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January 19, 2013

Patriots DBs wary of Ravens' long-ball potential

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“We’ll see if they match (cornerbacks) on Torrey or Anquan or anything like that. I think they’ve let up some yards in that area, but at the same time, they do a good job of playing very well and playing some man (coverage) underneath.”

As usual, Belichick is sure to change some defensive tactics and show Flacco something he hasn’t seen from the Patriots.

Whatever that is, he’ll still have Smith, Boldin and Jones to run under his deep throws.

“They have some great receivers over there, guys with speed,” Patriots safety Steve Gregory said. “Flacco has a big arm. He makes good decisions with the football. So they have the ability to beat you in many ways and, definitely, over the top is one of them.”

Flacco had 40 completions of at least 25 yards, tying Denver’s Peyton Manning for the most in the NFL this season.

Smith caught six of at least 40 yards, Jones did it four times and Boldin three. Even the tight ends got into the act with Dennis Pitta scoring on a 61-yard pass play and Ed Dickson making a 40-yard snare.

So when Belichick was asked if the Ravens throw the ball deep as well as any team the Patriots have faced, he answered simply and quickly:

“Yes.”

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