Belichick: Indianapolis loves me since I went for it on fourth-and-2

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The Patriots have arrived in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, and coach Bill Belichick used his arrival as an occasion to take a playful shot at what may have been the biggest blunder of his coaching career.

Asked about the welcome he gets in Indianapolis, Belichick noted that the Super Bowl will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, the same place where Belichick infamously went for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 28-yard line late in the fourth quarter of what turned out to be a loss to the Colts. Belichick said that ever since that decision, which set up the Colts for their game-winning touchdown, the fans in Indianapolis have loved him.

“I never had too much hospitality here until I went for it on fourth-and-2,” Belichick said. “Since then I’ve been greeted in a lot more friendly manner than I was in the past.”

Belichick smiled, joked around and generally seemed chipper at his press conference on Sunday evening. Getting to the Super Bowl has him in a good mood.

37 responses to “Belichick: Indianapolis loves me since I went for it on fourth-and-2

  1. aint no one questioning you…

    you got madddd rings

    live life in the real world,

    belichick is king.

    and i dont even like boston or the patriots,

    but he’s winnin,

    period.

  2. The biggest blunder in his coaching career was drafting that receiver whose name escapes me….

    I don’t even want to remember it.

  3. As sharp as he is, that was one of the stupidest decisions in NFL history. That was then defended by some lunatic who said stats said it was the correct decision. Stats? I have never seen a similar situation in 50 years of watching football when a team is up by 6 points with 2 minutes left in game, with ball on your own 28 and you need 2 full yards to get a first down on 4th down. And ESPN said this professor at Brainy University was an authority. Whatta joke!

  4. TheWizard says:
    Jan 29, 2012 6:32 PM
    The biggest blunder in his coaching career was drafting that receiver whose name escapes me….

    I don’t even want to remember it.
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    Yeah they are the failsauce at drafting WRs (outside of Branch and Givens) so it could be Bethel J you are thinking of, or Chad Jackson, Price etc. etc.

    I think BB likes this team and realizes how amazing they’ve been, what they’ve overcome. I feel the same way, regardless of what happens Sunday.

  5. … wait cracking jokes… smiling… My god the Giants have kidnapped the hoodie and replaced him with a body double!!!

  6. Blunder? That was a well calculate risk that he took. That calculated risk part might be beyond most people.

  7. I was on a four day film shoot in Indy and Ive got to say, that place pretty much sucks. However, a cloudy day in Indy is WAY better than a sunny day in Pittsburgh

  8. That was a bad result but good decision. If he makes it then game is over.

    He would have been called a genius if they got the first down.

  9. Yea..Im a Bronco fan, but in my opinion, BB is for sure one of the greatest coaches of ALL time! No question.

  10. Belichick with his phony humor and dictatorial ways reminds me of George W. Bush.

    By the way, who is the genius that decided to put Hot Chelle Rae as the pregame entertainments or the Pro Bowl? They make Nickelback sound like Led Zepplin.

  11. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:54 PM

    I was on a four day film shoot in Indy and Ive got to say, that place pretty much sucks. However, a cloudy day in Indy is WAY better than a sunny day in Pittsburgh
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    Im gonna tell u right now i live 100 miles south of indy and have been to the burgh and it makes indy look like a piece of trash and at least when big ben was out for 4 games they still went 3 and 1

  12. As August1969 said, the back did in fact have posession and two feet down and then was tackled. Terrible call by the refs and replay (shocker). As a coach he has 5 SB rings total, 3 as a head. This just in, he’s pretty good.

  13. Lol at all the people that think going for it on 4th and 2 was a bad decision.
    The fact is, 3/4 of the coaches in the league wouldn’t have the sack to make a move like that. They’re too busy looking over their shoulder worrying about job security.

  14. The problem wasn’t that he went for it on 4th down. The problem was that it appeared that he didn’t make that decision until after 3rd down.

    We are going to find out something about him and a certain Mr. Bundchen on Sunday. There is a lot at stake here.

  15. That was the right call. That defense was gassed and it wouldn’t have made any difference where the Colts got the ball, they would have driven the field anyway. You want to beat Peyton Manning? Keep the ball out of his hands. And it sure looked like Kevin Faulk was straddling the 30 yard line when he secured the football. First down.

  16. If I remember correctly the Patriot’s defense couldnt stop Indy at all. So he figured if we make this 1st down game over. He had zero trust in his Defense, which was understandable that day@

  17. Not his best decision.
    Kevin totally got that though.
    When you play well, things tend to go your way.
    They played awful bad that day.

    #### eli. Haters keep hatin’
    Win or lose, they put themselves somewhere again this year.

  18. Getting to the Super Bowl has him (Belichick) in a good mood.

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    He was in a good mood before this… you know, right after the team had their scoreboard operator mess with the scoreboard VS the Ravens last week…

  19. chipper because he hates the league office and thinks it’s funny that his defense full of undrafted players and scrubs got to the dance in a ‘defense wins championships’ league. one more game and he hoodwinked the biggest sports institution on the planet.

  20. If you went up toa media member during a game and asked them what should the team do, they’ll have the perfect answer for you as soon as the game is over.

  21. The colts had just driven 80 yards twice in the previous 5 minutes, kicking the ball back to indy with 2 minutes left would have had the same result. It was the right decision to go for it, unfortunately they didn’t make it (personally I thought it was a horrible spot) but it is what it is.

  22. He knew they couldn’t stop a HOF QB at the peak of his career from marching down the field for the score so he took the risk.

    Great call IMO- if you had been offered this deal before the game, would you have taken it: you have to gain 2 yards to win the game, on the road. That’s it, 2 yards for the win, regardless of where on the field…gain 2 yards and you beat a great team in their building. I would go for it too.

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