Why We Lost in the Super Bowl.
posted at 3/23/2012 6:20 PM EDT
I've been criticized by BassFishing (AKA Rusty) who accuses me of not contributing any substance to the forum. While this is not true, and I am a contributer to the forum, to appease him I will explain my thoughts on the undying question, "why did we lose the Super Bowl"?
Well, to begin, I don't think the issue is cut and dry, black and white. I don't think it's fair to say outright, "the defense lost the game" or "the offense lost the game".
The fact of the matter is that football is a team sport. You have 22 unbelievable athletes warring with each other for 60 minutes. When you win, you win as a team. When you lose, you lose as a team.
Basically where I'm going with this is that the TEAM lost.
If I remember correctly, the Giants fumbled the ball twice. Both times the ball bounced right into Giants' arms. That's just the luck of the draw. Unfortunately lady-luck was in New York's corner on that particular Sunday, and the ball bounced the other way. Nothing you can do about that.
As for the offense. The offense certainly wasn't a horror show, but they didn't perform as they were expected to, and the offensive playcalling seemed to lack diversity at times. Brady played very well, and I won't hold him accountable for his receivers' drops, or for his INT. To win games, you have to make big plays. Brady gave Gronk a chance to make a play on the ball and unfortunately it didn't work out. I agree that it wasn't the smartest decision in that situation, but it was by no means a 'Favre' throw. Overall the offense was average -- things certainly could have been done better, but they moved the ball decently and scored a number of times.
As for the defense. The defense played well considering how they had performed earlier in the season. They weren't shutdown, nor did they make any spectacular plays, but they played relatively well. No big plays or blown coverages, so I can't hold them accountable on that front. Would a turnover have been nice, sure -- but all things considered, they did well. Unfortunately this was lacking on the Giants's final drive of the game, but up until that point they hung in there.
So to bring this all together, I feel as if the TEAM lost the game. The defense had an opportunity to stop the Giants and win the game. They didn't. On the other side of that coin, the offense had a chance to score and put the game out of reach and they didn't. To top it all off, lady-luck wasn't in our corner. Ultimately, when this team had an opportunity to make big plays at crucial points in the game, they didn't. You can blame exclusively the offense or defense. There's plenty of blame to go around, but to single out a single unit, or player for that matter, is ridiculous. The Giants made clutch plays, we didn't, and on that day they were the better TEAM.
You win as a team and you lose as a team. On that day, the TEAM lost.