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Brown is a mammoth of a man standing at 6-foot-8

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ATLANTA (AP) — Trent Brown made a huge — no , massive — impression the first time he strolled through the door at New England’s facility and met his new teammates.“Man, I thought Nate Solder was big,” Patriots center David Andrews said while shaking his head. “And then he walked into the room.” It’s a distinction the Patriots left tackle carries around like a badge of pride.Just ask his offensive linemates, who support — OK, endure — Brown having no qualms about roaming the locker room in all his bare, barrel-chested glory.“Yeah, hey, whatever, right? He’s a good-looking guy,” backup offensive lineman Ted Karras said with a big smile. “I mean, this is the league of the biggest, baddest men and he has the distinction of being the biggest, which is pretty cool.“And, he plays to it and been doing a great job.”Brown has been a pleasant surprise this season for the Patriots, whose line has kept Tom Brady clean throughout the postseason — not allowing a single sack. Brown has been a big-time key Devin Singletary Jersey , literally and figuratively, as the protector of the five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s blind side.“I think Trent has just kind of fit into the system and progressed every week to be a better player,” offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia said. “He’s worked to be a better player every week. He wasn’t without skills. We got him and he was a guy who could move his feet. He’s long and certainly is athletic enough to play. And he’s big and he can knock people off the ball.”Solder, a big boy himself at 6-8 and 320 pounds, had the left tackle gig for seven seasons until he signed with the New York Giants last offseason as a free agent. Bill Belichick and the Patriots filled the void by swinging a deal during the draft, trading a third-round pick to San Francisco for Brown and a fifth-round selection.Brown immediately slid into the starting job at left tackle — despite playing on the right side his first three NFL seasons with the 49ers.“It’s worked out really well for us considering he hasn’t played much left tackle,” Scarnecchia said. “We put him there out of need and he’s really come through. Him coming through this week will be really important for us.”Mostly because the Patriots will be taking on a Los Angeles Rams defensive line that features Aaron Donald, who led the league with 20½ sacks, and the always-disruptive Ndamukong Suh and Dante Fowler.And, it won’t be just on Brown’s broad shoulders to keep Brady upright and clear holes for the running game trio of Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead. It’ll be a group effort with Andrews, left guard Joe Thuney, right guard Shaq Mason and right tackle Marcus Cannon.“The passing game starts with them, the running game starts with them,” Brady said. “Over the last four or five weeks, we’ve really been efficient at both of those at different times and different ways , and we’ve really needed it. We’re counting on those guys when we need it most and obviously going into this game against the best D-line in football is a big challenge — and that’s what these games are all about.”The line has been consistently good in pass protection this season as Brady was pressured on only 25.8 percent of his dropbacks, according to the analytics site Pro Football Focus. That ranks as the league’s third-lowest rate.“I love talking about them,” Brady said of his linemen, “so we could talk about them all night.”Along with fullback James Develin blasting open holes for the running backs, the Patriots’ O-line helped the running game ranked fifth in the league during the regular season. New England has also averaged 165.5 yards on the ground this postseason — second only to the Rams (175.0).Not bad for a mostly rag-tag bunch of offensive linemen who stand out more as a unit than as highly touted individuals, with not one first-rounder among them.Brown was a seventh-rounder by San Francisco in 2015, while Mason went in the fourth round. Andrews was an undrafted free agent that same year.Thuney came to New England as a third-round pick in 2016.Cannon is the veteran of the group, having joined the Patriots as a fifth-rounder in 2011. But he didn’t become a consistent starter until 2015.“They’re just a great group,” Brady said. “They work so well together. They’ve got the best O-line coach in history coaching them who holds those guys to such a high standard every day.“They’re the heart and soul of our offense.” ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Russell Wilson won a wild-card game with Seattle as a rookie, a Super Bowl in his second season and another NFC championship the third time around.The best Dak Prescott can hope for with the Dallas Cowboys is to join Wilson on that list of title winners in his third year, a quest that will start with the first playoff meeting of quarterbacks with quite a bit in common.Both were mid-round draft picks who became instant NFL success stories. The difference is that Prescott lost his first playoff game after guiding the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC two years ago, then had to wait two years for his second chance. It comes in a home wild-card game Saturday night.Article continues below ...“When you say success of a quarterback or a quarterback’s success depending on what they do in the playoffs, I think that’s where the checks are written and they make their money,” Prescott said. “Our job is to win no matter what happens, no matter how you played individually. At the end of the day Brian Burns Jersey , it’s to get the job done.”When Wilson finally missed the playoffs in his sixth season last year, the Seahawks were eliminated on the final weekend — after they bounced Prescott and the Cowboys from contention with a road win in Week 16.Seattle was 0-2 this year when the season turned on a 24-13 win over the visiting Cowboys (10-6), with the Seahawks following a familiar formula from their Super Bowl days: an efficient Wilson, strong running game and playmaking defense.The Seahawks (10-6) kept it up despite overhauling the roster, mostly notably dismantling key pieces of the “Legion of Boom” defense. An important exception has been linebacker Bobby Wagner, who was just selected an All-Pro for the fourth time in five seasons.“The great thing about this team is the fact that everybody was telling us we couldn’t,” Wilson said. “It shows the heart of this team and it shows the mindset of this team to be able to think the way that you want to think and the places that you want to go. To think big, to believe big.”Wilson was a third-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2012 and won the job in his first training camp. Prescott was drafted in the fourth round out of Mississippi State four years later and became the starter after preseason injuries to Tony Romo and backup Kellen Moore.In his first three years, Wilson won more games than any other NFL quarterback with 36. Prescott just finished tied for fifth on that list with 32. Two quarterbacks have an NFL-leading 24 games with at least a 100 passer rating in their first three seasons: Wilson and Prescott.Now it’s time for their third — and most meaningful — meeting, with Prescott looking to beat Wilson for the first time.“Dak had a phenomenal year to get started and get rolling and has just been solid since,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “I think it’s the dynamics of the mobility that when you add that together, and of course they can both throw the ball way down the field. You’ve got the same kind of problems.”RUN FIRSTBoth teams figure to try to control the pace with their running games. Ezekiel Elliott just won the NFL rushing title for the second time in his three seasons, and Chris Carson heads a group of Seattle backs that led the NFL in rushing. The Cowboys were 10th, fueled by Elliott, and have had a top-10 defense most of the season led by pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence and young playmaking linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Dallas was fifth against the run.“We’re feeling great,” Elliott said. “I believe we have the best defense in football and a pretty good offense , a lot of weapons. I think we have the right recipe to make some noise.”WILD-CARD STREAKSeattle has won six straight wild-card games, a streak that started when Romo, a first-year starter and still the holder, flubbed the snap on a potential go-ahead field goal in the final two minutes of the Seahawks’ 21-20 home win during the 2006 season. Oddly enough during this streak, Seattle has lost every time in the divisional round.ORIGINAL LINEWith left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo listed as doubtful because of an ankle injury, the Cowboys are likely to have this season’s original starting offensive line before Su’a-Filo replaced injured rookie Connor Williams and kept the job.The starters are left tackle Tyron Smith, Williams, center Joe Looney, All-Pro right guard Zack Martin and right tackle La’el Collins. Looney has filled in all year for four-time Pro Bowler Travis Frederick, who was diagnosed with a nerve disorder during the preseason.SETTLED IN WEEK 3The Seahawks settled their offensive line in the first Dallas meeting with their best rushing game to that point. A key addition was right guard D.J. Fluker, who sat out Week 17 to nurse a nagging hamstring injury but will play. Left guard J.R. Sweezy is questionable with a sprained foot.Both teams have had issues protecting their mobile quarterbacks. Prescott (56 sacks) and Wilson (51) were among the four QBs dropped at least 50 times this season.
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