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Brady, Romo save best for best competition

In his magical 2007 season, Tom Brady did his best work against elite competition. Who else rose to the occasion in big games? KC Joyner examines.

Originally Published: September 2, 2008
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
There is a classic John Madden quote that goes like this: "Big players make big plays in big games." One of the natural corollaries of that saying is the best players are able to beat the best competition on a consistent basis.

So which NFL players were able to do this the most in 2007? To answer that question, I set up a series of studies designed to measure performance against upper-echelon competition at the four skill positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver and cornerback.

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