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Defenses set to dominate

ESPN analyst Joe Theismann breaks down the defenses of the Panthers and Patriots.

Updated: January 28, 2004, 5:58 PM ET
By Joe Theismann | Special to ESPN.com

The year's Super Bowl matchup features two teams with incredibly tough defenses. The New England Patriots feature a defense that only allowed 89.6 rushing yards per game (No. 4 in the NFL) and 14.9 points per game (No. 1). Meanwhile, the Panthers defense has given up 187.7 passing yards per game (No. 9) and 19 points per game (No. 10). But as ferocious as both teams are, they are dominant in different ways. While the Panthers rely on their front four to bring pressure and force mistakes, the Pats ...

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