Sunday's loss in Buffalo was as shocking as it was disappointing for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was that it was rather needless. The Patriots were in control with a 21-point lead before turnovers and sloppy play ultimately did them in.
While it's pretty clear to see the four interceptions thrown by
With 13 minutes left in the game and New England holding a 24-17 lead, the offense took over at its own 46. To that point the running game had been largely an afterthought, and when it was used it hadn't been all that successful. But offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien showed great timing when he unveiled a trick play that sprung
But instead O'Brien had Brady take a shot, and the results were disastrous. The quarterback tried to force one down the seam to
At that stage of the game it could be argued that a field goal was every bit as valuable as a touchdown would have been. Three runs would have melted two more minutes off the clock, and
It was a questionable decision by the coaching staff to throw the ball deep and a questionable decision by the quarterback to make a high-risk throw in a situation where he was already well within field-goal range. Why not keep running the ball, particularly against a weak run defense, and take your chances protecting a two-score lead late in the fourth quarter?
It's easy to say interceptions killed the Patriots on Sunday, but this was one the coaching staff surely would like to have back. Up 10 or 14 at that stage really wouldn't have made much of a difference.
Second guess? You bet, and that's what Take Two-sday is all about!
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