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Belichick: There are always a couple calls you’d like to have back

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t second-guessing himself over twice failing on fourth down in field goal range in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Instead, Belichick is simply saying there are plays he’d like back — just as there are plays he’d like back in any other close loss.

“Our team competed. I’m proud of it. We had guys battling right until the very last play, with a chance to tie or win,” Belichick said on Monday morning. “Each of us that competed in the game, players and coaches, feel the same way. A couple plays, a couple calls, a couple whatevers we’d like to have back. In a close game like that you always feel that way. This is no different.”

Belichick declined to criticize the officials for a blown call early in the game, when they wrongly ruled a backward pass from Peyton Manning to be an incomplete forward pass. Although Belichick won his challenge and the Patriots got the ball on replay, the quick whistle was a mistake that went against New England.

“That’s a tough play for the officials to see because the guys on the line of scrimmage can’t see it, and the referee and the umpire are behind where the quarterback throws the ball, so they don’t really see a straight line,” Belichick said. “I know it’s a tough play to officiate.”

Belichick also declined to complain about the Patriots’ tablets not working properly, forcing them to use old-school paper play sheets on the sideline.

“It is what it is,” Belichick said. “It’s a pretty common problem. We have ways of working through it. There’s really nothing you can do. It’s not like the headsets where the other side’s really affected. You deal with what you deal with. We’ve had it at home, we’ve had it on the road, other teams have had it. It’s a fairly common problem. That didn’t affect the outcome of the game. I mean, no way.”

And so while Belichick would like to have a few plays back, he’s not pointing to any one play that he thinks cost his team the game.

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  1. ajgreenhof says: Jan 25, 2016 9:33 AM

    Never been a huge Belichick fan but gotta give him respect for dodging chances to make an excuse.

  2. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 25, 2016 9:33 AM

    The four sweetest words in the English language:

    the Patriots are out!

  3. 6ball says: Jan 25, 2016 9:35 AM

    .
    It all started with Belichick’s perplexing decision to receive the opening kick. I couldn’t understand it then and I can’t understand it now.
    .

  4. mswravens says: Jan 25, 2016 9:37 AM

    What he meant was “we screw with the other team’s technology at home…I guess it’s only fair that someone finally screwed with us”

  5. steelcurtainn says: Jan 25, 2016 9:38 AM

    If you aint first, your last.

  6. factman66 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:38 AM

    It’s always great seeing an arrogant tool humbled. Don’t let Belicheat’s act fool you. He’s still a tool.

  7. tajuara says: Jan 25, 2016 9:38 AM

    Belichick declined to criticize the officials for a blown call early in the game, when they wrongly ruled a backward pass from Peyton Manning to be an incomplete forward pass. Although Belichick won his challenge and the Patriots got the ball on replay, the quick whistle was a mistake that went against New England.

    —————————————————

    Didn’t they score a TD not even a minute later? No harm no foul

  8. exoneratedbyscience says: Jan 25, 2016 9:38 AM

    I must concede that Peyton is neck and neck with Brady for the GOAT. 1-3 in championship games is not a good record.

  9. coachsemanko says: Jan 25, 2016 9:43 AM

    Pats are down by 8 points, 6 minutes to go, ball on the 17 yard line, and it’s 4th down….. what does Belichick do? Well, if he would have taken the points instead of being greedy, the Patriots are in their 2nd straight Super Bowl!
    BTW, the Patriots got the ball back 4 more times!

  10. willycents says: Jan 25, 2016 9:44 AM

    The plays that made the most difference were all made in the first quarter. When Denver’s D slapped Brady around like a red headed stepchild in the first quarter, he saw “ghosts” around him the rest of the game. Even when he had time to set up and throw, he hurried the throw. Vintage Brady, hit him hard and often early and he gets nervous and ineffective. The Denver D was built specifically to shut down the Pats 2 yard pass offense, and it worked twice this season.
    The real competition in this game was not Brady vs Manning, but, Brady vs Wade Phillips. Wade Phillips won that competition hands down.

  11. restonraven says: Jan 25, 2016 9:47 AM

    Four “*” – no Super Bowl Titles without the stench of cheat around them. As a Ravens fan – I have a lot of respect for The Giants, Steelers, Bucs, Colts, Saints, Seahawks & Packers. The other franchises that won Super Bowls this century along with the Ravens. Teams that won with hard work, perseverance and playmaking on the field. The Patriots won their titles by cheating and trying to tilt the playing field. No legitimate titles. Four “*” – Good riddance.

  12. doctormantistoboggan says: Jan 25, 2016 9:49 AM

    Once again Bill kowtows to the greatest QB of all time.

    Going for 4th and 2 from his own 28 in 2009?

    Failed

    Not wanting Lord Manning to torch him on the opening drive yesterday?

    Failed

    Now he can spend offseason hunting Smurfs with Azrael.

  13. danielpravda says: Jan 25, 2016 9:50 AM

    Wow. The Pats couldn’t cheat their way to a win?

  14. cbass59 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:51 AM

    The Pats looked deflated after that loss yesterday.

  15. inbillwetrust says: Jan 25, 2016 9:52 AM

    coachsemanko says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:43 AM
    Pats are down by 8 points, 6 minutes to go, ball on the 17 yard line, and it’s 4th down….. what does Belichick do? Well, if he would have taken the points instead of being greedy, the Patriots are in their 2nd straight Super Bowl!
    BTW, the Patriots got the ball back 4 more times!

    *** 3 more times a-hat

  16. jchipwood says: Jan 25, 2016 9:52 AM

    A lot easier to cheat in foxboro than Denver huh Bill?

  17. pixelito says: Jan 25, 2016 9:52 AM

    Goodell wants Pats fans to know he’s sorry he won’t be handing you the Lombardi trophy this year.

    :0

  18. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 25, 2016 9:53 AM

    As longtime Bronco fan, I have learned to hate the Patriots and savor days like yesterday. Belichick not taking the easy excuse bait doesn’t make it easy though. Even when the Patriots lose they don’t fold.

  19. jchipwood says: Jan 25, 2016 9:54 AM

    Belichick declined to criticize the officials for a blown call early in the game, when they wrongly ruled a backward pass from Peyton Manning to be an incomplete forward pass. Although Belichick won his challenge and the Patriots got the ball on replay, the quick whistle was a mistake that went against New England.
    _________________________________

    What about the blown intentional grounding call on the patriots potential game winning drive. Ball barely was within two yards of the los and he definitely wasn’t outside the tackle box.

  20. bocabob12 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:55 AM

    did he actually bring up the headset thing?….lolol…cheaters lose. lolol

  21. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Jan 25, 2016 9:57 AM

    That’s too bad. I wanted to see how bellicheck and Brady stacked up against the panthers without videotapes of their practices. I guess we’ll never know.

  22. jssebastian2014 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:58 AM

    The game is won in the fourth quarter, not the first.

    Unless you’re playing the Cardinals. Then it’s probably won in the first quarter.

  23. streetyson says: Jan 25, 2016 9:59 AM

    It’s always a combination of factors and decisions (and luck). But, if you had to identify one thing, it must be the O-line which has been heavily patched and failing since week 9, and is the leading reason the Pats went 3-5 their last 8 (inc both playoff games). Part of that is bad luck with injuries (Pats & Giants comfortably had the worst injuries in the league this year), but you could maybe also argue that the Pats failed to ensure depth & retrenching/management of that line. I hope the Broncos aren’t fooled – their D is very good but the Pats O-line made them look even better.

  24. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 25, 2016 10:01 AM

    It’s really going to suck for Patriots fans when the appeals court upholds Brady’s suspension. Don’t be surprised when you read about Dorito Dink getting caught in a courthouse janitor’s closet with official documents and an eraser.

  25. mpcny says: Jan 25, 2016 10:02 AM

    I keep laughing thinking of the game techs on the sideline calling Microsofts 3rd world phone support and getting press one for English and your wait time is…

  26. oddte says: Jan 25, 2016 10:02 AM

    exoneratedbyscience says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:38 AM
    I must concede that Peyton is neck and neck with Brady for the GOAT. 1-3 in championship games is not a good record.

    ____________________________

    Manning will always lead him in some categories, and Manning is a great QB, one of the best ever, no doubt. The head to head matchup means little, but Peyton’s touchdown, passing and wins records are all incredible and Tom will likely never break any of those. For me, the question is who has had it better, Bronco/Colts fans with Manning or Patriots fans with Brady? It’s not even really close, is it? Even when losing in big games Tom has almost always kept it interesting until the end. Peyton has been a now show in the playoffs as often as not, yesterday’s win brought him to 13-13 for his career in the playoffs. Don’t really care for the Broncos, but I find Peyton likeable. Here’s hoping the Broncos don’t get embarrassed yet again in the superbowl.

  27. gmen05 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:08 AM

    Now that Brady lost to Manning, Manning will not get credit for being 3-1 against Brady in the AFC championship game. We’ll now have to hear from Patriots fans how it’s a team sport and that it’s not Brady vs Manning, it’s the Patriots vs Broncos. Something tells me had Brady won, we’d hear nonstop how Brady beat Manning, Brady owns Manning, Manning folds under pressure, etc. Do you know how I know that? It’s all we’ve heard these last ten years, and especially this last week before the game. No better way to judge which of the two legendary QBs is better than watching them play head-to-head and seeing who comes out on top. But yes, it’s a team sport. How convenient.

    3-1 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  28. phyrmun says: Jan 25, 2016 10:08 AM

    Most of all he regrets losing to Miami week 17.
    He did not have the Patriot bag of tricks in Denver.

  29. streetyson says: Jan 25, 2016 10:12 AM

    doctormantistoboggan says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:49 AM
    Once again Bill kowtows to the greatest QB of all time.
    Going for 4th and 2 from his own 28 in 2009? Failed.
    ——————-
    Actually, if you study that film you’d see the Pats just made those two yards but got a terrible spot in Indy.

  30. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 25, 2016 10:12 AM

    No excuses (a la Rexy or Tomlin) or whining (a la Grigson, Tomlin and Harbaugh) and still the guy gets trolled. Particularly amusing that Ravens and Steelers fans are doing it since in the same position their coaches would still be having a hissy fit.

    This just in: The Broncos were the better team on that field yesterday. They played fantastic D and made fewer mistakes therefore they won.

    As a NE fan I tip my cap to them and wish them well

  31. patstipoftheiceberg says: Jan 25, 2016 10:16 AM

    I think the counter espionage on display was priceless

  32. kleahy51gmailcom says: Jan 25, 2016 10:19 AM

    Enjoy yourselves, friends, but I’ll bet the Patriots are in the hunt again next year. Meanwhile, you all can get stoked about the Bears, Jaguars, Bills, Jets, whatever, and then you can kick back and watch the Patriots in the playoffs while your heros pack for home. Again.

  33. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 25, 2016 10:19 AM

    Belichick didn’t coach his finest game, but still has more class than Roger Goodell and the rest of the haters. (And more wins.)

  34. the8man says: Jan 25, 2016 10:20 AM

    6ball says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:35 AM
    It all started with Belichick’s perplexing decision to receive the opening kick. I couldn’t understand it then and I can’t understand it now.
    ——————————————————-
    I totally agree. On that and each of the times they opted to go for it on 4th down instead of attempting the short field goals, I looked at my wife and asked, “What the hell are they doing?”

    As much success as the Denver defense had, that game was very winnable by the Patriots. Just look at the stats. The Patriots defense was actually better.

    This loss is squarely on Belichick’s shoulders. It goes all the way back to the Eagles game where he opts for some silly onside kick while being up 14-0. And then the crazy decision to kick to the Jets in overtime in week 16. For whatever reason his decision making this year had some key flaws and that’s why they aren’t going to Super Bowl 50.

  35. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 25, 2016 10:22 AM

    BeliCHEAT would really like to have back his illegal cameras so he could have deciphered Wade’s defense sooner.

    Deflating day for cheat nation.

  36. exoneratedbyscience says: Jan 25, 2016 10:32 AM

    oddte says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:02 AM
    exoneratedbyscience says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:38 AM
    I must concede that Peyton is neck and neck with Brady for the GOAT. 1-3 in championship games is not a good record.

    ____________________________

    Manning will always lead him in some categories, and Manning is a great QB, one of the best ever, no doubt. The head to head matchup means little, but Peyton’s touchdown, passing and wins records are all incredible and Tom will likely never break any of those. For me, the question is who has had it better, Bronco/Colts fans with Manning or Patriots fans with Brady? It’s not even really close, is it? Even when losing in big games Tom has almost always kept it interesting until the end. Peyton has been a now show in the playoffs as often as not, yesterday’s win brought him to 13-13 for his career in the playoffs. Don’t really care for the Broncos, but I find Peyton likeable. Here’s hoping the Broncos don’t get embarrassed yet again in the Super Bowl.
    _________________________

    I get what you’re saying, and it’s been such a fun ride (and it isn’t over) but a lot of my fellow fans have been saying for years how great Tom is based mostly on the postseason. Don’t diminish the head to head now, just because it favors Manning. There’s no shame in considering them equally great. You disrespect the game when you do otherwise.

  37. realestateguy1983 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:34 AM

    Gotta share the hardware with other times. They’re be back next year, as always

  38. barryblogs says: Jan 25, 2016 10:36 AM

    Hate the Patriots as much as you want…but they don’t make excuses or whine when they are beaten. Denver outplayed and out coached us yesterday and deserved the win. Patriots will be back…hopefully with an offensive line that can block!

  39. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 25, 2016 10:42 AM

    Funny how no one cares about the tablets going offline. Oh that’s right, neither Trip or Harbawww were there:)

  40. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 25, 2016 10:44 AM

    The Patriots definitely should’ve kicked the field goals. Also, I’d never heard of Tom Brady before yesterday, but man, he is terrible. The officiating was pretty bad, too. The Patriots got away with at least 3 intentional grounding penalties.

  41. danm1978 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:44 AM

    the8man says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:20 AM
    6ball says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:35 AM
    It all started with Belichick’s perplexing decision to receive the opening kick. I couldn’t understand it then and I can’t understand it now.
    ——————————————————-
    I totally agree. On that and each of the times they opted to go for it on 4th down instead of attempting the short field goals, I looked at my wife and asked, “What the hell are they doing?”

    As much success as the Denver defense had, that game was very winnable by the Patriots. Just look at the stats. The Patriots defense was actually better.

    This loss is squarely on Belichick’s shoulders. It goes all the way back to the Eagles game where he opts for some silly onside kick while being up 14-0. And then the crazy decision to kick to the Jets in overtime in week 16. For whatever reason his decision making this year had some key flaws and that’s why they aren’t going to Super Bowl 50.
    —————————————————————–
    As a Broncos fan, my perspective is this. The Broncos offense was little to none……but the defense was lights out. He didn’t trust them to get back into a feasible TD range. Also, got to wonder what was going through Gostkowskis head.

  42. tajuara says: Jan 25, 2016 10:50 AM

    It all started with Belichick’s perplexing decision to receive the opening kick. I couldn’t understand it then and I can’t understand it now.

    —————————————————

    This was a good strategy that didn’t pay off. He was expecting to score a TD in the first drive (or maybe even a FG) and set the tone for the game forcing Manning to play from behind. His strategy didn’t pay out though, as the Broncos scored a TD in their first possesion.

  43. fordmandalay says: Jan 25, 2016 10:51 AM

    I’m sure that in the off-season there will be some rule changes that will help guarantee the Patriots don’t have the same problems again. First to go will be the new extra-point rules, back to the old way for sure.

  44. packmanfan says: Jan 25, 2016 10:52 AM

    When they can’t find a way to cheat in a visitor’s stadium, they will lose.

  45. packmanfan says: Jan 25, 2016 10:52 AM

    The hacker they hired went into the wrong tablets.

  46. glac1 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:54 AM

    Poor coaching decisions cost them the AFC Championship…..

  47. uptome26 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:54 AM

    Thank you Denver for defeating the mighty hoodie! A great day for (most) football fans.

  48. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 25, 2016 10:57 AM

    No practice films, no ball tampering, no headset jamming.
    Man, football is hard.

  49. laxcoach37 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:58 AM

    Wait… I thought he was a Genius?

    The Denver Broncos defense schooled you. Also, indirectly the Miami Dolphins were the beginning of your demise. You Pats Fans really want to stick to” they were resting their players to not get hurt” in Miami? The Dolphins smacked Brady around and cost you a game in Foxboro. Also, showed a blueprint of how to knock Brady around in his 3 step dink and dunk game. By the way, the same dink and dunk game you criticize Tannehill with. The Football worlkd can’t be happier that the 2 best teams in Football will face off in the SB. Cheating and easy AFC competition was your Dynasty.

  50. vegasgreek says: Jan 25, 2016 11:02 AM

    MUMBLES BELICHEAT KNOWS HIS RUN IS OVAH IN NE. THE PATSIES WILL NEVER EVER SNIFF ANOTHER SUPER BOWL TITLE. BOB KRAFT KNOWS HIS FAN BASE AND HE WON’T SPEND A DIME FOR MAJOR FREE AGENTS OR TO GET A TRACK SPEED WR TO CATCH THE BOMB . KRAFT KNOWS HE IS IN A WEAK AFC EAST DIVISION AND HIS PATSIES WILL WIN IT EVERY YEAR WITH EASE AND HIS FAN BASE WILL BE DELUDED IN TO THINKING ITS ANOTHER SUPER BOWL RUN. TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE CHEATERS PARTY IS OVER IN FOXOBORO .

  51. zombiepatriot says: Jan 25, 2016 11:03 AM

    I think even in a loss as a Patriots fan what makes me happy is to see…

    1) How as with every big loss Belichick and the Patriots don’t make excuses and they will credit the opposing team

    2) How all the idiots come out of the wood work to celebrate and gloat and call into question the 75% + winning percentage of the Patriots over the past 15 years

    It’s just a game and sometimes you win sometimes you lose and if your ultimate happiness is derived from the Patriots losing then maybe you need to evaluate your life decisions.

  52. mullman76 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:04 AM

    Turn out the lights, the party is over….

    Brady looked scared and Bill looked confused.

    It was a glorious Sunday.

    Crow, served over a bed of snow, is on the menu for patsy fans.

    Bring your own shovel.

  53. georgeremus says: Jan 25, 2016 11:04 AM

    Worse decision was the lay down effort against Miami….

  54. pats74 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:11 AM

    coachsemanko says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:43 AM
    Pats are down by 8 points, 6 minutes to go, ball on the 17 yard line, and it’s 4th down….. what does Belichick do? Well, if he would have taken the points instead of being greedy, the Patriots are in their 2nd straight Super Bowl!
    BTW, the Patriots got the ball back 4 more times!
    ———————————————————————
    Hindsight is always 20/20. As well as the Pats D played in the second half, there’s just no guarantee that they would get the ball back. Bottom line, they just didn’t deserve to win this game given how well Denver’s D played…and missed extra points or failed 4th down conversions, etc are not to blame. The fact that it still came down to the final seconds just tells you how unbelievable Brady is with the game on the line. Following up a SB championship with a trip to the AFC championship is nothing to hang heads over…and the Pats just might have another 1-2 runs left in them.

  55. oddte says: Jan 25, 2016 11:12 AM

    I get what you’re saying, and it’s been such a fun ride (and it isn’t over) but a lot of my fellow fans have been saying for years how great Tom is based mostly on the postseason. Don’t diminish the head to head now, just because it favors Manning. There’s no shame in considering them equally great. You disrespect the game when you do otherwise.

    __________________________

    It’s a flawed comparison in a lot of ways. Neither guy has one in the other guy’s house in the playoffs. Peyton just hasn’t held up his end of the bargain. The last four times the AFC championship was in Foxborough, Peyton didn’t make it, you really think he’s going to win more than one of those?

  56. slice60 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:13 AM

    Not getting a TD on the backward lateral is a moot point. New England scored a TD 2 plays later.

    There were 2 reviews in the game & both went in New England’s favor — the lateral & the inc pass/possible fumble on New England’s next to last drive.

    I am shocked that Patriot nation isn’t going crazy over Talib’s sneaky little jersey tug on the 4th down lob to Gronk in the back of the endzone. Good no-call — in the 4th Qtr, the refs let the players decide the game. That’s how it should be.

  57. fanboyarmy says: Jan 25, 2016 11:14 AM

    “Moving on to off-season.”

    #bradychoked

  58. slice60 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:17 AM

    All you guys who say that the Patriots never make excuses crack me up. you may be right about the players & coaches crediting the other team but PATRIOT NATION ALWAYS WHINES — even about a regular season LOSS from 6 years ago.
    ***
    streetyson says:Jan 25, 2016 10:12 AM

    doctormantistoboggan says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:49 AM
    Once again Bill kowtows to the greatest QB of all time.
    Going for 4th and 2 from his own 28 in 2009? Failed.
    ——————-
    Actually, if you study that film you’d see the Pats just made those two yards but got a terrible spot in Indy.

  59. All-American Voltron says: Jan 25, 2016 11:17 AM

    If the Patriots ever won a SB playoff game by going for it on 4th I wouldn’t be critical of these decisions, but they lost this game because of it, and lost the 2006 AFCCG the same way.

    Hey Bill, STOP GOING FOR IT ON 4TH!!! KICK THE FG!!!

  60. nhpats says: Jan 25, 2016 11:18 AM

    It’s funny reading posts from fans who support teams that are perennial losers. You guys kill me!

    As for the Broncos fans, hats off to you. Your team played their behinds off and knocked Brady around all game long….with basically a 3-man rush. It was an ugly thing to watch. Hopefully before our teams meet again next season the Patriots will bring in some new talent.

    Good luck against Carolina. From what I saw yesterday you will need it.

  61. slice60 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:19 AM

    Jim Irsay has a great “AFC Finalist” sign guy & Robert Kraft is calling Irsay right now to get that phone number.

  62. wallabear says: Jan 25, 2016 11:21 AM

    Bill Belichick and Matt Patrica (Pats DC) failed their team miserably. No way the Broncos should have scored more than 10 points. And Brady just got battered with the Pats’ “swiss-cheese” O-line: reminded me of the games of the Titans this past season, when Jeremiah Poutasi just let everyone get past him and pounce on poor Marcus (Mariota) SMH Well… we all know the Pats/Belichick will be back again next season, so no more tears, okay.

  63. slice60 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:25 AM

    All-American Voltron says:Jan 25, 2016 11:17 AM

    If the Patriots ever won a SB playoff game by going for it on 4th I wouldn’t be critical of these decisions, but they lost this game because of it, and lost the 2006 AFCCG the same way.
    ***
    I don’t remember a failed 4th down try in that game. You might be thinking of the 4th & 2 from his own 28 during the 2009 regular season.

  64. steelcurtainn says: Jan 25, 2016 11:26 AM

    This is what happens when you play with regulated footballs.

  65. mjd08501 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:28 AM

    Bill Belichick’s record as a head coach in games not started by Tom Brady: 51-60 regular season (5 years in Cleveland, the first year in New England with Bledsoe, and 15 games of Cassel), with one playoff appearance and a 1-1 playoff record.

    Another current NFL head coach, who has been a head coach for 7 seasons without the luxury of a hall of fame (or even competent for the most part) QB at any point: 54-58 regular season, with two playoff appearances and a 4-2 playoff record.

    Do you care to guess who this unnamed coach who has coached essentially the same amount of non-Brady started games as Belichick has and who has had more success in both the regular and post season is? Well folks, it is none other than REX RYAN.

    The point is, Belichick is not the genius coach that everyone makes him out to be, he is not the greatest coach of all time. He is a great defensive coordinator who lucked into having the best QB of all time fall into his lap late in the draft, and lucked into Mo Lewis knocking out Bledsoe. He’s a great defensive coordinator, and that’s it. Just like a guy like Rex Ryan. He’s a great defensive coordinator, but if you give him (or really half the head coaches in the league) the best QB to ever play they would also be able to have the same kind of success that the Patriots have had.

  66. cueghost says: Jan 25, 2016 11:29 AM

    They lost with class… for the most part.

  67. orrnumberfour says: Jan 25, 2016 11:39 AM

    Belichick and Brady showed tremendous class for the way they both gave Manning extended congrats at midfield at the end of the game.

  68. ikeclanton says: Jan 25, 2016 11:43 AM

    laxcoach37 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:58 AM
    Wait… I thought he was a Genius?

    The Denver Broncos defense schooled you. Also, indirectly the Miami Dolphins were the beginning of your demise. You Pats Fans really want to stick to” they were resting their players to not get hurt” in Miami?

    ———–

    They did. They tried to win without trying and it cost them home field throughout. They thought Miami would lay down with nothing on the line. If the Pats played Denver in Foxboro yesterday, they would have won, so ultimately it was a bad decision.

  69. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:46 AM

    “That’s too bad. I wanted to see how bellicheck and Brady stacked up against the panthers without videotapes of their practices.”

    A,. there were no tapes of the Panther’s practices, keep telling the lie if it makes you feel better.

    B, the Panthers that year were riddled with steroids, subject of a Federal investigation and had 3 of their players suspended at the start of the next year and probably another dozen that skated by without being caught. So don’t act like the Panthers of that season were choir boys and not cheating massively with steroids

  70. truthprofessor says: Jan 25, 2016 11:47 AM

    If Denver’s tablets had failed at Gillette,

    the story would be getting airtime on CNN & Fox,

    it would lead the network nightly news tonight,

    and it would have made Mark Brunell cry for the children

  71. iowahbr says: Jan 25, 2016 11:49 AM

    Belichick just needs to get Forte or some other back at that level and the Pats will be back to the final 8 or 4 next year. Beyond that requires both skill plus luck and hard to forecast luck.

  72. truetrue85 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:55 AM

    As a Pats fan I think it’s absolutely disgusting what some Patriots fans are saying to Stephen Gostkowski… people like that are an embarrassment to this team and fanbase. It wasn’t his fault, 1 point was the difference in the end, but it was the first quarter and they had plenty of opportunities to make that missed extra point meaningless. If you want to be mad at anybody, be angry at Bill Belichick for opting to leave 6 points on the field and go for it on 4th down not once but twice in field goal range. Those calls were perplexing to me as the Patriots’ defense was smothering Denver’s offense at that point and the Pats always take the points in those situations. Bottom line, it wasn’t Gostkowksi who lost the game… it was poor decision making on 4th down. You take 3 points even one of those times, and that touchdown to Gronk is the game winner and the Patriots are in their second super bowl in as many years. Though with that said, after seeing Carolina destroy Arizona last night… the Broncos may have done us a solid by taking that bullet in Santa Clara… NOBODY is beating the Panthers in the super bowl. The only remaining question is whether or not Peyton Manning will retire on another super bowl loss or come back for one more try?

  73. tim8450 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:55 AM

    mjd08501 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:28 AM
    Bill Belichick’s record as a head coach in games not started by Tom Brady: 51-60 regular season (5 years in Cleveland, the first year in New England with Bledsoe, and 15 games of Cassel), with one playoff appearance and a 1-1 playoff record.

    Sure, pick teams which BB just “inherited” in the first year or so he gets the job and see how the dinner comes out with someone else’s groceries?

    That makes sense.

    He took a doormat Cleveland team and got them to the playoffs in 3 years.

    He took Bobby Grier’s Patriots roster and rebuilt it.

    Ask yourself, what did Bill Parcells ever accomplish without BB? What did his assistant coaches and office personnel accomplish without BB?

    Answer: not much.

    He gets no credit for helping to develop Brady?

    Rex Ryan took a probowl defense and was historically and epically dismantled by this Patriots team at home when they had their starting oline and RB, among other players. TB was the only offensive starter to play all their games this year.

    He pulls RB off the scrap heap and turns them into probowlers. And, he has the winninest record of any coach or team since 2000. What year is it?

  74. jacunn2000 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:01 PM

    I was hoping for Denver and manning to win.
    But I still give the Patriots the proper respect they deserve. They are a Dynasty. They are considered one of the best franchises in NFL history.
    People that hate a team for winning are just plain old, sorry individuals.
    Patriots losing yesterday did not make my team or your team any better.

  75. fanboyarmy says: Jan 25, 2016 12:01 PM

    So, Pats Nation, where art thou?

    All last week we listened to your boasts that Sunday wouldn’t even be a game. NE would hang 50 on Denver. What happened? And please explain the GOATs 56 QB rating (Manning 90). Wasn’t Brady’s release so fast that the Denver pass rush wouldn’t touch him? Remember?

    And how about the whining how the refs would favor Denver? Hoch certainly threw his share of flags against Denver, yes?

    And why was Gronk so dehydrated? The weather was near freezing. Had he had too much the night before?

    Questions, questions, questions. Where are you Pat Nation?

  76. jjackwagon says: Jan 25, 2016 12:04 PM

    The Raiders & the Chiefs both beat the Broncos in Denver. And yet the Pats lost there, twice! If the Hoodie is the genius that he is alleged to be, he could have figured out how the Raiders & Chiefs did it.

  77. notmanning says: Jan 25, 2016 12:10 PM

    I kick the FG if I am BB. But that does not necessarily mean they end up winning the game. Play calls, etc…, would have been different from that point forward. The 4th down 40 yarder was a miracle, as was the 4th down touchdown. Neither should have happened, but they did. Pats ran out of miracles on the 2 point conversion. Helluva play by Talib.

  78. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 25, 2016 12:14 PM

    Discount Double Beli Check!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Should’ve kicked the FGs man and what was up with the opening kickoff?? Receiving???

  79. pats74 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:15 PM

    All-American Voltron says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:17 AM
    If the Patriots ever won a SB playoff game by going for it on 4th I wouldn’t be critical of these decisions, but they lost this game because of it, and lost the 2006 AFCCG the same way.

    Hey Bill, STOP GOING FOR IT ON 4TH!!! KICK THE FG!!!
    ——————————————————————–
    I don’t remember any 4th and 1 in the 2006 AFCCG. I do remember a 3rd and 4 in which a conversion would have sealed the game and Troy Brown ran a slightly incorrect route that resulted in an incompletion…and we know the rest of the story.

  80. barryblogs says: Jan 25, 2016 12:22 PM

    Pats Nation is here fanboyarmy. We lost a tough game. Our genius coach made terrible calls on fourth down and our offensive line was atrocious.
    We take it and move on. We’ll be back.

  81. craigkintexas says: Jan 25, 2016 12:28 PM

    Wade!!!!!

  82. rootpain says: Jan 25, 2016 12:30 PM

    It doesn’t matter what any of you Patriots haters say about Belichick, Brady or any of the Patriots, you are not going to take anything away from the Broncos victory. They fought hard and long in order to win the AFC championship and had to fight right up to the last play. They did it and they are in the SuperBowl. Congratulations to them. Nothing else needs to be said.

  83. davew128 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:33 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:54 AM

    What about the blown intentional grounding call on the patriots potential game winning drive. Ball barely was within two yards of the los and he definitely wasn’t outside the tackle box.
    ***************************
    I guess you missed the receiver the ball bounced into the hands of. If a receiver is in the area, the ball doesn’t have to reach LOS. It’s not like an official didn’t point to the nearby receiver after each and every incomplete pass that was clearly thrown away.

  84. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:35 PM

    Andrew Luck beat Denver this year and in Denver in the playoffs last year and took Carolina to overtime when the defense gave up the lead. Luck > Tammy hair plugs and UGGS Brady

  85. bullcharger says: Jan 25, 2016 12:40 PM

    silvernblacksabbath says:
    Jan 25, 2016 12:14 PM

    Discount Double Beli Check!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Should’ve kicked the FGs man and what was up with the opening kickoff?? Receiving???

    ————

    Agree on the kick off.

    At the time of the FG decision I wanted them to go for it. It didn’t look like they would get close enough to get a TD after that and really they barely did get that TD on two miracle 4th down plays. If they took the 3 and the game just ended on a Brady 4th down throw everyone would have been saying “why did they kick the 3”.

    Every decision is bad if it doesn’t work out.

    Almost tied it anyway, but really the game was lost in the first half. Good home teams don’t lose games they are leading at the half, especially by 8. Denver is 20-1 since 2012 when leading at the half.

  86. tedmurph says: Jan 25, 2016 12:41 PM

    Chippy, learn the rule book. You only have to get a pass to the line of scrimmage when you’re OUTSIDE the tackle box. When you’re inside the tackle box, and throw the ball at a RB’s feet, it’s not grounding.

  87. RE LEE says: Jan 25, 2016 12:45 PM

    Haters, that’s our coach and we are very proud of him. The team lost and he does not point a finger on anybody nor throw any of his players under the bus. He gives credit to the opposing teams win or lose.
    Some coaches whine and connive to get the Patriots in trouble, Spygate and Deflategate.
    He’ll fix the team’s problem instead of creating ones for other teams. That’s why the Patriots are perennial contenders. It will be exciting to see the Patriots compete again next season. Meanwhile, we Patriots fans will now enjoy the 2 best teams this year while haters still holds on to the Patriots. Pretty amusing…

  88. lanman11 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:47 PM

    Great franchise. Even when they don’t play well, they play well. Rarely do they get beat. When they do, conversations like this come up because they are usually in a position to win or tie the game in the end. What most people don’t acknowledge is that the Patriots never really complain or make excuses. They just don’t. I’ll never understand why more people don’t see how much higher of a standard this organization holds itself to than the average franchise. They are a prime example of American Excellence and Ingenuity. People may second guess them but I’ll ride with the guys that have delivered over a dozen division Championships, 10 Conference Championship games, 6 Super Bowls, and 4 Lombardi Trophy’s, and have come within whiskers of adding to the total several more times during the last 14 seasons. They won’t be going away. They’ll be back.

  89. bleck5 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:51 PM

    You Raven and Steeler fans are pathetic.

    Where were your teams yesterday? Oh right on the couch.

    Your coaches throw fits after every loss. Like most people in Pat nation we know we got outplayed yesterday and lost fair and square.

    We will be back.

  90. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 25, 2016 12:54 PM

    Belichick wishes he had a quarterback who wasn’t a coward. You know, someone who would complete a pass instead of ducking before he got hit.

  91. willycents says: Jan 25, 2016 12:58 PM

    I think it was extremely sad that the Patriots rested their starters in the Miami game because it never mattered per Patriots fans. It is also sad that they rested their offensive line and running backs in the Denver game in preparation for the SB. Right Pats fans?

  92. skawh says: Jan 25, 2016 1:08 PM

    That loudmouth fan base being humbled – priceless

    4 SB wins by 13 points is not a dynasty. It’s part luck having breaks go your way too. Aka “tuck rule.”

    Even dink and dunk couldn’t survive against that strong Denver front and complimentary defensive backfield.

    NE’s lucky too playing in non competitive division. When’s the East had two playoff teams, regularly, since Brady and Belechek teamed up?

  93. fishman518 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:11 PM

    haslamdrinkshisownpee says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:57 AM
    That’s too bad. I wanted to see how bellicheck and Brady stacked up against the panthers without videotapes of their practices. I guess we’ll never know.
    _______________

    Or against opponents who were later found to be on roids after carolina lost the superbowl. Yeah, that would have been good to see

  94. ejvyas says: Jan 25, 2016 1:12 PM

    coachsemanko says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:43 AM
    Pats are down by 8 points, 6 minutes to go, ball on the 17 yard line, and it’s 4th down….. what does Belichick do? Well, if he would have taken the points instead of being greedy, the Patriots are in their 2nd straight Super Bowl!
    BTW, the Patriots got the ball back 4 more times!
    ———————————————————————

    Don’t try to be Phil Simms. Its easy to over-analyze and criticize after the game is over. It was the right decision to go for 4th down. Otherwise with FG Pats would NOT have gotten good field position. Maybe it would be 20-15 or 20-18.

  95. bridgeh2o says: Jan 25, 2016 1:13 PM

    Brady is 1-3 against Peyton in the playoff games that mean the most-AFC Championship games.

    Tom Brady is 0-2 against Eli Manning in Super Bowls.

    That is a 1-5 record in the most meaningful games when they he plays the Mannings.

    Hmmm…..who is the GOAT??

    Probably Montana.

  96. fishman518 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:13 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jan 25, 2016 12:54 PM
    Belichick wishes he had a quarterback who wasn’t a coward. You know, someone who would complete a pass instead of ducking before he got hit.

    _________________

    Or “give himself up” and dive to the ground when no one was there only to get up and throw a completed pass.

  97. Norseman says: Jan 25, 2016 1:15 PM

    Patriots offensive line is what cost them.

    To be honest, it says a lot that they made it as far as they did with such a poor offensive line and no running game.

    Brady carried them all season, but couldn’t do it against the top defense in the league.

  98. daytontriangles says: Jan 25, 2016 1:18 PM

    Playing with a patchwork O-Line.

    Got hit 20 times, the most any QB has suffered since 2006.

    Kicker misses an extra point for the first time in over 500 attempts.

    Loud pumped up Denver crowd forces them to use a silent snap count.

    Two failed 4th down conversions when the FG points could have given them the lead in the end.

    And yet, in spite of all of this, Brady and the Patriots were one tipped pass away from sending the game to overtime and a possible win.

    All the credit in the world to the Broncos. They played a hell of a game and deserved the win. But the Patriots were not the Cardinals on Sunday. They were in the game until the final snap.

  99. dynaco says: Jan 25, 2016 1:26 PM

    Even if the Pats had tied the game, they would botch the OT coin toss.

  100. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 25, 2016 1:45 PM

    Wondering what Hater nation will do now that they don’t have NE to gripe about? I wonder if they possess the ability to cheer for a team instead of against one?

  101. tedmurph says: Jan 25, 2016 1:54 PM

    The Oline was overmatched yesterday. It was a bad combination of injuries and having to throw green rookies in there. They’ve started addressing it already. They extended Vollmer and Solder. They drafted 5 guys over the last 2 yrs and added JKline. They should be ok with another piece or 2 and a decent RB. They’ll be back. It is a concern, like in the 2007 SBowl, that the coaches couldn’t adjust to at least slow Denver down.

    Can’t go to the Super Bowl every year, but they had a good season. Especially under the circumstances.

    All the gloaters…you’re pathetic. Waiting all year to take your shots, as if you won something. When your teams were eliminated weeks ago. Bunch of tools.

  102. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 25, 2016 1:55 PM

    “It is what it is,” Belichick said. “It’s a pretty common problem. We have ways of working through it. There’s really nothing you can do. It’s not like the headsets where the other side’s really affected. You deal with what you deal with. We’ve had it at home, we’ve had it on the road, other teams have had it. It’s a fairly common problem. That didn’t affect the outcome of the game. I mean, no way.”

    In stark comparison to Harbaugh, Tomlin and everyone from Indy, this is how a man reacts to a loss where many things didn’t go his way.

    Not the refs fault
    Not technology
    Not accusations of cheating
    Not excuses

    As I said 6 weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised the Pats made it as far as they did. Any other team that went through this would be caterwauling as was the case last year.

    That will resume next week. Sorry Cam, when you win a lot of the same people who would have been on your side vs NE will be calling you out for dancing.

    Or, is the fix really in? Peyton sendoff a la Ray Lewis perhaps?

  103. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 25, 2016 1:58 PM

    bridgeh2o says:
    Jan 25, 2016 1:13 PM
    Brady is 1-3 against Peyton in the playoff games that mean the most-AFC Championship games.

    Tom Brady is 0-2 against Eli Manning in Super Bowls.

    That is a 1-5 record in the most meaningful games when they he plays the Mannings.

    Hmmm…..who is the GOAT??

    Probably Montana.

    Yeah, ’cause he would have won with that Oline. smh

  104. rootpain says: Jan 25, 2016 1:59 PM

    I think it’s reasonable that we Patriots fans sit silently on the side and let the haters crow for awhile. After all, we only have to do it maybe once or twice a year, every couple of years. That’s their existence for over 50% of the year, every year, for decades at a time. Ouch.

  105. laxcoach37 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:01 PM

    georgeremus says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:04 AM
    Worse decision was the lay down effort against Miami….

    ____________________________

    It was not a “lay down”. The Dolphins have won 3 straight years in a row against the Pats when in Miami. The Fins stopped the run, blanketed Gronk and blitzed Brady all afternoon. Hmmm… kinda like yesterday’s Broncos game and the Fins D is not even close to the talent of the Denver D.

  106. hehateme2 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:01 PM

    Manning > brady… not even close.

  107. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 25, 2016 2:30 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:54 AM
    Belichick declined to criticize the officials for a blown call early in the game, when they wrongly ruled a backward pass from Peyton Manning to be an incomplete forward pass. Although Belichick won his challenge and the Patriots got the ball on replay, the quick whistle was a mistake that went against New England.
    _________________________________

    What about the blown intentional grounding call on the patriots potential game winning drive. Ball barely was within two yards of the los and he definitely wasn’t outside the tackle box.


    It’s not IG if there’s a receiver in the area, which there was.

  108. fireroger says: Jan 25, 2016 2:33 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:33 AM
    The four sweetest words in the English language:

    the Patriots are out!
    ============
    I must have missed the whining about how the wireless communications used for the tablets were the responsibility of the home team?!?!?!? Maybe because it’s the frequency coordinators that work for the NFL that you insist aren’t responsible for headsets either.

  109. fireroger says: Jan 25, 2016 2:38 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Jan 25, 2016 10:57 AM
    No practice films, no ball tampering, no headset jamming.
    Man, football is hard.
    ===================
    The lost by 2 points, right?

  110. bigace73 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:41 PM

    Say what you will..Im a 30 year fan of the Broncos. But that was an outstanding game. It shouldn’t have came down to the wire the way it did & look as close. The reason it did was because Denver’s conservative Head Coach failed to even try to move the ball the last 2 posessions in the 4th qtr….not an attempt for a 1st down. It could have costed them the game & thats exactly why im not a fan of Kubiak. Thank you WADE PHILLIPS for carrying this awesome team yesterday & most of the year…

  111. daytontriangles says: Jan 25, 2016 2:44 PM

    I’m proud of the Patriots making it as far as they did. You can’t win the Superbowl every season. That being said…

    For the last half decade, my team has played 18+ game seasons.

    My team almost always gets two bye weeks instead of one. The second is during wildcard week.

    Last year, they beat the best defense in the League to win the Superbowl. This year, again against the best defense in the League, and with a shattered O-Line, they came within a play of forcing overtime and possibly making it to the Superbowl again.

    An exhaustive search of all of the official NFL statistics and records still fails to show a single asterisk next to any of my team’s accomplishments. This is unlikely to ever change.

    So yeah, we lost the game yesterday. But I wouldn’t trade the last 15 years for any other team or fan-base.

  112. firecracker87 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:46 PM

    NFL wanted Manning to win. Behind the scenes arm twisting forcing the Pats to act like their playing the game but make obvious sandbagging calls/plays to appease the NFL.

    Manning is a better feelgood story (i.e. it’s his last shot, blah, blah, blah) than Tom Brady (he’s got a lot of gas left in the tank).

    Welcome to the WWE.

  113. djvh2 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:47 PM

    Brady didn’t look so good when he didn’t have all day to throw.

  114. bigace73 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:49 PM

    Furthermore, hats off to the Pats, the ONLY team I thought would give the Broncos problems, & say what you will, Brady & Belichek are 2 intelligent minds & i dont think the “cheating” ever helped them as much as alot of you choose to believe. The Pats ARE among history’s greats…& Denver beat them.

  115. dejc421 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:54 PM

    lanman11 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 12:47 PM

    Great franchise. Even when they don’t play well, they play well. Rarely do they get beat. When they do, conversations like this come up because they are usually in a position to win or tie the game in the end. What most people don’t acknowledge is that the Patriots never really complain or make excuses. They just don’t. I’ll never understand why more people don’t see how much higher of a standard this organization holds itself to than the average franchise. They are a prime example of American Excellence and Ingenuity. ….
    ___________________
    Anyone with an ounce of football knowledge would acknowledge that and its validated by their peers and other coaches in the NFL.
    The Pats are no different than other teams that established a winning legacy, e.g, Packers, Raiders, Cowboys, Steelers, 49ers, etc. … if you win over a long period of time you are the villain and hated. If the Panthers establish themselves as perennial winners, they can look forward to the same and accusations about cheating, drugs, etc. Goes with the territory. If it was my team, I’ll take being the villain every time.

  116. jrterrier5 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:11 PM

    The worst part about the corrupt NFL witch hunt of Tom Brady in Deflategate, is that all these people who apparently don’t know how the Ideal Gas Law works, make all these ignorant and hateful comments about a team and its great athletes, including one of the greatest — Tom Brady.

    Unless Belichick is given his walking papers, as soon as Brady retires, I’m done with the NFL.

  117. revelation123 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:19 PM

    “So yeah, we lost the game yesterday. But I wouldn’t trade the last 15 years for any other team or fan-base.”
    —————

    Now about those cheating scandals…

  118. jrterrier5 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:21 PM

    *** Oops didn’t mean Belichick — Freudian slip. I’m so ticked at Belichick for going for it on 4th down with 6 minutes to go. I meant unless Goodell is fired, I’m through with corrupt NFL after Brady retires.

    Maybe I’ll wait for Gronk & Edelman to retire also.

  119. zygizag says: Jan 25, 2016 3:32 PM

    THINK OF BUYING A TABLET

    Microsoft has made a pretty convincing display that it should not be theirs. And they paid for that ability too.

  120. davew128 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:54 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 2:47 PM

    Brady didn’t look so good when he didn’t have all day to throw.
    ******************
    Name a QB who does.

  121. swagger52 says: Jan 25, 2016 4:21 PM

    After the game, did Bill Bellichek first tell Steven Goatkowski, or did Goatkowski tell Bellichek to “Do Your Job”?

  122. swagger52 says: Jan 25, 2016 4:23 PM

    Ravens fans have to endure Brady’s stats every time we are in the playoffs. Why doesn’t Brady have to endure Flacco stats ever time NE is in the Playoffs?

    How many away playoff games has Brady won?
    Gee…Brady has the same amount as Andy Dalton.
    Flacco has 7, 2 in NE.

  123. seahawksbmx says: Jan 25, 2016 4:28 PM

    Preaching to the choir, William.

  124. iowahbr says: Jan 25, 2016 4:31 PM

    I’m a Bears fan and Belichek seems like a stand-up guy to me. the game was fun to watch at the end and he had guts to make the calls he did. Posters here seem to forget that there were 28 NFL teams who did worse than the Pats this year.

    Regardless of all that the game was not lost because of a missed PAT and if you feel otherwise you should just keep watching more sewing shows instead of NFL football. You’ll be great at calling the dropped stiches.

  125. wordzhurt says: Jan 25, 2016 4:33 PM

    One must lead a really sad life to take so much joy in a football team losing a game.

    Great game by Denver’s defense yesterday. They couldn have played straight cover 2 all day and it wouldn’t have mattered between Miller, Ware, Wolfe and Jackson. The front four played the best game I’ve seen against the NE since the ’07 Giants.

    Why McDaniels didn’t bother to chip either of the outside rushers still has me shaking my head. (Why not go 12 personnel with Williams and beat Miller up a little bit in the first quarter – ditto with Steven Jackson). They tried to overwork the White ‘mismatch’, but for it to be a mismatch White has to learn to catch the wheel route. Maybe he can take a class with Scott Chandler on catching sideline throws.

    C’est la vie. Good luck Broncos fans, and thanks for saving us from the Panther beat down.

  126. ebdug says: Jan 25, 2016 4:38 PM

    Going for it on 4th was the correct call. Belichick blew it last month when he deferred the ball in OT to the Jets, and subsequently blew the HFA.

  127. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 5:00 PM

    zygizag says:
    Jan 25, 2016 3:32 PM

    THINK OF BUYING A TABLET

    Microsoft has made a pretty convincing display that it should not be theirs. And they paid for that ability too.
    ————————————-

    Depends on what the issue was. If it was wireless communication, well the NFL has trouble with that all of the time with the headsets.

  128. aptpupil77 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:33 AM

    Hate the Patriots as much as you want…but they don’t make excuses or whine when they are beaten. Denver outplayed and out coached us yesterday and deserved the win. Patriots will be back…hopefully with an offensive line that can block!

    ————————

    Their players whine all game. Literally all game. Atleast on offense. They probably dont have any left in them after the game.

  129. aptpupil77 says: Jan 26, 2016 6:23 AM

    Wondering what Hater nation will do now that they don’t have NE to gripe about? I wonder if they possess the ability to cheer for a team instead of against one?

    ————————-

    Soon enough it will not matter. Brady isnt getting any younger, nor is belichik. Then the nfl scene will revert back to its natural state pre 2000 and real pats fans will be few and far between. Maybe a move to Connecticut or something.👍

  130. swagger52 says: Jan 26, 2016 8:23 AM

    The worst part about the corrupt NFL witch hunt of Tom Brady in Deflategate, is that all these people who apparently don’t know how the Ideal Gas Law works, make all these ignorant and hateful comments about a team and its great athletes, including one of the greatest — Tom Brady.

    Unless Belichick is given his walking papers, as soon as Brady retires, I’m done with the NFL.

    _________

    No surprise, NE has a lot of fair-weather fans.

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