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  1. November 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm | | Reply

    Without a doubt – Bill’s surprising move at the end of the game was NOT the reason the Patriots lost. Maroney’s fumble was huge blow to the team. There is no excuse for that other then sloppy play. But did we lose the game on purpose? I have a really hard time believing that one.

  2. November 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm | | Reply

    I don’t think we lost on purpose, as much as Bill didn’t really care if we won or loss and instead wanted to see how they’d react.

    Basically his #1 goal was to learn and his #2 goal was to win.

    And what’s the lesson?

    If you give the Colts the ball on the 28 with two minutes left, let them score immediately, leaving time for a field goal drive. Playing defense at that point was, well, pointless.

    1. November 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm | | Reply

      Ah, but what if the team doesn’t score even if they are given an open field? MJD against the Jets, taking a knee at the one and running the clock down then kicking a game winning field goal so the Jets don’t get the ball back with time on the clock and a chance to score. I’m sure Peyton would tell his guys to do the same thing. He’s a pretty smart football player.

      Hopefully we will see them again in the AFC Championship (and not the Divisional round).

      1. November 17, 2009 at 2:14 am | | Reply

        Well, at the least we should’ve pushed Addai in instead of tackling him at the 1, that was the real bone headed play.

  3. November 16, 2009 at 9:54 pm | | Reply

    Thanks Josh for using my photo!

    I’ve been a Pats fan since childhood, my dad and his brothers had season tickets and I suffered through decades of bad play, bad ownership, bad traffic and a crappy stadium.

    My kids only know the ‘good’ Pats, the champions, the teams with classy players like Troy Brown and Tedy Bruschi, and all of that has come in large part courtesy of Coach Belichick.

    So as I sat there last night with my son, watching them blow a 17 point lead, have two turnovers in the end zone, etc. I knew we were doomed last night. I’m not quite ready to believe that BB lost on purpose, but I wouldn’t put anything past him.

    What I need more than anything is a blow out of the Jets, with the defense leading the way. Sacks, interceptions, pick sixes, that’s what this D needs to regain its mojo.

  4. Cheese4YourWhine
    November 17, 2009 at 5:24 am | | Reply

    Just accept the loss, BB’s arrogance influenced his decision making and therefore it backfired on him. When it is all said and done, Peyton and the Colts won. NE outplayed them for most of the game and should have finished them off but didn’t. This game may have further implications down the road and we’ll just have to wait see how much. I also disagree with your last reason. Do you really think BB would purposely lose a game of this magnitude, with more than likely homefield advantage in the playoffs on the line? I think he would take homefield advantage any day, plus there could be another loss down the road. You only do that when you know there is nothing else to lose. It’s also not a guarantee that they will meet again.

  5. Eddie
    November 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm | | Reply

    I don’t think that BB going for it was as big of a deal as everyone is making it out to be. The Defense was playing horrible in the 4th and they looked completely gassed. You know that if they converted that 4th down, everyone in the media would be going “Oh my god, BB is such a genius!”

    I feel that BB will sit down with the Defense this week, admit to them that he made a mistake, and they’ll go out and beat the Jets. The Patriots will be fine. Aside from the New Orleans Monday night game in two weeks, they have a very easy easy schedule and should cruise to the playoffs and a first round bye with a 12-4 record at worst.

  6. November 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm | | Reply

    While I don’t want to believe that #5 could be true, I accept that it is possible. After all, BB is like Darth Vader in a hoodie. It’s nice to see an article that doesn’t automatically say that BB lost the game. If the Pats had played mistake-free football, the game wouldn’t have come down to that (in hindsight) ridiculous call.

  7. November 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm | | Reply

    Interestingly enough, check out this article that shows the percentages of winning are higher for going for it on 4th and 2 than punting it!

    Honestly it makes sense. Punt the ball and watch the Colts drive down the field or convert then and run the clock out. Going for it doesn’t concern me. Not standing down on defense afterwards does.

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