Re: The Way I See It
posted at 2/6/2012 10:29 AM EST
I think this loss was a microcosm of the season: Brady's gaudy stats eclipsed the fact that Brady has made some very bad decisions to throw long or at all when the right play was a little dink or a run. And, as I wrote before this game, Brady is a HOT -n- COLD player. Has been for years, now.
The intentional grounding was the correct call. That set the tone for the whole game. I really think that is when the Pats lost. But the pass to Gronk reaffirmed that Brady has a propensity to make bad plays under pressure or for lack of desperation. (Or do I mean, "impatience?)
I didn't want to be a Debbie Downer leading up to the game, so I made a 30-20 prediction for a Pats win. But secretly, I had a feeling they would lose, despite MHK and all. I thought Brady would get crushed by the pass rush, but that really didn't play-out. But he did make the BIG MISTAKES at key junctures to set the team up for losing.
As for the Welker drop? That is not fair. He had hands on it, but it would have been a surprising catch, even for him.
To me, the key drop was the last pass to Branch. It was right to him and he only had to beat one defender to the EZ. It was inexcusable on his part.
Despite the one huge mistake of 12-men, the D played very, very well. Like you have been claiming all season, they are better than their stats. The O put them in horrible situations, and yet they only yielded a modicum of points, especially considering 4 of them were intentional. They were all after the ball. The ball just didn't bounce their way.
As for the coaching, shame on them for playing Gronk and barely playing Chad. Chad had the best catch of the game, then they filed him away. What a waste. Also, why did they virtually retire Woodhead when he was make play-after-play? He should have been and would have been the MVP if they had continued to use him. Same with Green-Elllis. And I hate that they cut Underwood the night before the game., There are some things you just don't do and that was one of them. Yet another impactful coaching blunder in their last four post-season losses.
Now this is directed at Z: Still don't think the ground game is needed to win the big, tough games? This game underscored how a run game wins the game. The Giants were able to run, which opened their passing, and continued to do so throughout the game in key situations. They won. The Pats were able to run, but decided to pass more as the game progressed, and especially when they needed to run most, on their next-to-last possession, and the Pats lost. Go ahead, whip out your stats. You will still be wrong. Four Pats post season losses and in all four, they either were running well and abandoned it (to pad Brady's stats?), or they started to run too late and time ran down. They continue to abandon the fundamental rule that you rn the ball to control the game and the clock. I am amazed the D held p as well as they did, considering.