed field goal and was not flagged! the game still had 11 seconds left in it!!

  15. aljack88 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:50 PM

    Also saw some classic non-called holding penalties that were used in trying to stop him: in the 1st half Sims even commented on one time Vince’s jersey was yanked 1/2 way up his keg, er, belly and late in the game replay showed his jersey being pulled down and his shoulder pads coming out.

    Great game Vince – one of the best to play NT.

  16. bennyd720 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:50 PM

    a monster game from Mr Wilfork…

  17. jordan013091 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    Put the team on his back Greg Jennings style

  18. cunninglinguist69 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    That one was for Mama…

  19. jpb12 says: Jan 22, 2012 8:01 PM

    Vince > Ngata today.

  20. reedhof20 says: Jan 22, 2012 8:01 PM

    @AMpatsie-
    Flacco embarrassed Brady today. It is a team game, and the best quarterback did NOT win. Props to VW – Merry Christmas Patsies

  21. Henry says: Jan 22, 2012 8:08 PM

    GO PATS!! Can’t wait for the Superbowl to be here already!

  22. thraiderskin says: Jan 22, 2012 8:09 PM

    Way to go Mr. Wilfork, not a Pats fan, but respect!

  23. nflfollower says: Jan 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    Vince wilforce. That’s why they kept this cat and got rid of seymour. No offense to seymour, he is great as well. But that dominant nose is the key to the 3-4,

  24. lameasish says: Jan 22, 2012 9:59 PM

    Is it the pats fault that they didn’t play more teams with winning records? That is a stupid complaint. Name the teams that they lost to and are still in the playoffs. Flacco outplayed Brady because he played against the worst ranked defense compared to Brady playing against the third best. Get your facts straight before you spew random hate. Give Brady the giants, 49ers or ravens defence and you know how any game would go..

  25. duncanthecat says: Jan 22, 2012 11:08 PM

    Polar Extremes:

    Vince and Fat Albert Haynesworth

  26. wikidpissah says: Jan 22, 2012 11:09 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 22, 2012 7:43 PM

    I’ve said it before the game, and I’ll say it after: the Ravens will NEVER go the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at quarterback.
    —————————————————
    Don’t me stupid. I’m a Pats fan but Flacco played a strong game and threw a perfect pass to Lee Evan that should have put the Ravens in the Super Bowl if not for a great play my Sterling Moore.

    Kudos to the Ravens. They played their arses off. They are always a tough team to play.

  27. bdb808757 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:51 PM

    Don’t me stupid. I’m a Pats fan but Flacco played a strong game and threw a perfect pass to Lee Evan that should have put the Ravens in the Super Bowl if not for a great play my Sterling Moore.

    Kudos to the Ravens. They played their arses off. They are always a tough team to play.

    ———
    Flacco missed Evans in stride earlier in the game, under throwing Evans by at least 15 yards. Hitting those plays is what makes a champion.

  28. vikesandravens78 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:56 PM

    I tip my cap to the big man. Helluva game for him.

  29. ibreathefootball says: Jan 23, 2012 12:02 AM

    He has been a baller since Santaluces HS, I remember seeing him dominate even back then! One of the best run stoppers to ever play the game!!

  30. steveyurk36 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:49 AM

    lamarr woodley is right the ravens will never win a superbowl with joe (ben stiller)flacco at qb. the steelers show how you make plays in the big games thats why they have 6 lombardi trophys. nobody else in the league has as many. great to see both harbaughs choke in the big games. bwaahahhahahaha

  31. CKL says: Jan 23, 2012 1:34 AM

    bdb808757 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:51 PM

    Flacco missed Evans in stride earlier in the game, under throwing Evans by at least 15 yards. Hitting those plays is what makes a champion.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Are you kidding me??? I’m a Pats fan and TB missed WAY more “easy” throws than Flacco did. Flacco outplayed him by a large margin.

    I did think it was great that when they were doing the trophy, the first thing TB said into the mike was “I (bleeped) and the defense bailed me out today.” Gotta love his accountability.

    Big Vince is awesome. The man got paid last year and if anything has been even better since. That’s rare. I loved seeing the much (and often unfairly) maligned defense with the bunch of no names get it done today.

  32. azwildcats96 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:50 AM

    Even when Pats’ D plays big we still have to hear about how they have “The Worst Defense in the NFL”. I really hope that comes true Super Bowl Sunday and Eli puts a hurting on you chowda heads!!

  33. patsfiend says: Jan 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    T-Fizzle: All talk before, and was invisible during the game.

    V-Wizzle: No talk before, and dominated all game.

    Steelers fans: Go away. You’re obnoxious and Baltimore has been better than you the last two years.

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