The same Strahan and Umenyiora that combined for 22 sacks in the regular season yet didn't manage one against a Patriots offensive line that was missing 2/5ths of their starters? That Strahan and Umenyiora? Yeah, I'm sure Brady's shaking in his boots (no pun intended).
As for Merriman, I didn't know it was the quarterback's job to take on linebackers. You've definitely taught me a lot about football the last few days. I look forward to more of your infinite wisdom. Besides, Merriman was a non-factor in the AFC Championship game anyways.