Re: R.I.P. 2009 Season
posted at 11/16/2009 12:55 PM EST
In Response to R.I.P. 2009 Season
[QUOTE]Accomplishments from last night: 1) The Pats just clinched Indy getting home field throughout the playoffs. 2) The Pats proved they can't beat the Colts in Indy. 3) The Pats haven't beaten a top tier NFL team since 2007. We only beat the dregs of the NFL. 4) Belichick admitted on national TV that his defense is completely useless.
Posted by John413[/QUOTE]
1. Yes Indy probably clinched. They're still a good team, and they still live in a bunny patch this year.
2. The Pats proved that they could get 17 points up on Indy early in the fourth quarter. What this one game proved is that the prevent (which has worked time and time again in the past 9 years for the Patriots) is vulnerable when facing Peyton Manning.
That one fourth down play that would have clinched the game was not Brady's fault - he delivered the ball beyond the first down marker to a reliable receiver - who caught the ball but who bobbled it for a second. This is not exactly the proof of Indy's virility that Indy fans would want. That makes two games in a row that Indy has pulled out, on random chance.
3. Depends on your definition of a top tier team. There are rapidly aging top tier teams who have nice laurels. The Patriots don't play Pittsburgh this year. Then there are teams that may not be top tier simply because the Patriots beat them.
4. Yes it was useless, last night, with all the injuries, and against Peyton Manning, late in the fourth quarter. But that was also an admission that the Colts defense is absolutely useless in a fourth down situation, with all the injuries, worn down late in the fourth quarter against Brady, and in fact the Colts defense proved to be pretty much useless on that fourth down play.
I compile statistics based not on whether teams win end-of-game gambles, but on whether they flat-out score more points when both teams are trying to just score points. If Indy and New England played a rematch in January, my spreadsheet would still take the Patriots in Indy by 0.4 points.