Make your Patriots-Chargers predictions
posted at 1/20/2008 9:42 AM EST
So by elementary logic......seems the Pats know how to win Low Scoring games as well
Please! You're making my sides split with laughter. You can't be serious! Go back and play tapes of the three "closest" Pats' games whrerein they snared victory usually in the last 11 minutes. Check out the Eagles game, the Ravens' game, the Giants' games in particular.
In each case you will find critical ref calls in those time segments that arguably altered the momentum for the Pats and turned the game in their favor. Without those calls, what happens? Likely a Pats' loss.
Example: Dec. 3rd there is 1:44 left in the Ravens' game Baltimore stops NE on 4th down. Game over? No, it turns out an impromptu time out was called by D coach Ryan. So the down is replayed.
The ratbirds AGAIN stop the Pats on 4th down. But WHOA Nellie! The Ref calls a "false start" on the Pats which allows the down to be replayed. The Pats get another chance they wouldn't have otherwise. This time Brady scampers for 12 yards and a conversion.
Three plays later, it is again 4th down and Brady hurls a pass into the flat. The play is broken up by the Ravens' safety. It appears now, with 0:23 left the game is indeed finally over, advantage Ravens. But no. A yellow flag is tossed, and the defender is called for "defensive holding". Brady and the Pats go on two plays later and win with a toss to Gaffney.
My point"? Subtract at least two critical, game-changing calls and the Pats are losers. That is, earning 'Ls' as in big losers. Even my NFL rule-embracing wife admitted that calls should never determine the outcome - especially "twitchy" calls as Steve Young described them afterwards.
Now, go back and look at the Eagles' game and you will not similar calls in the 4th quarter on defenders that were just as twitchy and marginal - though not nearly as critical in respect of time or distance as the ones vs. the ratbirds.
My point? The Pats were beneficiaries of a number of game changing marginal calls which led directly to their victories.
Your "argument" about our Patriots winning in low scoring scenarios might have value IF we can replay those games, especially the last quarters - minus the twitchy calls. But since we can't, your argument cannot be won. All you can do is offer irrational speculations. Methinks you are the one "marooned' here, maestro.