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Why Pats have the mental edge

Tom Brady's encyclopedic football memory makes for quick in-game adjustments

Updated: February 3, 2012, 5:03 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- 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 ...

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