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Julian Edelman hasn't seen game action in three weeks, so naturally, he may be a bit rusty. But have no fear, Jules, Tom Brady is here.

The two have been working together after practice for about a week and a half now to re-establish a rapport that hopefully translates to success on the field.

Edelman caught a team-high 92 passes before a concussion KO'd him for the final two regular season games. Per Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com:

“We’ve been practicing the last week and a half or something; I know Tom a little bit here now, these last few years. He knows me. There’s a foundation,” Edelman relayed in his first remarks to the press since Dec. 14 following a victory over the Dolphins. "But even if whatever happened didn’t happen, we still have to continue to try to get better. That’s what we’re trying to do -- staying after, throwing a couple extra routes, bouncing ideas off each other. Like any other week, I guess, but the stakes are a little higher.”

Edelman's return couldn't come at a better time, as the Patriots struggled to put up points in the two games they played without him. They scored 17 and nine points respectively, and with Edelman being such an integral part of what the Patriots do on offense, a spike in points this week can and should be expected.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Edelman also discussed the rivalry New England has with its first playoff opponent, the Baltimore Ravens.

“These guys are going to bring it,” he said. “Everyone thinks we hate them, but these are the types of games where it’s cold, it’s a battle, and you like competing against the Baltimore Ravens because you know they’re a good team.”

Also aiding the Patriots' cause will be the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was held out of the season finale against the Buffalo Bill for precautionary reasons.

It goes without saying, but both players should be heavily relied on for this game and going forward, should the Patriots advance. As many know, the Ravens have had recent success at Gillette Stadium. They won the 2009 Wild Card Game match up 33-14, and the 2012 AFC Championship Game, 28-13.

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Jesse Gaunce 1/08/2015 09:25:00 AM Edit
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