WOW. what a game. i dont know how many times i've uttered those words today.
the first half was a joke boys. we did not come to play on offense. RBs couldn't hold the ball and the o-line didnt show either. the defense actually saved us by stopping Peyton from putting up 31 in the first half!
At halftime i had my little flip out, threw a couple things. threw off my jersey. then walked away, did a lap around the house. regrouped and said ok, we get the ball. all we need are quick scores and stops thats all.
and BANG we come out and play ball. TB w the wind in his face runs down the field on Denver throwing it all over. loving it. next thing you know we force turnovers, get stops and TB continues to lead us downfield and score. then only as peyton could, we are down 24-21 he can silence us with a TD drive and FIRST PLAY throws a pick (great play by Ryan though).
so skipping ahead here, i was GLAD that hightower was taken out in the second half, he seems to have no instincts, no speed and cannot diagnos plays. Fletcher did a great job making plays in his oppurtunities.
i thought the D-line, Jones and Vellano especially, played bad. they had no push all night. it seemed that they lost the battle at the line everytime. the sad thing too was denver ran the SAME run play to Moreno EVERY time. the HB Mid Draw is what they ran atleast 30 times to Moreno and the D-line couldnt get pressure and the LBs missed every hole it seemed.
i thought spikes played very solid. he obviously was not 100% but since hightower didnt show up he had to go out there and make plays in run.
Collins played great for the time he was in. 22 snaps- 10 tackles, thats telling. He was good. no negative plays on his part.
The Rooks Ryan and Harmon also had great games i thought. And of course Aqib Talib was the Island again. he SHUT down Thomas expect for 2 catches. just great. Need Talib to stay healthy over eveything. i wouldnt mind benching him some gsme to keep the hip calm.
In the end: Tom Brady was terrific. He turned into a gamer. Gronk and Edelman played great as well, making tight catches. Vereen was good as well he just needs to lose that cast and he'd be great! Tom put up 21 points in the wind. thats telling. this guy just shows up when he is needed in the big game. you knew he wasnt gonna let Peyton walk into his house and stroll to a W and not in that weather game. thats a TB weather game. He is just the best man.
But, another HUGE thing. Bill Belichick possibly coached his best game all year. He told PEyton to run the ball as Talib said 'we ran the 2 deep shell and made em run'. Yes the run D was horrendous but they played the ultimate bend dont break defense. BB may just be into Manning's head yet again. Manning was scared to throw. 48 RUNS! on a Peyton offense. great gameplan on D by BB. yes, they gave up yards but they got off the field on 3rd down! and of course the OT coin flip.... i flipped i thought that was a bad call at first but in the end it may have been the smartest move. it made peyton work with a longer field each time he had it. BB made a ballzee move and it paid off. he trust this defense because Talib and Ryan are monsters and they can get a rush at times. BB owned Peyton last night thats for sure hats off to you BB.
So, we needed a perfect second half and got it. It helps that our HOF QB/HC tandem was on their game in the second half. it also helped we FINALLY got a ball bounce our way in the end. this was the best regualrr season game i have ever witnessed and its even sweeter that it was agaisnt MAnning and the choke artist Welker. WHAT A GAME BOYS.