Brady on coin flip: If offense was playing better, decision would be different

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick elected to kick off to start overtime on Sunday afternoon, giving the ball to the Jets rather than quarterback Tom Brady at a moment when a Jets touchdown would end the game without the Patriots having a chance to answer.

It’s not the first time Belichick has made that choice, he did the same in a 2013 game against the Broncos, and it isn’t a call that rankled Brady. Brady pointed out that the offense had not played well against the Jets. The Patriots neither scored a touchdown nor converted a third down until the fourth quarter, which left Brady with no argument against Belichick’s decision.

“No, I’m not offended at all,” Brady said on “Dennis & Callahan” on WEEI. “We had a situation in Denver this year where we got the ball and we didn’t do anything with it. We kicked it to them on a short field. Like I said, we haven’t exactly inspired our coach to throw our offense out there to say, ‘Go score a touchdown and win the game.’ So I don’t blame him. If we were playing a lot better offensively I’m sure his decision would have been different. But if we’re not doing much as an offense, that’s just the way it goes. We had plenty of other opportunities for us to go out there and do something, get the ball, score points, get it in the end zone. You’re right, we did put it together there the last drive of [regulation]. But that was our only real scoring drive of the day.”

It was a rough day for Brady and the offense, which had to deal with both a strong Jets defense and the loss of left tackle Sebastian Vollmer from a unit already dealing with a lot of missing pieces. They hope to have those pieces back by the time they play their first playoff game in the divisional round and Sunday’s performance was an illustration of why they need them.

101 responses to “Brady on coin flip: If offense was playing better, decision would be different

  1. The Patriots offense only scored 13 points through 4 quarters. I agree with Brady. It was a good choice by Belichick. Just didn’t work out.

  2. I don’t know why so many people are freaking out over this loss. I’m the biggest Pats fan you’ll ever meet and I could care less. This team is riddle with injuries, was playing on the road in a hostile environment against a desperate team that needed the win more than anything… and still took this game to OT. Patriots didn’t need to win this game, they still own the #1 seed and will lock it up with an easy win over a Miami team that quit 3 weeks ago. Pats were finishing 13-3 this year whether they beat the Jets or not because had they won yesterday we’d basically be looking at a meaningless preseason game next week. I for one am actually kind of happy the Jets won yesterday because now I get to see the first meaningful Patriots game in week 17 in who knows how long.

  3. receivers were not getting separation, la fell disappeared, the only real drive was the drive to tie the game.

    saw interesting tactics by belichick, fair catches on almost all punts, content to end first half, stupid end arounds and flea flicker attempts.

    weird

    i think the playoffs will be a little different

  4. Hope this is the down hill slide of the by GOD patsies the darlings on the NFL & we’ll see all the rats that will leave the sinking ship!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!

  5. can anyone fathom how busted up that pats team is……and they are 1 win from locking up home field in the whole AFC?????!!!!…….insane!!!! brady is the MVP of the league….wont win it but he is the MVP!!! BB is also coach of the year too….wont win it……

    pats vs. chiefs …….panthers vs Arizona

    pats vs Arizona for the big one in san fran

    pats win back to back

    and I hope the pats do what mark Cuban did in not taking the trophy from that criminal goodell….

  6. Is everyone just missing the issue here? Its not that the Patriots wanted to kick off, its that they did it incorrectly. If they wanted to kick they should have either deferred or selected what direction they wanted to defend. Then the Jets choose the ball. But because they choose to kick, the made the Jets choice of the ball for them and allowed the Jets to then choose the side. That’s the problem with what went down. The Patriots gave the Jets both options because they didn’t understand how the coin flip process works.

  7. “Like I said, we haven’t exactly inspired our coach to throw our offense out there to say, ‘Go score a touchdown and win the game.’ So I don’t blame him. If we were playing a lot better offensively I’m sure his decision would have been different. But if we’re not doing much as an offense, that’s just the way it goes. We had plenty of other opportunities ”

    Leadership. That’s owning it right there. Tee off all you like hateroids but TB12 is the GOAT and all the jealous hatred that poisons your days can’t change that.

  8. jainter

    Is everyone just missing the issue here? Its not that the Patriots wanted to kick off, its that they did it incorrectly.
    ===================

    you are correct, the referee said you won, “do you want to kick”, never said what do you want to do, so once they said kick he never gave them the option to defend which side, not that it mattered as the kickoff went through the end zone.

  9. there is ZERO justification for this. Worst case scenario, your offense gets stopped and u have to rely on your Defense. Why make your Defense do all the work? Dont you have the “goat”???? One of the “best clutch qb’s”, yet you think the team should put this game in the hands of the defense??? WOW- pure delusion. No team on earth wouldnt want the chance to end the game immediately and not give the other team even a chance.

  10. Shady falling to the ground all day before getting hit was pathetic.

    He should take his deflated balls to a flag football league.

  11. lscottman3 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:16 PM

    He said Bellichek told him THREE times that they want to kick if they win the coin toss. This had NOTHING to do with the refs….. Bellichek told him to choose to kick. No matter what the ref said, the pat’s were kicking the ball. It’s literally INSANE that you pats fans can never admit fault. If my team did this i would put on here “we are idiots! why not go for the win? we have nothing to lose by receiving and EVERYTHING to gain”.

  12. Rule change coming. After the Patsies lost in overtime, Bob Costas was doing his lamentations after the game crying how unfair it is to them to have not gotten the ball at least once in overtime because the other team scored a td.
    Now, along with crying about the injuries, the refs, the weather, the now the Pastie fans cry about the rules….LMAO

    *2-3 with inflated balls since the weather turned cold

  13. the strategy was the defrense would stop the jets first drive and then the pats only wolud need a field goal.

    based on the percentages that in most OT’s the first drive is stopped, it was not a terrible idea.

  14. 17 players on IR (perhaps 18 with Vollmer’s injury). 5 left tackles in 15 games. Still 12-3 with a guaranteed bye. This team deserves a lot of credit.

  15. Belichick defers coin tosses because playimg with or a against the wind is a bigger factor in his eyes than who has the ball. They didnt defer they chose to kick so the Jets got to pick their side. That was the issue. Regardless, I find this strategic when entering the game, I think its overthinking when its overtime. You have arguably the greatest qb on your side, you dont risk that he may not be able to touch the ball, even on a day when the offense is playing poorly. I think Brady played fine, the line and receievers (aside from Gronk and White) were terrible

  16. This Pats fan really did not want to see overtime and was disappointed when Belichick did not go for two after the late TD. If the Pats had made two, then maybe the Pats make a play on defense and win the game in regulation. If they miss, at least no one else gets injured during an overtime in a game that was not must win for the Pats.

    Now that we know what their overtime strategy was, it is even more surprising that BB did not go for two in regulation after the late TD.

    Still, 9 AFC Championship appearances, 6 Super Bowl appearances, 4 Super Bowl wins and a chance to add to those numbers over the last 15 seasons. BB and Brady are not perfect, but they are the closest the NFL has to perfect.

  17. I don’t have a problem with Belichick’s decision. The defense was playing well and had held the Jets down for most of the game. Put them out there, hope they get a stop and then you just need to get into field goal range to have a good shot at a win. Just didn’t work out this time.

    And the confusion was because Blakeman assumed the Patriots wanted to decide to kick or not when Slater wanted to choose the direction rather than what to do with the ball. Choosing the side would have then let the Jets choose what to do with the ball. Just a miscommunication, but Blakeman needed to pay better attention or asked Slater to clarify what he meant rather than just assuming

  18. I understand the logic when Belichick always defers when the Patriots win the game opening coin toss.

    But it seems like statistically if a team always elects to receive, over a period of time, that team will possess the ball more times, leading to scoring more points.

    Are the Patriots really shooting themselves in the foot over the long run, by leaving points on the table?

  19. You’re all missing it here…..they already knew the Steelers lost, they DO NOT want to face them come playoffs…..they threw the game to let the Jets get the upper hand, and hope next week takes care of itself. This was all about playoff seeding…..at least that’s my two cents.

  20. And why did NE essentially take a knee at the end of the first half, with over a minute left to play and 2 timeouts?

  21. It was probably a mildly bad decision by BB to kick rather than receive, but only slightly. ESPN did an analysis on their odds of winning with kicking rather than receiving, and it’s pretty close to pick-em, especially if the offense isn’t playing great, or the wind is an issue.

  22. An article written by the NY Times in 2011 (when peyton was good)………

    “No matter. No N.F.L. coach worth his polyester shorts would not consider trying to score a touchdown on the opening drive of overtime with Manning as his quarterback.”

    I guess Bill doesnt have that faith in the “goat”.

  23. It’s funny how everyone is trying to play it off like it was a good call just because it’s Belichick. Any other coach would have been crucified. It was a stupid call and very possibly cost them the game.

  24. The only confusion was that Matt wasn’t sure about direction. The choice to kick was the right one. Jets hadn’t moved the ball in the 2nd half so you hold them to 3 and out then a FG wins it. As long as you don’t give up 40 yard pass plays it’s a good plan. Better than not scoring then giving the Jets a shot at a FG.

    But hey, youse guys are all smaaahtah than Bill. It’s amazing he’s done this well, being such an idiot and all.

  25. mattwalshvideo says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:17 PM
    Shady falling to the ground all day before getting hit was pathetic.
    ________

    Brady knows that avoiding injury and getting after Lombardi number 5 is more important than extending the play to try and get a first down in a near meaningless game (for the Pats.)

    I for one was happy to see him taking a seat and avoiding the hit. I wish Gronk would do the same. It will be a different story in the playoffs.

    Brady’s ability to understand the “big picture” even in the middle of a single play, and not caring about throwing the ball away or taking a sack if there’s nothing there… It’s just one of the things that make him better than your quarterback.

  26. It is inconventional to kick in OT but the pats reasons were pretty legit. The pats defense had forced two 3 and out drives in the 4th quarter already. The pats offense managed only one TD the entire game and that was on a desperation drive at end of game which included a fourth and one and a fourth and nine conversion. If defense can force a 3 and out, then brady gets ball at approx. their 40 and only needs a FG to win.

  27. mattwalshvideo says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:17 PM
    Shady falling to the ground all day before getting hit was pathetic.

    So he’s supposed to wait and get crushed to prove to you what a man he is?

    How’s that working out for other QB’s

  28. Otherwise read as:

    If I got to control the inflation level of the ball, we would have went for it. Since I can’t, the team isn’t scoring like previous years.

  29. So tired of the Pats (jealous) haters. And I’m a Dolphins fan.

    Deflate-gate was proved to be a joke, Spygate was so overblown — the only ones who disagree don’t have a grasp of what actually happened, Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all time, Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time, and the Patriots are one of the best dynasties of all time. The haters are just going to have to deal with it.

    Also, this is a great response by Brady. It’s all class, well thought out, and another reason why I don’t understand how he is so disliked. It’s all jealousy. Everyone wishes their team was everything the Pats are.

  30. The strategy wasn’t that ridiculous. They kicked deep, the Jets started at their 20, and went 3 and out. But, the officials threw a flag on the 3rd down incompletion, giving them a first down via Defensive Pass Interference. Was it a questionable call? In my opinion it was. But it happened, and that’s how it goes. Had that flag not been thrown, the Jets punt, and the Patriots get the ball at their own 40. Needing only 30 yards for the best kicker in football to kick a game winning field goal. It didn’t work out for the Patriots, but it wasn’t that big of a deal to choose to kick in that situation. The only mistake was that instead of choosing kick, they should have let the Jets choose to receive, by choosing which end they wanted to defend

  31. We all know Belichick thinks more moves ahead than any other coach, period. That’s exactly what he was doing here. If it turned out OK and they won, he would accept the victory. It didn’t and he accepts the loss.
    But what was lost? Not much. They are in the playoffs, they have a bye and odds are still in their favor they get home field advantage. And, he has proven yet again that you can never second guess him.
    Brady is Brady. He’s the Goat, end of discussion.
    Fat lady hasn’t sung yet folks. When she does, you’ll be seeing Kraft and Belichick walking off SB50 stage with the Lombardi and Goodell babbling something about integrity on the sidelines.

  32. I dont care how bad the Patriots offense was playing. You dont give the ball to your opponent when you are going into sudden death OT.

  33. A PC comment by the biggest fraud in sports today. Brady is an accomplished liar and the fans are lemmings that would follow him off the cliff…..hilarious.

  34. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:55 PM
    Annual winter collapse continues.

    I know, that sucks that the Bills come out strong every year then start to suck down the stretch.

  35. Sooooo..Now the Pats fans are saying the game did not matter. The Knee at the end of the first half, coupled with the call on the coin toss in ot, says Belichek and Brady threw the game. Wonder how much they made from Vegas to throw it??????
    Absolutely despicable for a coach and qb to INTENTIONALLY throw an NFL game for the money Vegas paid them.

  36. their offense just had the drive of the game to tie it at 20. they had all the momentum. deferring made no sense at all. the jets were toast if the pats got the ball. i thought the season was over when the pats won the coin toss. still can’t believe they deferred.

  37. “If I got to control the inflation level of the ball, we would have went for it. Since I can’t, the team isn’t scoring like previous years.”

    SMH the level of stupidity of the Pats haters is mind boggling. Brady has torched almost every team he’s faced with “fully inflated balls”.

    Which by the way, yesterday if they started the game inflated at 12.5 psi indoors they would have been under that before the first quarter was even finished, it was not that warm a day.

    Keep whining about psi like a little girl that just dropped her lolly in the sand though.

  38. jtainter23 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:11 PM

    Is everyone just missing the issue here? Its not that the Patriots wanted to kick off, its that they did it incorrectly. If they wanted to kick they should have either deferred or selected what direction they wanted to defend.
    *********************
    There is nothing to defer in overtime…

  39. willycents says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:07 PM

    Sooooo..Now the Pats fans are saying the game did not matter. The Knee at the end of the first half, coupled with the call on the coin toss in ot, says Belichek and Brady threw the game. Wonder how much they made from Vegas to throw it??????
    Absolutely despicable for a coach and qb to INTENTIONALLY throw an NFL game for the money Vegas paid them.
    _____________________

    Don’t be an idiot. No one has said they “threw the game”. They aren’t the Colts. Why drive down the field and tie the game, force the game into OT, and then just lay down and lose??? If they wanted to lose they wouldn’t have tried so hard to tie the game. Jimmy G would have played the second half, etc. They tried to win with the JV team, and almost pulled it off. The point is, the loss doesn’t matter if the Patriots handle their business against Miami. You people that hate the Pats are beyond DENSE. Take your head out for a few minutes

  40. New England threw game! They would rather beat up on Jtes in playoffs and not face Steelers. If any other coach would have done that everyone would want him fired!

  41. .
    @nofool

    A PC comment by the biggest fraud in sports today. Brady is an accomplished liar and the fans are lemmings that would follow him off the cliff…..hilarious.
    ——–

    Actually, what’s hilarious is the Steelers losing to Ryan Mallet and the Ravens with everything on the line. Talk about spitting the bit !!!
    .

  42. willycents says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:20 PM
    Rule change coming. After the Patsies lost in overtime, Bob Costas was doing his lamentations after the game crying how unfair it is to them to have not gotten the ball at least once in overtime because the other team scored a td.
    Now, along with crying about the injuries, the refs, the weather, the now the Pastie fans cry about the rules….LMAO

    *2-3 with inflated balls since the weather turned cold

    _________________________________________

    Actually, the three games they lost were 56, 44, and 21 degrees. They’ve won 6 games at 54, 54, 53, 52, 39, and 28. Nice try, though.

  43. the strategy was the defrense would stop the jets first drive and then the pats only wolud need a field goal.

    *****************

    First logical response that’s exactly the thought process whether someone agrees or not it should be based on this information. Patriots can only get field goal at best so must stop Jets either way .
    BB knowing his team having a bad day . I want to know why not go for Two ?

  44. I love that the Pats are 12-3 and fans of other teams flock to Pats comment sections to gloat about a loss…they will either be the first or second seed in the AFC with a team decimated by injuries. Any other team in the league would be lucky to sniff .500 losing key players like the Pats have. Edelman and Amendola are two of TB’s top targets and their 2 starting safeties were out too. Even then it took the Jets overtime at home to pull the game out. Please…..feel free to flap your gums. Pats fans will get to enjoy watching another playoff run. If they don’t win it all like they did last year? No biggie – we know that once again next season they’ll be back competing for a title.

  45. I am not remotely a Brady fan, as I think he has the class of Colin Kaepernick and is blessed with an awesome coach. But I am taking my hat off and saluting him today. Typically he mopes and doesn’t take responsibility for anything. Today he called it like it is. He’s right – they weren’t on their game.

    Now if the media could figure that out….

  46. Wow..I have never seen Brady look so off when throwing down the field. For the last several years, you could pick them off, but now they are badly off target.

  47. willycents says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:07 PM
    Sooooo..Now the Pats fans are saying the game did not matter. The Knee at the end of the first half, coupled with the call on the coin toss in ot, says Belichek and Brady threw the game. Wonder how much they made from Vegas to throw it??????
    Absolutely despicable for a coach and qb to INTENTIONALLY throw an NFL game for the money Vegas paid them.

    I seem to recall that the line was 3 so if they won with a FG vegas still wins, right?

    Want to rethink that line of “reasoning”?

  48. gacoltfan says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:59 PM
    Hard to consider someone the GOAT when his coach doesn’t trust him with the ball in OT.

    You need more than one player there Einstein. Did you actually watch the game?

  49. fugginswheat says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:34 PM
    You’re all missing it here…..they already knew the Steelers lost, they DO NOT want to face them come playoffs…..they threw the game to let the Jets get the upper hand, and hope next week takes care of itself. This was all about playoff seeding…..at least that’s my two cents.
    —————–

    Or….the Jets were the better team. Occam’s Razor

  50. daysend564 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:44 PM
    Otherwise read as:

    If I got to control the inflation level of the ball, we would have went for it. Since I can’t, the team isn’t scoring like previous years.

    People complain about Al Jazeera, just goes to show you need not have a clue to post here. You think that maybe, just maybe missing as many starters as the Pats have out that might have had a little bit to do with the way this played out?

    But we know Joe Montana went out there all alone, 1 man against 11 and won every time by shutout since he also played defense alone.
    smh

  51. rootpain says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:38 PM
    See willy, that’s why the Patriots are walking away with SB50. Your reaction is similar to opposing coaches and players. No one said the game did not matter. Of course it mattered. What’s being said is that who won or lost didn’t matter to the Patriots as much as how the Jets responded to certain Patriot formations. Belichick, Brady and Ernie Adams are gathering information to be used in the playoffs. Doing so in this game just goes to show that they have a lot of respect for the Jets. This year’s Dolphins, not so much.
    And as far as Vegas is concerned, none of them give a damn. They are all about SB50.

    But you can dream willy. You can pretend that you have figured it all out. Just do me a favor and come back here when the Patriots win it all and give them a tip of the hat for what they accomplished. That would be nice of you.

  52. I’m not upset at all with the decision to kick in OT.
    The Patriots were not playing well offensively.
    What I am pissed about is not utilizing the two time outs prior to half time. They could have at least given Gostkowski an opportunity to put three on the board.
    Given the tie score at end of regulation, 3 points would have won the game, and no need for OT.
    Oh well…easy to armchair on Monday!

  53. iamkillerfin says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:11 PM
    Hope this is the down hill slide of the by GOD patsies the darlings on the NFL & we’ll see all the rats that will leave the sinking ship!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!
    —————————————————–
    The league sure has a funny way of showing the Patriots that they are the “darlings” of the NFL….

    You’re furious and jealous because the G.O.A.T. wouldn’t play on that disgrace you call a team for any amount of $$.

  54. Belichick was right to kick the ball, the way his defense played that 4th Qrt he felt he had the Jets offense backed up, they ended the game with several 3 and outs… and the way the Jets defense was playing the Brady only allowing them 13 points,he didn’t want a 3 and out and giving the Jets a short field.. ……it took Pats two series from the 50 to get in the end zone plus they had to go for it on 4th down two times, no way they drive 80 yds without Edleman and Amendola…all this talk about the coin flip is ridiculous…..and I’m a Jet fan…..

  55. HGH Will Make Your Fore Head HUGE!!!!!! says:

    Don’t be an idiot. No one has said they “threw the game”. They aren’t the Colts. Why drive down the field and tie the game, force the game into OT, and then just lay down and lose??? If they wanted to lose they wouldn’t have tried so hard to tie the game. Jimmy G would have played the second half, etc. They tried to win with the JV team, and almost pulled it off. The point is, the loss doesn’t matter if the Patriots handle their business against Miami. You people that hate the Pats are beyond DENSE. Take your head out for a few minutes

    ————————

    Ton of Pats fans have said they threw the game. Here, on Twitter, on talk radio….everywhere.

  56. mrmcdougle says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:58 PM
    fugginswheat says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:34 PM
    You’re all missing it here…..they already knew the Steelers lost, they DO NOT want to face them come playoffs…..they threw the game to let the Jets get the upper hand, and hope next week takes care of itself. This was all about playoff seeding…..at least that’s my two cents.
    —————–

    Or….the Jets were the better team. Occam’s Razor

    For 3 hours yesterday, that’s true, by a razors edge, and no more. Now, moving forward, let’s see who’s better with a more complete roster, with something important on the line. That said if Edelman, Amendola, Vollmer, McCourtey & Chung are all out, then it’s anyone’s game.

  57. willycents says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:20 PM
    *2-3 with inflated balls since the weather turned cold
    ======================
    Should people focus on the 2 wins with inflated balls in cold weather or the 3 losses ?!?!?!?!? More importantly should people continue to take away that ball inflation doesn’t really matter a whole lot.

  58. Really don’t understand the tactical ignorance (and the hater drivel is ultra-sad). Offense struggling, defense doing well, so kick and pin the Jets back, then you just need to get within Gostowski’s long range to win! And but for a questionable defensive PI call on 3rd down at the start of the Jets’ winning drive, it could have worked. As to the kneel downs, that’s for the same underlying issue – i.e. offense struggling badly so why risk giving the ball away? Better to regroup at the interval. To those who’d have gone for a 2 pointer – my guess is BB preferred the % chance of his uber-kicker at long range in OT (and he’s probably right).

  59. willycents says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:07 PM

    Sooooo..Now the Pats fans are saying the game did not matter. The Knee at the end of the first half, coupled with the call on the coin toss in ot, says Belichek and Brady threw the game. Wonder how much they made from Vegas to throw it??????
    Absolutely despicable for a coach and qb to INTENTIONALLY throw an NFL game for the money Vegas paid them.
    _____________________
    Yes, that certainly has to be absolutely true. I’m guessing that BB had called his bookie and laid a bet down on the Jets. How despicable to INTENTIONALLY throw an NFL game. After all, his salary is only $7.5 M per year and I’m sure he needed the extra $$ by throwing the game.

    Brilliant comment.

  60. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:55 PM
    Annual winter collapse continues.
    ==============
    Um … huh? How exactly does 21-3 in December the past 5 years even remotely substantiate “annual winter collapse”?!?!?!?! We could go back to 2008 where we get 28-5 in December. I think you imbibed to much over Christmas. Confused.

  61. gacoltfan says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:59 PM
    Hard to consider someone the GOAT when his coach doesn’t trust him with the ball in OT.

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    100% True!

    Does anyone else think Montana, Elway, Marino, are not getting the ball in the same situation?

  62. Torn on the decision to defer in OT. If it was me I would give the ball to Brady and hope for any form of points. If nothing else to put the pressure on the opposition to do the same. That said, the Pats defense stopped the Jets with under 2 mins to go so I can also see why BB would think his defense might be up tot he challenge. The Pats offense is in serious trouble. Edelman and Amendola will be nice inthe playoffs but the entire o-line is what is going to be the demise of any playoff loss. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen a Pats o-line THAT bad.

  63. truetrue85 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:09 PM

    “Patriots didn’t need to win this game, they still own the #1 seed and will lock it up with an easy win over a Miami team that quit 3 weeks ago. ”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well, the Patriots were supposed to of beat the Broncos and failed. Then they were supposed to of easily beat the Eagles and FAILED. They were supposed to beat the Jets yesterday and failed.

    Anyone who thinks Miami is a easy win is subject to MAJOR FAIL.

    Patriots better be healthy and DETERMINED to get a win in Miami next Sunday. If they lose to Miami they will not make it to the SB.

    As of right now the Patriots do not have a running game – they are one dimensional and that CANNOT be blamed on injuries. The OLine is weak and Brady has been sacked more then twice the amount from last year.

    KRAFT needs a GM that can get Brady a STRONG OLine and WR’s that he needs before he is gone.

  64. I am very concerned moving forward. We have NEVER WON A SB after losing 3 out 5 in Late Nov/Dec. Sure we can beat Miami. Does anyone remember the last time we lost 3 in Dec? Been a long time. Every D left in the AFC will dominate our line, regardless of Edelman and Danny. Tommy needs time, and he’s not getting any.
    Not as confident as usual……we typically end the season with 7 or 8 straight wins.

  65. I thought the Kick Away call was smart because the D was playing better then the offense.

    But then the PATRIOTS D relaxed in OT.

  66. This year is different for NE. The only win against playoff teams were the Washington Redskins and Houston. (Jets not in yet) That’s it….How do you get the #1 seed when you’re best wins were against teams that are 8-7? Its almost unbelievable.
    Plus lost 3 of 5 with one home win in Dec against Tenn. One home win in DEC?
    Not the Patriots we’re use to seeing. Hope the Jets get them again. Like 2011 in Foxboro.

  67. ladyjet says:
    Dec 28, 2015 4:07 PM
    This year is different for NE. The only win against playoff teams were the Washington Redskins and Houston. (Jets not in yet) That’s it….How do you get the #1 seed when you’re best wins were against teams that are 8-7? Its almost unbelievable.
    Plus lost 3 of 5 with one home win in Dec against Tenn. One home win in DEC?
    Not the Patriots we’re use to seeing. Hope the Jets get them again. Like 2011 in Foxboro.


    Please!!!
    Who has played a tough schedule?

    It doesn’t matter who you played in the regular season teams can’t control that.

  68. bullogne says:
    Dec 28, 2015 3:17 PM
    gacoltfan says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:59 PM
    Hard to consider someone the GOAT when his coach doesn’t trust him with the ball in OT.

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    100% True!

    Does anyone else think Montana, Elway, Marino, are not getting the ball in the same situation?

    Yeah I’m sure that’s why he did it. After 15 years he doesn’t trust Brady or think he is good enough.

  69. lscottman3 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:22 PM
    the strategy was the defrense would stop the jets first drive and then the pats only wolud need a field goal.

    based on the percentages that in most OT’s the first drive is stopped, it was not a terrible idea.

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    Bingo. It just didn’t work out because 2 backup players collided and gave up a 60 yard play. All this is much ado about nothing, as Belichick stated.

  70. At least Brady didn’t get punched in the face, and a broken jaw, from a teammate for skipping out on a charity event.

    What other QB can play with an all rookie and just signed off the street offense, (OL, WR, RB) and win best record in the AFC?

  71. mrmcdougle says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:58 PM
    fugginswheat says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:34 PM
    You’re all missing it here…..they already knew the Steelers lost, they DO NOT want to face them come playoffs…..they threw the game to let the Jets get the upper hand, and hope next week takes care of itself. This was all about playoff seeding…..at least that’s my two cents.
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    Or….the Jets were the better team. Occam’s Razor

    For 3 hours yesterday, that’s true, by a razors edge, and no more. Now, moving forward, let’s see who’s better with a more complete roster, with something important on the line. That said if Edelman, Amendola, Vollmer, McCourtey & Chung are all out, then it’s anyone’s game.
    —-

    Exactly, It’s anyones game, as there is no way to confidently say that the Patriots are a stronger team, in a head to head, scenario than the Jets. They both own a narrow 1 score win. So, to say that they would rather have the Steelers out over the Jets, makes no sense at all. The Patriots looked extremely vulnerable to the Jets.

  72. The Jets basically beat the second squad, once the missing players who were held out return after the bye the pats will be fine. Not a worry.

  73. Patriots can’t beat anybody without Gronkowski and Edelman both available for dink and dunk. Alternatively, if like the Bills, they blitz allowing Brady to dink and dunk around them, then Patriots can still win.

  74. swagger52 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 5:03 PM
    Patriots can’t beat anybody without Gronkowski and Edelman both available for dink and dunk. Alternatively, if like the Bills, they blitz allowing Brady to dink and dunk around them, then Patriots can still win.

    Wow!!!

    Way to go out on a limb!

    So you’re saying that if a QB is missing his top 2 pass catchers the QB and O may struggle?

    Arron Rogers agrees with you.

  75. Typically he mopes and doesn’t take responsibility for anything

    Nonsense. You don’t know Tom Brady at all.

    Ton of Pats fans have said they threw the game. Here, on Twitter, on talk radio….everywhere

    The three venues you mention contain a pretty high percentage of losers. I listen to a little bit of sports radio when I get a chance. Not many mensa candidates calling in.

    Jets were better yesterday. On to Miami.

  76. Why would you ever defer in OT? If you do that aren’t you kind of over thinking it?
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    They didn’t defer. You can’t defer in OT. You can choose to kick, receive, or defend a goal. You can only defer at the beginning of the game which means that your opponent has to chose to kick, receive or defend a side.

    In this instance, NE chose to kick, and NYJ chose to defend a side – which didn’t matter much because there was virtually no wind at all.

  77. BB knowing his team having a bad day . I want to know why not go for Two ?
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    Too much time left. NE ended up scoring with what… 1:45 on the clock while the NYJ still had all their time outs. A successful 2PC would have forced NYJ’s hand and made them use all four downs to get into FG range. If the 2PC is no good, you have to try an onside, have it work, and then get into FG postion – if you care about winning the game.

    All that said… I have a weird suspicion that if NE had scored with under 30 seconds on the clock, BB would have gone for two.

  78. Every D left in the AFC will dominate our line, regardless of Edelman and Danny. Tommy needs time, and he’s not getting any.
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    I think you’re putting the cart before the horse here a bit, chap. The reason he needs time is because JE and DA aren’t there to get open in under two seconds. Look back at early season success on offense. Lots and lots of quick passes. Those aren’t there now because not of the guys that are there have the elite quickness of DA or JE. Once they come back – if they come back with that quickness – Brady doesn’t need to hold the ball, and thus the line doesn’t need to protect as long.

  79. That was an unbelievable choice, serves them right getting beat.
    Just another move by the Patriots, like anyone except their fans care. Hope the win they expect in Miami, is as easy as they think.

  80. reddzen says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:44 PM
    I am not remotely a Brady fan, as I think he has the class of Colin Kaepernick and is blessed with an awesome coach. But I am taking my hat off and saluting him today. Typically he mopes and doesn’t take responsibility for anything. Today he called it like it is. He’s right – they weren’t on their game.

    Now if the media could figure that out….
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    Claiming that Brady doesn’t typically “take responsibility for anything” is just ignorant. Following the Eagles loss, Brady commented (about his two picks) that “If I turn the ball over twice, I don’t think we’re going to have the chance to win many games, so I think that’s what it comes down to” and called the first pick “a dumb play” on his part, and said that the second one “was just a bad play by me. I mean, no one can save us from that. That’s my fault.”

    His comments following the Denver loss were more generic, but made no excuses for losing: “We ultimately didn’t make the critical plays when we needed to. We had plenty of opportunities out there and it just wasn’t our night.”

  81. flash1287 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 5:19 PM
    swagger52 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 5:03 PM
    Patriots can’t beat anybody without Gronkowski and Edelman both available for dink and dunk. Alternatively, if like the Bills, they blitz allowing Brady to dink and dunk around them, then Patriots can still win.

    Wow!!!

    Way to go out on a limb!

    So you’re saying that if a QB is missing his top 2 pass catchers the QB and O may struggle?

    Arron Rogers agrees with you.

    __

    You missed the point entirely.

    Brady’s career is prolonged because he has two HOF receivers that can get open via dink and dunk.

    Joe Flacco disagrees with you. He won a superbowl with second and third tier receivers.

    At least we an agree that the narrative that Tom Brady can win with nobody for receivers is wrong.

  82. The most idiotic comments are those that say the Pats did not want to face the Steelers. LMAO

    Are you kidding?

    The Pats absolutely OWN the Steelers. No fear there for sure.

    What is to fear from a team that loses to the pathetic Ravens? Hahahaha. Ooooooooo we’re so afraid of playing that team. LOL.

    The Steelers defense is one of the worst in all of football. But the Pats want to avoid THEM?

    Ya, right. Priceless. Bwahaaaaawaaaaa.

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