Bill Belichick's Terrible Coaching Decisions Cost The Patriots A Win Against The Colts

Somehow, Bill Belichick Became The Second Coming Of Grady Little

11/16/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Alright, I'll say it. As a Patriots fan, I'm understandably crushed right now. The Patriots had the Colts on the ropes. Not once, but several times. Yet they still found a way to let the game slip away.

The Patriots were winning by 10 at the half, and even had a 17-point lead early in the 4th quarter. Yet somehow, the Patriots managed to allow Peyton Manning and the Colts to score 21 points in the last 12:14, and threw the game away.

The most shocking part of the game was the play calling from Bill Belichick. Over the course of his coaching career with the Patriots, he has been the single greatest coach in the NFL. Yet in this game, he morphed into an amateur. He was conservative when he should have been going for the jugular, and then in the one moment where he should have been conservative, he went for the ballsiest (yet stupid) play call of the year. If Belichick was a terrible coach, this would have been understandable. But being the legend that he is, it makes it even more ridiculous.

Once the Patriots got the lead, they stopped attacking the Colts' secondary, which Tom Brady had been shredding all night. Despite knowing that the Colts were capable of putting up points extremely quickly, Belichick and the Patriots treated them like the game was over, and the Colts couldn't come back. Obviously, they couldn't be further from the truth.

Even worse, Belichick's conservative play calling went out the window, the one time it would have been the most appropriate. On 4th and 2 at their own 28 yard line with 2:08 remaining in the game, Belichick elected to go for it, instead of punting to the Colts and giving Peyton Manning a longer field to work with.

The 4th down call was bad, but it wasn't even the worst part of it all for the Patriots. If Kevin Faulk hadn't bobbled the ball before reigning it in, perhaps they could have gotten the first down, and it would have been the perfect call. But the fact is that the Patriots had been playing far too conservatively throughout the entire 4th quarter.

Laurence Maroney's fumble on the 1-yard line, Tom Brady's interception in the end zone, the conservative play calling, the ultra-ballsy call on 4th down... all of these things contributed to a loss in what could have been a great statement game for the Patriots. Instead, they're walking away with one of the most heartbreaking regular season losses in recent history. Hopefully the team can shake it off and continue to prepare for the playoffs. With a win next week against the Jets, the division will be all but wrapped up. Just don't let this happen in the playoffs, they could be alright.

On that note, it's time to forget this game forever.
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11/18/09   |   Shyne_IV   |   22 respect

Joe_L wrote:
That's hilarious, why go in public?

 He went in public because he wants us to know LOL

11/17/09   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Shyne_IV wrote:
Go to this link http://hubpages.com/hub/Shynes-Week-5-NFL-Rankings and scroll to the middle of the page. Tell me if that doesn't confirm my theory LOL

That's hilarious, why go in public?

11/17/09   |   Shyne_IV   |   22 respect

Pat wrote:
Pure genius.

Go to this link http://hubpages.com/hub/Shynes-Week-5-NFL-Rankings and scroll to the middle of the page. Tell me if that doesn't confirm my theory LOL

11/17/09   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Shyne_IV wrote:
I've been saying it for weeks: JaMarcus Russell chose the wrong profession. He should have been a pimp. Seriously. With his size, the other pimps in the Bay Area wouldn't stand a chance against him. Once his contract runs out, watch him become the main attraction on the streets.....

Pure genius.

11/17/09   |   Shyne_IV   |   22 respect

Pat wrote:
Actually, we still don't know what it feels like to be Raiders fans. That would just be an entirely different level of suck that the Patriots might never reach.

You might be tired of hearing about Tom Brady, but that's only because you're jealous. I will NEVER get sick of hearing about JaMarcus Russell... because it's hilarious how terrible he is.

I've been saying it for weeks: JaMarcus Russell chose the wrong profession. He should have been a pimp. Seriously. With his size, the other pimps in the Bay Area wouldn't stand a chance against him. Once his contract runs out, watch him become the main attraction on the streets.....

11/17/09   |   Indysweety_Lola   |   105 respect

Okay, will you all just admit that the mistake here is that Bill didn't believe in his defense, EVEN THOUGH THEY INTERCEPTED TWICE AND STOPPED INDY TO A POINT WHERE THEY HAD TO PUNT 7 TIMES. Did you get that? 7 TIMES! And everyone was afraid of one person, #18. Yes, in my eyes, and most others, he's better than #12, Mr. Brady. You take away Welker and Moss and whattya got? A team that'll trip over it's own feet. Mr. Manning's had Marivn Harrison, NOT ANYMORE! Had to make a connection with 2 new rookies on offense, AND IT'S WORKING FOR HIM! And even has Tony Dungy...oh wait, NOT ANYMORE! And whattya got? A team that's 9-0 and basically clinched the AFC South. Agree? Disagree? Gimme some feedbacks

11/17/09   |   Indysweety_Lola   |   105 respect

Alright, will you please admit that Bill had no trust in his defense, THOUGH THEY INTERCEPTED TWICE AND HELD THE COLTS BACK TO A POINT WHERE THEY HAD TO PUNT 7 TIMES!! And admit that the Pats were nervous from one person, #18. Because we all know that he's better than #12, Mr. Brady. Take away Welker and Moss and what do you have? Nothing. A team that'll fall over their own feet. Mr. Manning has had Marvin Harrison taken away, couldn't pass to Dallas the whole game, has about 4 new rookies on the team, and even a new head coach and what do you got? A team that is currently 9-0 and basically at this point clinched the AFC South. Look at it that way and reply with your comments.

11/17/09   |   Indysweety_Lola   |   105 respect

Okay I don't know if any of you wil honestly consider my words since I'm a colts fan, but even if they did punt it, the chances of Peyton leading the offense down to score were better than if they had gotten the conversion on 4th&2. Patriots were SUPPOSED to get that conversion, it's what they do. They should have ran it because Colts defense (unfortunately) is not good at stopping the running game. But instead they passed. And so I don't think it's anyones fault--it's just that the Colts had a 50  50 chance either way.

11/16/09   |   Bashfulblue   |   7 respect

Old Bill must have been scared of the #18

11/16/09   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Bill don't worry about it, Eric Mangini said he would have done the same thing in that situation, oh wait he never has or probably never will be in that scenario.

11/16/09   |   raiders1steve   |   10 respect

hey Pat,
The Patriots did suck for a time when owner Billy Sullivan owned them(but you weren't born yet)...at one point the Pats lost 18 straight to the Miami Dolphins.....then they beat the Dolphins in the 1985 Afc Championship game-i know i was there...even talked briefly to Craig James after the game....so EVERY team has cycles of good and bad....
   Belichek was pretty Arrogant in making that bonehead call and it cost the Pats home field adavantage during this season....the Road to the Afc championship now goes through INDY.....but its Not life or death!!!

11/16/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

I only saw the 1st quarter and last half of the 4th quarter because I thought the "rout was on."  That shot (the 1st picture above) of Belichick rubbing his face, says it all.  I'm not sure it means he doesn't trust his defense as much as it shows his respect for Manning.

11/16/09   |   raiders1steve   |   10 respect

(Edited by raiders1steve)

Nothing will Ever change in Oakland until Al Davis walks the plank for good....we as Raider fans are SCREWED!!! Can you all put me in the witness protection program after that comment?lmao...Raidersssss...yeah our team SUCKS...and you wonder why some wear facepaint-they don't want to be recognized....we throw one H@ll of a tailgate...that and the cheerleaders is ALL we have.....

11/16/09   |   raiders1steve   |   10 respect

I'm Sorry that The Lions had Matt Millen as their GM for so long....figures he was a RAIDER and ya'll literally got screwed..nuff SAID HUH?.....you know its bad when Ex Raider coach Tom Flores(last year in the falcons game at home) comments that the Raider highlight of that game was the TWO minute warning....lmao...

11/16/09   |   davejames   |   4 respect

raiders1steve wrote:
pat, what about your Bruins and celtics-they CHOKED and were OUT of the playoffs last year in the SAME week! Get a LIFE dude!! Pats won;t win a super bowl this year....sure my raiders suck ill be the FIRST to admit that....stop living in a DREAM world Pat your lil Cheatriots dynasty is OVERRRRRR.......lmao....how about those NY Yankees.....?BOSOX couldn;t even win their division....life is GREAT!!:O)

There's just something pitiful about a Faiders fan talking smack to anyone that isn't a Lions fan.

11/16/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

wrote:
LOL!  Yea, that was another one.....  At least with that one I can understand that he was playing for the field goal--and gave his defense more to defend.

Anyone else remember other bone-headed coaching calls?  This could be a fun segue to the thread.--remembering pinnacle coaching blunders.

Can we classify the whole Charlie Weis experiment as a coaching blunder?

11/16/09   |   raiders1steve   |   10 respect

(Edited by raiders1steve)

hey pat,
Just for the record i don;t dress up like those IDIOT raider fans that think EVERY Day is Halloween.....sure i casually root for the A's but living in Texas i'm usually asleep when their west coast/left coast games are OVER!! I go to the A's website to see how they are doing-almost daily....as for the Warriors I'm not a NBA fan at all-many reasons-no defense,games drag on to long, you name it...as for hockey i'm a Houston Aeros fan-sure we are triple A for the Minnesota Wolves so i don;t dislike the Sharks....just don;t follow them or the Warriors....
    Yes i will still go watch the Raiders play at Molly's pub on sundays but i am working two jobs so i haven;t watched them as much lately...but i am Still a fan...
   As far as jamarcus Russell-i was hoping the Raiders would draft him...they did-big arm...but then he has turned into the Worst Draft pick in Raiders history and is another Ryan Leaf...then i heard reports about how LAZY Ja Marcus is and everything else....so we are STUCK with his Sorry A@@...hope the Raiders just pay him off but Al is CHEAP....JaMarcus biggest problem is what's between his ears and his Pathetic work ethic...and a FAT contract....Raiders will have to draft a Competant qb....Raiders getting their tails kicked against the Texans recently and JaMarcus is smiling, laughing and joking on the sidelines....and i dropped 80 bucks to watch him play like SH@T?-what a WASTE of a Sunday afternoon....talked to another Raider fan at the game-made the butt kicking i watched not as bad...
   Sure their are some IDIOT Raider fans(all Painted up) and i call it like i see it....they look like a JOKE...so the cheap shots ya'll make at them is DESERVED.....
  Yes some of Us Raider fans live in the past-Dave Casper/Kenny Stabler-and i will be the FIRST to admit it will NEVER happen during the JaMarcus watch....The LOW point of the season was losing 7 straight to the Chiefs at home....that was a tough loss for me....
    I'll be at the Raiders vs Cowboys game on thanksgiving and the Raiders are TURKEYS....and i paid way more than face value for the ticket(first thanksgiving game in the new stadium-turkey day cowboys game HOTTEST ticket EVERY year)..still a fan...still my team!!!I have the passion for the Raiders Pat like you do for the Patriots.....of course i'd never tell those Riader fans/ CLOWNS in paint they are IDIOTS are you kidding me...lol.....
   

11/16/09   |   zzj000   |   388 respect

A few points.....
This was a game of two halfs with the Patriots getting the better of the Colts in the first half by taking advantage of the Colts linebackers being to close to the line of scrimmage and getting unexpected pressure on Manning while limiting the pressure on Brady. However in the second half it was completely reversed with constant pressure on Brady while the Colts began to move the ball at will on a wilting Pats defense.
As far as the decision to go for it on 4th down (up 6 pts and inside your own 30) was as I have said and many agree was the DUMBEST coaching decision I have ever seen. Would it have made a difference in the ultimate outcome of the game?   Probably NOT, but as a coach, you have to play the percentages in that instance and punt the ball. The Colts were moving the ball with extreme ease on a very tired and confussed defense in the 4th quarter and most likely would have went down the field and scored .... HOWEVER, this is the NFL and tipped passes and fumbles and sacks DO occur. The odds would say that if the Pats punt, then the Colts would have had to run more plays to score from 70 yds away than they did from 29... thus giving the Pats more opportunities at an INT or Fumble or Dropped Pass or a SACK or a whole host of possible scenarios. That without question should have been Belichik's ONLY decision.
AGAIN do I think the Colts would have scored to win the game in the final 2:00 minutes..... Most likely. But thanks to the worst coaching decision I have ever seen, we will never know.

11/16/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

wrote:
All rationalizations and denials aside, that was the dumbest coaching decision of the decade.....

Of course, there's still the rest of the season for that to change, but not even Vegas will lay odds on that changing.

It was a dumb decision, but is it worse than Marty Morningwheg taking the wind instead of the ball in overtime?

http://www.footballcommentary.com/wind.htm

11/16/09   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

whenever i play madden (08 and under) belichick has retired by now. i think his time could be coming to an end, he's burnt out.

11/16/09   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

just look on the bright side Pat - we host you guys in 2 weeks - and the way were playing of late, you guys should have a pretty easy go at it.

11/16/09   |   dollie13   |   5 respect

I am so disappointed in the 4th quarter of the game. Bill really was not thinking right. The Patriots will play the rest of their games with much more intent to win . Bill will not make another mistake like this. The Colts will fall.

11/16/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1155 respect

Shyne_IV wrote:
 As a Colts fan, I watched the game from a different perspective, but I actually feel as though New England should have won this game. With that said, no one really likes moral victories, but the Moss-Brady combo seems to be in a groove now. I get nervous whenever Colts and Pats play, but I know to expect some great football because it's the marquee match up of the NFL. The "consolation" if you will though is that New England will be hosting the Jets next week in a game I've been waiting since Week 2 (NE lost against NYJ). I want the Pats to spank the hell out of Rex "talk a big game when we win and shrink in the spotlight when we lose" Ryan's Jets. Know this: We should meet again at some point in the postseason....

11-5/10-6 and 1 playoff win, and this will likely be the state of affairs until the talent turnover from the previous championship run is complete; however since you have very solid and prepared front office and coaching staff they know how to rebuild on the fly sadly 90% of the franchises out there can't say that.

11/16/09   |   DarkSexy   |   56 respect

hhardesty wrote:
AS A PATROITS FAN, I SO WANTED THE COLTS TO LOSE. SOME TEAM WILL BREAK THE COLTS UNDEFEATED RECORD!

HHardesty I am sorry to say the Patriots did not break that winning records. lol

11/16/09   |   hhardesty   |   2 respect

I AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT!!

11/16/09   |   hhardesty   |   2 respect

I AGREE WITH YOU. THE COLTS WERE LUCKY. I BELIEVE ALL THE THE GAMES COLTS HAVE PLAYED SO FAR HAVE BEEN VERY VERY CLOSE!  I DON'T BELIEVE THEY WILL GO UNDEFEATED, I MAY BE WRONG.

11/16/09   |   jerryyelverton   |   165 respect

That 4th down call was not the first bad decision Belichick ever made, and won't be the last.  Being one of the greatest coaches of all time does not make you perfect.
If the ball hadn't been juggled, they would have made the first down. And everyone would be talking about how "gutsy", "ballsy", "smart", etc. Belichick was.

Great game between two great teams.

11/16/09   |   hhardesty   |   2 respect

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
High risk/high reward on that one - if it fails, you look like an idiot but if it works, you're a hero. No gray area at all in there. It was ballsy and I almost understand it considering Patriots allowed Manning & Co. to move the ball down the field for 6 in less than 2 minutes twice in the second half (may have been three times, can't remember) and Sweet Bill just wanted to take it out of the defense's lackluster hands, Just move the ball six feet and then bring out the victory formation. What a heartbreaker. as a Texans fan, I really needed the Colts to lose this one

AS A PATROITS FAN, I SO WANTED THE COLTS TO LOSE. SOME TEAM WILL BREAK THE COLTS UNDEFEATED RECORD!

11/16/09   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

raiders1steve wrote:
pat, what about your Bruins and celtics-they CHOKED and were OUT of the playoffs last year in the SAME week! Get a LIFE dude!! Pats won;t win a super bowl this year....sure my raiders suck ill be the FIRST to admit that....stop living in a DREAM world Pat your lil Cheatriots dynasty is OVERRRRRR.......lmao....how about those NY Yankees.....?BOSOX couldn;t even win their division....life is GREAT!!:O)

Every single Boston team is better than every single one of your teams. Take your pissing match elsewhere. If the Raiders fan base wasn't already embarrassing enough, you'd be embarrassing yourself. But I suppose it's just par for the course, huh.

Try to keep the conversation on track. Act your age, not your shoe size, and all that good stuff. Thanks, big guy.

11/16/09   |   DarkSexy   |   56 respect

You never give up when you are playing Colts.  You have a quarter back that call his own plays now that is great.  He is a Hell of a quarter back no matter what. The defense is great and offense.  I can see the Colts winning the superbowl again.

11/16/09   |   hhardesty   |   2 respect

Pat wrote:
Indeed. I have a funny feeling that the Patriots are going to take out a lot of frustration on the Jets next week, and it could get very ugly. Home game, looking for a rebound as well as some revenge for their loss earlier in the year... Especially with the way the Jets have played lately, this one could be a blowout.

I HOPE SO!

11/16/09   |   hhardesty   |   2 respect

Shyne_IV wrote:
 As a Colts fan, I watched the game from a different perspective, but I actually feel as though New England should have won this game. With that said, no one really likes moral victories, but the Moss-Brady combo seems to be in a groove now. I get nervous whenever Colts and Pats play, but I know to expect some great football because it's the marquee match up of the NFL. The "consolation" if you will though is that New England will be hosting the Jets next week in a game I've been waiting since Week 2 (NE lost against NYJ). I want the Pats to spank the hell out of Rex "talk a big game when we win and shrink in the spotlight when we lose" Ryan's Jets. Know this: We should meet again at some point in the postseason....

I AM A FAN OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATROITS, AND I AGREE WITH YOU 100%. WHEN THE COLTS AREN'T PLAYING THE PATROITS, I PULL FOR THE COLTS. THE COLTS WAS MY HUSBAND'S FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAM. AFTER HE PASSED AWAY AT A YOUNG AGE OF 55, I STILL PULL FOR THE COLTS WHEN THEY ARE PLAYING  OTHER TEAMS EXCEPT MINE..

11/16/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

You would think Belicheck, woulda coulda shoulda, second guessed himself ? Yep!

11/16/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

raiders1steve wrote:
pat, what about your Bruins and celtics-they CHOKED and were OUT of the playoffs last year in the SAME week! Get a LIFE dude!! Pats won;t win a super bowl this year....sure my raiders suck ill be the FIRST to admit that....stop living in a DREAM world Pat your lil Cheatriots dynasty is OVERRRRRR.......lmao....how about those NY Yankees.....?BOSOX couldn;t even win their division....life is GREAT!!:O)

I can CAPITIALIZEEEE random words in a sentence TOO to attempt to make a POINT that hardly makes any sense at all.

Dude, it's one loss in a 16-game season where the team is in a division that is easily winnable at this point. They played an 8-0 team (at home) better than anyone has in the regular season in over two seasons. They'll probably play each other again in the playoffs, and it will probably be another spectacular, close game. How does that make it mean that a team that cheated back in 2007 (and most likely prior to that) mean that this team is now terrible and their Brady/Belichick era of very, very goodfootball teams, with 3 Super Bowl rings, is now over?

Also, what in the hell does a Patriots "dynasty" have to do with the Bruins, Celtics, BoSox, and Yankees? Stick to one argument and actually show enough intelligence to where you don't have to jump from sport to sport to attempt to nit-pick at looking for a way to trash talk another sports fan.

Life is GREAT?? Your team is sitting with a quarterback who just got benched again after throwing for a grand total of 67 yards yesterday and lost to my Kansas City Chiefs who are obviously sitting at a pretty low level of competence with you. Bask in the glow of someone else's glory much? Try rooting for a team sometime rather than hating others.

11/16/09   |   nortonsfury   |   130 respect

 any other team in the nfl in that position puts the ball on the ground to eat up the clock.  what do the pats do? go to the air causing the colts not to have to use one single timeout.  why?  because lawrence maroney is not the kind of back that could eat up any clock.  the patriot running game has been pathetic since corey dillon left.  the attack is unbalanced and in crunch time cant deliver the final blow.  until they address the running game then they will continue to suffer and lose close games at the end

11/16/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

raiders1steve wrote:
pat, what about your Bruins and celtics-they CHOKED and were OUT of the playoffs last year in the SAME week! Get a LIFE dude!! Pats won;t win a super bowl this year....sure my raiders suck ill be the FIRST to admit that....stop living in a DREAM world Pat your lil Cheatriots dynasty is OVERRRRRR.......lmao....how about those NY Yankees.....?BOSOX couldn;t even win their division....life is GREAT!!:O)

I'm not a Bruins fan by any stretch of the imagination, but how can you call them choke artists when your Sharks choke more than Jenna Jameson did in the early 2000's?

11/16/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

CalBoomer wrote:
Pride goeth before a fall. Just another case of arrogance getting its just reward.

I'm really lost in anyone calling this 4th and 2 play "arrogant". Defense was showing in those past 12 minutes that they weren't going to stop Peyton at any point, so why not try and win it there and getting a first? Now because of where they were on the field, it's definitely "gutsy" without calling it just plain dumb or idiotic, but I wasn't sensing any arrogance in it at all.

11/16/09   |   raiders1steve   |   10 respect

pat, what about your Bruins and celtics-they CHOKED and were OUT of the playoffs last year in the SAME week! Get a LIFE dude!! Pats won;t win a super bowl this year....sure my raiders suck ill be the FIRST to admit that....stop living in a DREAM world Pat your lil Cheatriots dynasty is OVERRRRRR.......lmao....how about those NY Yankees.....?BOSOX couldn;t even win their division....life is GREAT!!:O)

11/16/09   |   ms_hippie_queen   |   28970 respect

(Edited by ms_hippie_queen)

High risk/high reward on that one - if it fails, you look like an idiot but if it works, you're a hero. No gray area at all in there. It was ballsy and I almost understand it considering Patriots allowed Manning & Co. to move the ball down the field for 6 in less than 2 minutes twice in the second half (may have been three times, can't remember) and Sweet Bill just wanted to take it out of the defense's lackluster hands, Just move the ball six feet and then bring out the victory formation. What a heartbreaker. as a Texans fan, I really needed the Colts to lose this one

11/16/09   |   redberrydestin   |   106 respect

What a dumb@$$!!

11/16/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Pat wrote:
Actually, we still don't know what it feels like to be Raiders fans. That would just be an entirely different level of suck that the Patriots might never reach.

You might be tired of hearing about Tom Brady, but that's only because you're jealous. I will NEVER get sick of hearing about JaMarcus Russell... because it's hilarious how terrible he is.

"JaMarcus is a great player. Get over it."

11/16/09   |   DarkSexy   |   56 respect

ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COLTS.  THAT PAYTON MANNING IS OFF THE CHAIN

11/16/09   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

raiders1steve wrote:
     Way to go Cheatriots...you BLEW a 17 point lead....it was GREAT seeing Belichek have a MELTDOWN on the sidelines...when the Colts scored the go ahead td at the end of the game...the WHOLE bar went BONKERS...we are Sick of cheating Belichek and TIRED of hearing about Tom Terrific Brady...their DYNASTY is officially OVER.....now Boston fans  you know how the rest of the nfl fans feel....welcome back to Reality......

Actually, we still don't know what it feels like to be Raiders fans. That would just be an entirely different level of suck that the Patriots might never reach.

You might be tired of hearing about Tom Brady, but that's only because you're jealous. I will NEVER get sick of hearing about JaMarcus Russell... because it's hilarious how terrible he is.

11/16/09   |   raiders1steve   |   10 respect

(Edited by raiders1steve)

     Way to go Cheatriots...you BLEW a 17 point lead....it was GREAT seeing Belichek have a MELTDOWN on the sidelines...when the Colts scored the go ahead td at the end of the game...the WHOLE bar went BONKERS...we are Sick of cheating Belichek and TIRED of hearing about Tom Terrific Brady...their DYNASTY is officially OVER.....now Boston fans  you know how the rest of the nfl fans feel....welcome back to Reality......

11/16/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

The Pats will be just fine...they should roll everyone after this. I like the Colts but that was a lucky win on their part. Not taking away from what Manning did - but that was lucky.

11/16/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

I realize the Colts went down the field twice with ease on their two previous possessions prior to the gutsy call to go for it on 4th down, but you have to play the odds and punt the ball.  Looks like Belichick outsmarted himself last night which is very rare for him. 

11/16/09   |   Poli_   |   93 respect

 awwww shoot, nothing like smug Colt fans...oh wait that was us a few years back - hope they can beat 18-1!

11/16/09   |   CalBoomer   |   43 respect

Pride goeth before a fall. Just another case of arrogance getting its just reward.

11/16/09   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Shyne_IV wrote:
 As a Colts fan, I watched the game from a different perspective, but I actually feel as though New England should have won this game. With that said, no one really likes moral victories, but the Moss-Brady combo seems to be in a groove now. I get nervous whenever Colts and Pats play, but I know to expect some great football because it's the marquee match up of the NFL. The "consolation" if you will though is that New England will be hosting the Jets next week in a game I've been waiting since Week 2 (NE lost against NYJ). I want the Pats to spank the hell out of Rex "talk a big game when we win and shrink in the spotlight when we lose" Ryan's Jets. Know this: We should meet again at some point in the postseason....

Indeed. I have a funny feeling that the Patriots are going to take out a lot of frustration on the Jets next week, and it could get very ugly. Home game, looking for a rebound as well as some revenge for their loss earlier in the year... Especially with the way the Jets have played lately, this one could be a blowout.

11/16/09   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
You know, I noticed in the post game press conference that Belichick said that he trusted his team as to why he went for it. Well he didn't seem to trust his defense or special teams or else he would have punted it.

Bingo. He trusted his offense, but he obviously had no trust whatsoever in the rest of his team, and they responded accordingly. I don't understand how anyone could justify making it that easy for someone like Peyton Manning. Once they failed on that 4th down, was there any doubt whatsoever that the Colts were going to score? I think not.

11/16/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

You know, I noticed in the post game press conference that Belichick said that he trusted his team as to why he went for it. Well he didn't seem to trust his defense or special teams or else he would have punted it.

11/16/09   |   Shyne_IV   |   22 respect

 As a Colts fan, I watched the game from a different perspective, but I actually feel as though New England should have won this game. With that said, no one really likes moral victories, but the Moss-Brady combo seems to be in a groove now. I get nervous whenever Colts and Pats play, but I know to expect some great football because it's the marquee match up of the NFL. The "consolation" if you will though is that New England will be hosting the Jets next week in a game I've been waiting since Week 2 (NE lost against NYJ). I want the Pats to spank the hell out of Rex "talk a big game when we win and shrink in the spotlight when we lose" Ryan's Jets. Know this: We should meet again at some point in the postseason....

11/16/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

They blew their timeouts too in the second half.  That's the type of game that gets a no name head coach fired. 

11/16/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

Poor, poor Pat....