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There will always be some nerves in a high-pressure Super Bowl environment, but, for the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, there is comfort in knowing they have the IBM on their side. It is one of the most powerful weapons in all of football.
"The IBM," as nicknamed by offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, is Brady's brain and the remarkable amount of football data it can store from 12 years in the NFL.
Brady's internal database -- and his ability to tap it quickly so it can benefit the Patriots -- is an advantage few in the NFL can match. It should be a big part of Super Bowl XLVI as both teams make all-important in-game adjustments.
To O'Brien, this, perhaps more than anything else, is what makes Brady special.
"I relate it to a pro golfer," said O'Brien, who has worked more closely with Brady than anyone else the past three seasons. "Pro golfers, at the end of a tournament, they can remember every shot that they hit, what the lie was, what club they used. With Tom, he remembers every play that he's run in his whole career. ..."