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Brady called his shot

Though he didn’t point to the center field wall at Gillette Stadium in the waning moments of Monday night’s thrilling win over the Bills, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady impersonated Babe Ruth for a much smaller audience.

Per Peter King of SI.com, Brady entered the huddle with 5:32 remaining and his team trailing by 11 points, and he delivered an unequivocal message to the rest of the offense.

“Get your hats on,” Brady said. “We’re gonna score before the
two-minute warning, get the ball back, then we’re gonna score again and
win this thing
!”

(In an unrelated note, Matt Hasselbeck just shifted in his chair.)

“He knew,” receiver Randy Moss said after the game, according to King.  “When you got a guy like that, speaking like that, leading you
like that, there ain’t nothing for the other 10 of us to do but shut up
and go out and make plays.”

They did, and they pulled it off. 

And so while the scoreboard doesn’t indicate it, Brady has returned with a bang as loud as a blowout would have created.  Arguably, last night’s outcome will resonate even more loudly within the Patriots’ locker room.

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  1. Nevisyakker says: Sep 15, 2009 12:46 PM

    Buffalo must have heard his comments as well because they certainly did their part in making his prediction come true!

  2. hayward giablommi says: Sep 15, 2009 12:47 PM

    For all the hatred and people praying Brady gets injured, everybody here knows that’s the guy they would want leading their team.
    He definitely has some rust to knock off still, but I thinkthe last 5:32 showed he is going to be as good as ever going forward.
    Karma.

  3. Bigbluefan says: Sep 15, 2009 12:48 PM

    I know NE is a great team but doubt they would have won if the return guy took a knee in the endzone
    Sometimes luck is better then skill and it showed twice yesterday with two of the so called top teams getting away with a win

  4. PirateFreedom says: Sep 15, 2009 12:48 PM

    Brady haters are going to love this one

  5. pray4thebills says: Sep 15, 2009 12:48 PM

    More like the bills did it for him.

  6. danlinker says: Sep 15, 2009 12:48 PM

    Another article designed to get hits. And yes, I am biting this time.
    We get it, the patriots won. Everybody gets it Florio. There were other games yesterday that could be addressed.
    How many articles does it take?
    Besides, didn’t Hasselbeck already make that kind of prediction? It’s been played.

  7. Turd_Spelunker says: Sep 15, 2009 12:49 PM

    Oh, wow. Is Tom Brady a football god or something? How does he do it. You really can’t teach this stuff can you?

  8. LBPACKFAN says: Sep 15, 2009 12:49 PM

    …and if Leodis McKelvin wasn’t an idiot and held onto the ball we wouldn’t be reading this article.

  9. TimTheEnchanter says: Sep 15, 2009 12:50 PM

    “Arguably, last night’s outcome will resonate even more loudly within the Patriots’ locker room.”
    Ri-i-i-i-i-ight. Because there was so much doubt and uncertainty about that whether that Brady kid could lead a team.

  10. mrmagoo says: Sep 15, 2009 12:52 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that King moved to Boston to be closer to Brady?
    Brady used a voodoo doll to make McKelvin fumble.

  11. mwiles19 says: Sep 15, 2009 12:52 PM

    What was he supposed to say? “Alright guys, we have no shot at this so pack it in and lets go home.” Sure that would have gone over well.

  12. Merriman's Dealer says: Sep 15, 2009 12:53 PM

    I would bet comments like that are made all the time in huddles so its not like he’s inventing the wheel here.
    But backing the words up… Now thats where he separates himself from most in the league.
    I’m sure McKelvin told everyone “Hey, I’m gonna run this thing back for 6 and put the nail in the coffin”… But instead he fumbled the game by being a moron.
    See the difference?

  13. Jabberwocky says: Sep 15, 2009 12:53 PM

    Yeah, and I’m sure he knew and anticipated a Dick Jauron team would inexplicably field the kick when didn’t need to.
    Headline reads: “Brady willed his Pats to victory”
    Alternative headline: “Jauron fails his team in the clutch again.”

  14. Florio Borio says: Sep 15, 2009 12:54 PM

    So, if the Pats had LOST, would we have even HEARD this stupid prediction by Brady.
    Remember, this is the SAME guy who laughed at Plaxico Burress’s prediction that the Giants defense would only allow 17 points to be scored by Brady’s team in the Super Bowl. OOPS…they ONLY scored 14. LMAO

  15. Doctor Bull says: Sep 15, 2009 12:55 PM

    That is pretty impressive, but if him saying that has that much effect on the outcome, why doesn’t he speak up earlier in the game?

  16. RiversideRat says: Sep 15, 2009 12:55 PM

    Look, Brady got lucky once again. The Bills owned the pats for 4 quarters and unfortunately they had one selfish player decided to bring the kickoff out of the endzone when he knew that that the hands team was on for a possible onside kick and there was zero chance for a return to be set-up.
    It was McLovins selfishness that allowed NE the chance to score the go ahead Td there not anything that brady did. Kudos to him for throwing two decent balls to an open TE but come on haven’t you all stroked this guy enough already?

  17. Turd_Spelunker says: Sep 15, 2009 12:55 PM

    Also, this reminds me of the Packer game, I heard Rodgers (A-Rod) yell; “Go for two, go for two to beat the spread! (5 pts) We are going to make it, I know it!”

  18. xgbx says: Sep 15, 2009 12:56 PM

    PLUS he managed to leave the field without impregnating anybody.
    Sorry, Suzy Kolber, but that’s probably why he was running from you after the game. He wasn’t just being a dick. He was avoiding temptation.

  19. Bigbluefan says: Sep 15, 2009 12:56 PM

    maybe they can repeat and then loss to the better team again
    18-1 Giant Loss

  20. brian forster says: Sep 15, 2009 12:58 PM

    oh come on, that game was over if not for a stupid stupid play by leodis mckelvin.
    bills did not deserve that win, the patriots used the receiver and route and scored 13 points from it because the bills never seem to learn from their mistakes.

  21. rodgers#12 says: Sep 15, 2009 12:59 PM

    How is this news? Doesnt every qb perrty much have to say that? There not going to be like ya were going to lose this thing lets just give it up and ill throw a quick interception for 6 then we can go home.
    Also they were playing the bills so i give brady and the Pats no credit in this game. All the bills has to do is hold the ball on the kickoff and the game is over perrty much but like i said its the bills!!

  22. Common Sense says: Sep 15, 2009 1:00 PM

    Not hard to call your shot when you’ve been spying on the other team.

  23. storkshots says: Sep 15, 2009 1:01 PM

    Wow, this truly is amazing news.
    An NFL quarterback, down by 11 points with 5 minutes to play, told his team they will comeback and win.
    Must have been the first time this has ever happened.

  24. Vox Duh says: Sep 15, 2009 1:03 PM

    And the ill placed affection for a team that is ran by a man with a Napoleon Complex ensues. I am not into Florio bashing, but geez, is our world in such a shambles that we need to bow to our own personal “Brady” dolls and weep? Good QB on a Good team. Seems to be a common theme in the NFL. Perhaps New England (and others) are in desperate need of a little hero worship.

  25. Katmanduu says: Sep 15, 2009 1:03 PM

    Brady is a blowhard. You expect us to believe this crap? Only knuckleheads like Moss, who couldn’t spell “leader” if you spotted him the “LEADE_” .
    Um….Tom, the ONLY reason the Patsies won that game is becuase McKelvin didn’t use his noodle by simply downing the ball and let the offense run out the clock. Hell, even I could engineer a winning 31 yard drive against a gassed defense after my kick returner fumbles the ball (and game away).
    Hey Brady Boy…..you ain’t playing Buffalo every week. Enjoy it while you can, becuase the Patsies are deficient in MANY areas, and will be fortunate to even make the playoffs.

  26. Beastie Bills says: Sep 15, 2009 1:04 PM

    Oh whatever.
    Every quarterback to ever get in a huddle with their team trailing in the game says Oh we’re gonna do this that and win.
    If not for a retard hillbilly returning the kickoff, with the hands team on the field, and then fighting for one extra yard, when your team has the lead, and then fumbling is the only reason the Bills lost.
    It took the Pats twice as many plays to score one more point.
    A loss by the Bills, yes of course. But EFF Tom Brady he played like shit.

  27. That Guy says: Sep 15, 2009 1:04 PM

    Give me a break… I think I’m gonna toss my cookies! This was a classic case of the Prevent “D” preventing the Bills from winning that game. Not to mention a fortunate fumble, otherwise Patsies are 0-1.
    No way the Patsies win the AFC East.

  28. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 15, 2009 1:05 PM

    “Arguably, last night’s outcome will resonate even more loudly within the Patriots’ locker room.”
    It had better- that was not the Colts, Giants, Chargers, Steelers or any other possible Super Bowl bound team. That was the Bills led by Trent Edwards. It was a wake up call, and the Patriots were saved by a foolish kick off return.

  29. marquezjol says: Sep 15, 2009 1:05 PM

    So they had video of the Bills defense then?

  30. dlmcc0909 says: Sep 15, 2009 1:07 PM

    Every other QB in the league should take notes. This guy is a true all time great

  31. 69ers says: Sep 15, 2009 1:08 PM

    All hail Tom Brady, he’s so great, etc..whatever. That game was over and the Bills blew it with the fumble. 9 out of 10 times the Pats lose.

  32. filthylucre says: Sep 15, 2009 1:08 PM

    Bridget called Brady’s shot, too. She called it John Edward Thomas Moynahan.

  33. droppingloads says: Sep 15, 2009 1:12 PM

    Bow down before Brady, all other quaterbacks are false, Brady is the true QB.Once you accept Brady into your life, you will know happiness

  34. milehiclown says: Sep 15, 2009 1:13 PM

    The league should be alarmed. Very alarmed. That type of play and that type of confidence is simply undeniable.
    Since my Donks shant be a part of the post-season, this makes me happy because the Bolts will lose, in the playoffs, again, to the Pats.

  35. Marty says: Sep 15, 2009 1:21 PM

    Did you see Brady’s hit on the kickoff to cause the fumble?! He does it all.

  36. Richm2256 says: Sep 15, 2009 1:24 PM

    How’s THAT feel, haters???!!!!!
    Plenty of QBs in the league can talk the talk, but with Brady, his teamates have seen him do it too many times. They simply reach down and give him their very best because they know that with him, their efforts will count.
    THAT’S why this team is so damned good …. got nothin’ to do with videotape this or Gisele that. TB has the balls, and the talent, to back up the talk.
    Stealing a win from the Bills was scary stuff, but this story makes me feel much better!

  37. SteelCityStampede says: Sep 15, 2009 1:25 PM

    Or that is exactly what they needed to do to win the game and nobody would remember that he was wrong in the wake of the loss. Well at least if the knee doesn’t hold up Brady will be able to set up shop as a fortune teller and have Randy as a customer.

  38. StiffArm says: Sep 15, 2009 1:27 PM

    Every Bills fan in America was saying the same thing at the same time: ‘They’re gonna score before the 2 minute warning, we’ll lose the ball, then they’ll score again and we’ll lose this thing!’

  39. Koam says: Sep 15, 2009 1:31 PM

    Glad to see Moss is trying now that he is on a winner. He’s what we should all aspire to be – a world class front runner.

  40. PatricktheDookie says: Sep 15, 2009 1:35 PM

    Isn’t this what every QB says when they’re down late? What were his alternatives?
    “Okay guys, 5 more minutes and we can go home!”
    “Hey look, it’s John Candy!”

  41. Iā™„Patriots says: Sep 15, 2009 1:40 PM

    This is what separates good from great.

  42. Facts Domino says: Sep 15, 2009 1:41 PM

    Wipe your chin of Stetson’s spunk.

  43. blackglass says: Sep 15, 2009 1:45 PM

    Boy, there must be alot of pissed off people out there in Hatriot Nation. The prediction that Brady was done and the Dynasty was over is sorely mistaken.
    How does it feel; gameday, JimmySmith, and the rest of you hating douchebags?

  44. orangecrushd13 says: Sep 15, 2009 1:48 PM

    give me a break, what else is he going to say. “Guys, let’s go 3 and out so I can go back to Giselle and produce some more babies” “Guys, there is no way we are going to win tonight, please don’t let anybody hit me”
    Of course he said we are going to win.

  45. lichnor says: Sep 15, 2009 1:49 PM

    Every “big”, i.e. “super bowl contending” AFC team had very close games this week squeeking out their wins in the last 2-3 minutes and/or OT:
    Pats, Colts, Titans(exception), Chargers, Steelers, Ravens
    Pats won against a 7-9 (last year) Bills team. Colts, against a 5-11 Jags, Steelers against a 13-3 Titans, Chargers against a 5-11 Raiders, Ravens against 2-11 Chiefs.
    Out of all those squeekers who comes out looking best after week one?

  46. StillMadAtSlobber says: Sep 15, 2009 1:49 PM

    original link: http://steelerfury.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2385
    Media Story: The magic is back. Pats offense looks like the juggernaut we all thought it would be. Brady leads the NFL in passing yards after one week.
    Real Story: The Pats beat a team that went 7-9 last year by 1 point at home that played most of the game without two starters and only because of a miracle fumble. Brady was nearly the reason the team lost as he threw a ridiculous pick 6 and never looked comfortable in the pocket whenever any defender came close to him. Mayo’s injury has the potential to be huge given the Pats depth at linebacker.

  47. Charlotte_Steel_Curtain says: Sep 15, 2009 1:51 PM

    “Get your hats on”. Since when does he have to steal Big Ben’s lines.

  48. Ralphie says: Sep 15, 2009 1:59 PM

    @# Bigbluefan says: September 15, 2009 12:48 PM
    “I know NE is a great team but doubt they would have won if the return guy took a knee in the endzone Sometimes luck is better then skill and it showed twice yesterday with two of the so called top teams getting away with a win”
    ______________________________
    Your comment reads like Buffalo just handed them the ball and said “score”. Buffalo is an NFL team who played them hard all night (and I think they will show a few people they are better than predicted). New England and Brady still had to make the plays and score. That pass to Watson was a frozen rope into double coverage. That’s skill, not luck.

  49. JSpicoli says: Sep 15, 2009 2:07 PM

    Instead of piling this info on your compost pile of Brady love and worship, maybe you should realize that probalbyu every QB in the league, including Brady, would utter these same kinds of words in the same situation. He would not be an NFL QB without leadership etc.
    Big deal about nothing.

  50. FloriosHairHat says: Sep 15, 2009 2:10 PM

    Lotta (very predictable) chest-thumping going on in the Pats crowd. Considering it took an act of God to win against a 7-9 team in your own house, you oughta be worried, not crowing

  51. Phyxsius says: Sep 15, 2009 2:23 PM

    Wow, what a speech. Almost Gettysburgesque.
    I think it is only appropriate that we all take a minute to genuflect about the greatness that is Tom Brady.

  52. Steeler4life says: Sep 15, 2009 2:26 PM

    Big Deal! They were playing the Bills.
    @lichnor
    I would say the Steelers.

  53. VicksPuppies says: Sep 15, 2009 2:33 PM

    Wow – some people really get their panties in a twist over the Patriots. Point of the article was Brady is a good leader – considering he has not been on the field for over a year before last night, it is somewhat newsworthy that he has remained the team’s main leader. Not exactly huge breaking news, but I have seen dumber articles on here.

  54. BP says: Sep 15, 2009 2:34 PM

    No Florio Borio,
    Brady wasn’t laughing about the score Plax predicted. Because Brady has the power of precognition as evidenced by his knowing the Pats would win despite being down 11 points with 5 minutes left against the Bills, he was laughing because he knew your fellow moron Plax would shoot himself and end up doing a couple years hard time for his stupidity. LMAO

  55. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 15, 2009 2:37 PM

    lichnor says:
    Out of all those squeekers who comes out looking best after week one?
    You the beauty of this Lichnor- You think the Patriots and their head coach used your excuse? They did not get where they were by being the best of the squeekers? They were not even the best of the squeekers. The Bills were so issue ridden- didn’t they switch their offensive coordinator just before the season? That was Trent Edwards leading the Bills to scores not Jim Kelly. That was Fred Jackson- they guy who played for the indoor football league, gashing that Pats defense. Are the Patriots rusty or vulnerable? Stop kidding yourself, the Patriots have plenty to worry about.

  56. this class sucks says: Sep 15, 2009 2:38 PM

    This is quiet a revalation I thought he would have said “heyi think this is over so let’s just take a knee and give up.” This hardly says anything about Brady, didn’t Ben R say that EXACT line almost a week ago? I guess it means that Brady needs to get a speech writer to go along with his logo maker. Maybe you should focus an article on how the Pats are going to stop a team with a real run game and a legitamate pass rush. Brady (Or the bills) may have saved the Pats but they need to do a lot of work to get any where close to where a Super Bowl contender would want to be. We will know how good
    they really are when they play the Titans. If they handle the Titans they are a very good team, not that the Titans are great but their strengths seem to mirror the Pats weaknesses (good run game, pass rush). Another interesting game will be the Saints and the Pats, 2 bad defenses and 2 good offenses.

  57. frox says: Sep 15, 2009 2:44 PM

    Did Peter King wet his pants when he heard that? I know it’s cliche to accuse sports writers of rooting for certain teams, but that man loves the Pats more than Florio (secretly) loves the Steelers.

  58. Red says: Sep 15, 2009 2:46 PM

    Was Leodis McKelvin in the huddle? Can we sackride the greatness of Leodis McKelvin and stop talking about how Tom Brady apparently forced a fumble with the power of his mind?

  59. Ralphie says: Sep 15, 2009 2:59 PM

    @# JSpicoli says: September 15, 2009 2:07 PM
    Instead of piling this info on your compost pile of Brady love and worship, maybe you should realize that probalbyu every QB in the league, including Brady, would utter these same kinds of words in the same situation. He would not be an NFL QB without leadership etc.
    Big deal about nothing.
    __________________________
    Bullshit. A media-type said essentially the same thing to Moss today and his response essentially was that “a lot of guys may say it, but how many actually do it? Very few, if any that I’ve seen” (and he should now having been in a few huddles here and there). Understand also that with 5 mins left Brady was calling for TWO touchdowns and he produced. And that’s after not playing in a regular season game in over a year.
    On the other hand how many QB’s you think make that call every time they’re in that situation? I bet that the majority of them don’t utter a word because of; 1. fear of failure. or, 2. If they do that regularly, and they never deliver the touchdown their teammates in the huddle will think they’re full of shit…and they are afraid of having that rep.

  60. stevemcguigan says: Sep 15, 2009 3:00 PM

    How many times has this been said in a huddle where it DIDN’T come true?

  61. VicksPuppies says: Sep 15, 2009 3:01 PM

    Pats won against a 7-9 team? Woah, I need to stop drinking, I’ve apparently missed 16 NFL games.

  62. stanjam says: Sep 15, 2009 3:06 PM

    Love the people who say that the Pats were owned by the Bills the whole game. Let’s see, the only thing the Bills owned was the score. The Pats owned time of posession, total yards. They didn’t score on two chances when they were there, or the score would have been much different. Ditto the two points Wilfork was robbed of.
    Sure, butterfingers helped, but if he had taken a knee would that have done it? Umm, nope. The Pats would still have 2 minutes and three time outs to get the ball back. That and the defense was showing signs of life in its aggression late.
    Yeah, that defense you all say sucked. The same defense that SHUT OUT TO in the first half (something that hasn’t been done in many years). The same defense that made their top two receivers silent all game. Yeah, THAT defense. The defense that did pretty well on third down, THAT defense.
    I expected the defense to suck. It is full of new people, and it will take time for them to gel (not to mention they lost Mayo). Yet they pulled it together and did well. They will only get better as the season progresses. And the offense? Brady is BACK, so start your defensive planning now, cause it’s gonna be a long season for you Patriot haters!
    LMAO this is good!

  63. jetsfan59 says: Sep 15, 2009 3:17 PM

    Being a Jets fan, I still have lots of respect for Brady. I agree with the people that talked about the Bills returner deciding not to take a knee in the end zone. Had he done his job right, we wouldn’t be here talking about Brady’s great comeback. Instead, we’d be talking about how bad that Pats D was last night

  64. spyboots says: Sep 15, 2009 3:26 PM

    Leodis McKelvin gave that game to the Pats.

  65. mdel1120 says: Sep 15, 2009 3:27 PM

    I am so sick of everyone calling Brady “John Wayne”. Please, the only reason the Pats won this game if b/c the Bills fumbled the ball with 2 minutes left. Brady is a fabulous QB, but can we stop giving him credit when it is not deserved. “John Wayne”……..please.

  66. db3300 says: Sep 15, 2009 3:36 PM

    Matt Cassel is the proof that Brady is a product of the system.

  67. Alpheratz says: Sep 15, 2009 3:37 PM

    66 posts and 2/3 of you are grousing about how “lucky” Brady is.
    Get lives, people.
    (p.s. dumbasses, McKelvin didn’t fumble, Merriweather stripped the ball. Amazing how lucky they are the harder they work, huh?)

  68. lichnor says: Sep 15, 2009 3:46 PM

    @ZombieRevolution
    What excuse?
    I’m actually a Steelers fan.
    I thought the Steelers came out the best since they beat the team with the best record last year (and who beat the Steelers into the ground last year) and all the other “super bowl contenders” in the AFC all barely escaped with their lives against far far far inferior teams.
    I also thought it weird that none of the top 6 blew out their opponet since in 4 (Pats, chargers, colts, ravens) of the games it was predicted to be easy victories. Certainly the Titans could have handily beat the Steelers since they did so a year ago.
    Being a Steelers fan, I know I see the world through Black and Gold glasses, and in my opinion, in the national press the Steelers have gotten the shaft this week, so, I thought I’d ask people in a Brady fluff piece what they thought? I thought I posed the question as innocously as possible.
    These Patriot fluff pieces usually attract fans from all teams, so, I also thought it was a good venue to get some honest answers.
    Zombie, you can now go back to your hyperventilating now. Oh….and you are right, the Pats do have a lot to worry about….and it makes me smile. :-)

  69. RSKindred says: Sep 15, 2009 3:51 PM

    Glad to see you’re as much on Brady’s sack as those fools on BSPN, Mr. Florio.

  70. lichnor says: Sep 15, 2009 3:56 PM

    McKelvin made the right call in running it out.
    If he downs it in the endzone, no time comes off the clock, IIRC there was just over 2 minutes left with the Pats having all their TOs giving the Pats 4 time stoppages in total (3 Tos and the 2 minute warning). The Bills could have gone 3 and out, punted and the Pats would still have 1 TO left to get in the endzone.
    If he runs it out, he gets it under 2 minutes and that stoppage happens before their drive starts. if the Bills go 3 and out, the pats would have had to use all their TOs leaving none for their drive to win the game.
    Running it out was the right call, just bad sh*t happens…..

  71. footballnut says: Sep 15, 2009 4:01 PM

    Excuses, excuses, excuses…that’s all I am reading…he spied, the Bills fumbled that’s why they won (duh, turn overs usually do that for you…), he wouldn’t be a QB if he didn’t say that, blah, blah, blah, blah…
    Only a handful of QB’s can still pull this off. It’s not like the Bills just handed them the ball. The Pats took it. Great teams always have a game or three like this in a season, ones they shouldn’t have won but somehow pulled off in the end. They may have been a 7-9 team last year, but even you same friggin’ people say last year doesn’t matter. It is the first game of the season, Monday Night, divisional game…The Bills may not have another effort like this all year, but they came to play last night. Of course the Pats are shaky in certain areas, what team was completely dominate this weekend? We’ll see who peaks in mid Nov thru Feb…
    Some of you just need to come to reality and accept the fact Brady is back, but just keep talking. The Pats are in for a big game this week against the Jets and will be even more challenged, but they are one of the few teams that are up for it.

  72. 90ragtop says: Sep 15, 2009 4:06 PM

    So our dimple-chinned Captain America now wants to be Babe Ruth too, huh? What a modest guy…

  73. Merlin6593 says: Sep 15, 2009 4:06 PM

    If it wasn’t for the ref calling the ridiculous roughing the passer penalty. They would have never been able add to Brady’s legacy. Another come back win live with that all the haters.

  74. TomBradysBaby says: Sep 15, 2009 4:07 PM

    “I am so sick of everyone calling Brady “John Wayne”. Please, the only reason the Pats won this game if b/c the Bills fumbled the ball with 2 minutes left. Brady is a fabulous QB, but can we stop giving him credit when it is not deserved. “John Wayne”……..please.”
    Did you watch the same game I did? Because a lot more happened in those last 2 minutes then a fumble that lead to the Bills loss.
    How about the Bills defense cashing it in early, and becoming spectators in their own game? How many times did Welker, Moss, and Watson get catches in the last 5 minutes? Not exactly new faces to the Pats offense, and something the Bills should have been able to contend with, but failed when it mattered. Bills D did the unthinkable at the 5 minute mark, and that’s taking off the pressure. They thought this game was in the bag, and that is inexperience coupled with crappy couching.
    How about the Bills offensive line showing their inexperience when the pressure was on to win, and letting their QB get sacked TWICE. The game was still within reach fro the Bills to win. They had 45 seconds, and 2 time outs to go 40 yards for a field goal. Something very good teams are capable of doing, but the Bills fell to pieces instead.
    And where was T.O this whole game? SHUT DOWN that’s where. Lee Evans, oh ya also SHUT DOWN. If it wasn’t for Schobel being an amazing athlete this would have been an entirely different game on those final 5 minutes.

  75. hayward giablommi says: Sep 15, 2009 4:09 PM

    “Brady is a product of the system ”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I knew this garbage would come out sooner or later. Fools like you will always choose the best angle to spin your anti-Patriots agenda. So…if Cassel fails this year, it proves that Brady is a product of the system. If Cassel does good this year, it proves Brady is a product of the system and Belichick got lucky. Do I have that right? You clowns really amuse me.
    I guess Brady is just following in the footsteps of his idol, Joe Montana- you guessed it, product of the system.

  76. Ocelot138 says: Sep 15, 2009 4:11 PM

    Patriot Nation:
    Y’all squeaked by the Bills.
    The Bills are a joke, and last night the punchline was Leodis McKelvin.
    Brady looked bad and was putting half weight on his knee all night. The only throw he made not doing that was the last TD to Watson.
    Until the Bills went into a bend-but-don’t-break scheme, Brady was getting knocked down and around all game.
    The Patriots are a good team, but they’re not the 18-1 team. The real test will be when they play a real team.

  77. RedsGhost says: Sep 15, 2009 4:13 PM

    who couldn’t spell “leader” if you spotted him the “LEADE_” .
    “game is becuase ” and “becuase the Patsies ”
    Talk about being a Patsie!!
    Katmanduu- BEFORE jumping on someone’s spelling skills (which you have no idea whether Moss is a good speller or not), I would suggest YOU bone up on YOUR spelling skills. Afterall, I don’t think you could spell because if I spotted you the bec**se!!
    Heh heh, heh heh, he said Bone up.

  78. tj.52 says: Sep 15, 2009 4:31 PM

    Bigbluefan says: I know NE is a great team but doubt they would have won if the return guy took a knee in the endzone Sometimes luck is better then skill and it showed twice yesterday with two of the so called top teams getting away with a win
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    @Bigbluefan:
    I agree that the Patriots played poorly and received a couple of breaks last night, but your theory would have to include both sides as well.
    For instance, if Matt (or Todd, as Gruden likes to call him) Light had finished his block, I doubt the Bills defensive end would have intercepted Brady and returned it for a touchdown. Or, if the Bills had been called for roughing the passer every time they touched Brady, or if the Patriots hadn’t been called for roughing the passer, I doubt the score would have been the same.
    My point is that what happened is what happened. Even though the Pats played poorly, when the opportunity to win presented itself they grabbed it and won. The Bills, given the same opportunities, lost.

  79. Pastabelly says: Sep 15, 2009 4:47 PM

    McKelvin? Looked more like McLovin in the 4th quarter. The first one he fumbled, his teammate picked up and ran 18 yards with it. And they put him on the “hands” team. Who runs that team?
    The fumble notwithstanding, Brady did throw two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game and that’s not a bad think.

  80. FloriosHairHat says: Sep 15, 2009 4:50 PM

    “…hayward giablommi says: September 15, 2009 4:09 PM
    I knew this garbage would come out sooner or later. Fools like you will always choose the best angle to spin your anti-Patriots agenda. …”
    As opposed to your constant Patriots-can-do-no-wrong agenda? Kay-rist, you’re worse than Vox.
    Tell ya what. Hurry up and plan your SB parties, get your t-shirt printing presses rolling, and don’t forget the latest edition of the “Undefeated” book. All Hail Tom Brady! Feel better now?
    If things don’t work out, you can always start another petition.

  81. stanjam says: Sep 15, 2009 5:00 PM

    lichnor, if you want an honest evaluation I doubt you will get one here. However I will give you my honest appraisal. The Patriots played exactly like the team they are.
    The offense played like Brady was rusty and afraid to commit to the pass. That went away towards the end of the game, and the whole offense responded with more confidence. The offense will likely be just fine, but will start to really get its act together over the next week or two.
    The defense played like a bunch of guys who aren’t familiar with each other. There is a lot of talent there, but it is going to take some time for that unit to gel. you will start to see their best in the second half of the season, probably the last quarter. When they are aggressive they seem to be able to get the pass rush going. They played pretty vanilla early on, probably for just the reason I stated. However it is worthy to note something that isn’t being said, especially by the haters, and that is the Bills best two receivers were essentially blanked. TO didn’t even have one reception in the first half. When is the last time you saw that? The Bills moved the ball a bit at times, especially with Mayo out, but they struggled on third down, especially early. This has the makings to be, maybe not great, but a very good defense.
    All the elements were there for the Pats win, and a big win, last night, they just weren’t able to finish drives, and do you think THAT is going to be a recurring theme? Somehow I doubt it with Brady gaining confidence. The PAts OWNED time of possession and third down percentage, and total yards. That usually translates to wins. The game was not as close as the score indicated. The Pats were in control of everything but the score it seemed.
    And oh, for those of you who say the Pats were lucky he fumbled, watch the play again. He got MANHANDLED. He was stood up and beaten out of that ball. That wasn’t luck, that is good players doing their job, getting the ball back for the offense.

  82. steeler-hater says: Sep 15, 2009 5:07 PM

    Oh, Lord… gimme a break, will ya?
    What is it with these Boston guys and them trying to impersonate the actions of (non-Boston) legends? Or for that matter, some loud mouth trying to start his own phony mythical story only Boston homers would embrace?
    Whether it’s Paul Pierce and his “injury” return, ‘ala Willis Reed or Curt Schilling and his ketchup stain on his sock, it don’t matter. Now, Gisele’s walker of that sissy weenie dog of hers is trying to become the NFL version of Babe Ruth?
    I realize Boston will always be jealous of NY sports and thus they try to create their own mythology but come on. At least try better to pretend not to be. It’s so obvious Boston players are trying to live up to the exploits of NY players who have had legendary moments like Ruth’s called shot or Reed’s return from injury…

  83. Rmbay says: Sep 15, 2009 5:12 PM

    Tom Brady was Tom Brady. He took an opportunity presented to him and cashed in. That’s why he’s a great QB.
    But there was nothing special about his “call”. As a few have pointed out, any QB with half way decent leadership skills would probably say the same thing.
    The Patriots were very fortunate. Bottom line is that they barely beat a team with a brand new offensive coordinator, 3 rookies on the O-line, no Lynch and 2 of the best defensive players injured early. There’s no way you’re convincing me that Patriots teams of a few years back wouldn’t have beaten them something like 34-10.

  84. EskinSux says: Sep 15, 2009 5:16 PM

    Hell………Let’s just end the season now…….What’s the point, if he says this every week in a huddle..No sense in playing the games..Right?..It’s doesn’t matter a mental midget basically gave them the opportunity to win…..Yeah i know he had to complete the drives etc…..I know he’s a Hall of Famer, but it was a gift wrapped win for a team that knows how to win from a team that knows how to lose……

  85. Clark says: Sep 15, 2009 5:39 PM

    A.) The kick return was not dumb. He wasn’t sure if he stepped into the endzone, if he did, it would have been a safty. THAT would have been dumb. The return chewed the clock down to the two minute warning taking away an extra time out so to speak. He screwed up by fighting for meaningless extra yards.
    B.) He did not misshandle the ball. It was stripped from him by two defenders. Should have went down ASAP!
    C.) to the “what else did you expect him to say crowd.” 32 QB’s would have probibly said 32 different things. I hate how every numbnut thinks there could only be two possible ansures to a given question. Way to really put your mind to work. The world is not black and white on anything. Only shades of grey.
    D.) A lot of teams would have packed it in after the Bills last score that put them ahead by 11. To discredit a great comeback is just being bitter. “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” A great man once said. To some, that is just lip service.
    E.) Last years records where LAST YEAR! What does that have to do with this year? Really? Go to Vegas and bet the over under on wins for a season based on last years records. Under your miget minds, you should be very rich very soon. Go ahead, I’m not going to stop you. Just don’t come running to me when you are broke. Ever hear of the draft, free agency, coaching changes ect. Didn’t we see the Dolphins go from 1-15 to 11-5?

  86. Alpheratz says: Sep 15, 2009 7:00 PM

    The defense played like a bunch of guys who aren’t familiar with each other. There is a lot of talent there, but it is going to take some time for that unit to gel. you will start to see their best in the second half of the season, probably the last quarter.
    Exactly right, stanjam, except they started to look pretty good at the end of this game, which was quicker than I expected with Mayo out.
    How far this D can progress will determine how far this team goes this year.
    We know the O will have enough points to win most weeks.
    Since they are so “lucky”.

  87. bobinpuertorico says: Sep 15, 2009 7:55 PM

    Wow! Tom Brady sure is great. However, even better than Brady is the immortal Tedy Bruschi who worked the game for ESPN (the “Everyone Supports the Patriots Network”). Before the game Tedy explained how T.O. might quit once the Patriots went 14 or 21 points up, which was certain to happen. Of course as accurate as this unbiased prediction, it pales in comparison to Tom Jackson who let us all know that if the Bills were foolish enough to run the no-huddle, then the Patriots would put up at least 70 points!

  88. sevendollarbologna says: Sep 15, 2009 11:53 PM

    Chumps jump up to get beat down!

  89. Ralphie says: Sep 16, 2009 11:42 AM

    steeler-hater says:
    September 15, 2009 5:07 PM
    “I realize Boston will always be jealous of NY sports and thus they try to create their own mythology but come on…
    ________________________________________
    Jeezuz H steeler-hater, you are a JESTs a Knicks and a METS fan. Are you serious? Jealous? Jets, Knicks and Mets fans aren’t even the Junior Varsity, they’re the Special Phuking Olympics! In fact the JESTS are a Jersey team.

  90. steeler-hater says: Sep 16, 2009 5:05 PM

    Ralphie says:
    September 16, 2009 11:42 AM
    steeler-hater says:
    September 15, 2009 5:07 PM
    “I realize Boston will always be jealous of NY sports and thus they try to create their own mythology but come on…
    ________________________________________
    Jeezuz H steeler-hater, you are a JESTs a Knicks and a METS fan. Are you serious? Jealous? Jets, Knicks and Mets fans aren’t even the Junior Varsity, they’re the Special Phuking Olympics! In fact the JESTS are a Jersey team.
    ——————————–
    “Jealous” of what? The Boston Red Sox?
    lol!
    Please… the Sox are still the Yankees’ bitches.
    Two good seasons out of 90 doesn’t change this fact.
    None of you Sux fans won’t live long enough to see your team with more titles than the Yankees have.
    I’ve nothing to be “jealous” of as far as I am concerned. BoSox fans, on the other hand, are still bitter and jealous of the Yankees. No matter how many titles the Sux ever win, it is in their fans’ DNA to be jealous & bitter of the NY Yankees. Say thank you to Babe Ruth and that Boston idiot who traded him to NY for that…

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