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Bill Belichick Largely at Fault for Patriots’ Loss, but Not for 4th-and-2 Gamble

Article By on 17th November, 2009

... New England’s stunning 35-34 loss to Indianapolis Sunday, but the fourth-down gamble is not the mistake he made.

Up two possessions in the fourth quarter, right after Randy Moss scored his touchdown to make it 34-21, the Patriots defense was clearly giving Peyton Manning and the Colts offense any underneath passing pattern they wanted. Obviously, this makes sense. Let the Colts drive, but make them wear down the clock.

Unfortunately for New England, the Pats were unable to take significant time off the clock through defense, breathing life into Indianapolis’ lungs.

Belichick should have made the Patriots utilize the schemes they had been using for the majority of the game, holding the Colts to a reasonable 21 points.

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