Tom Brady remains confused about the failure of his clock-killing throw to kill the clock

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For the second time this weekend, an NFL team clinging to a slim lead with five of seconds left on the clock and facing fourth down opted to throw the ball away in order to kill the remaining time. It worked for the Texans on Thursday; it didn’t work for the Patriots on Sunday.

Tom Brady took the snap and heaved it out of bonds, intending to send it flying high enough that the final five seconds elapsed between the moment the ball was snapped and the moment the ball landed.

But it didn’t. The clock stopped before the ball was touched by a Marine who got a hand on it just before it struck the ground.

“I don’t know,” Brady told reporters after the game. “I don’t know. I couldn’t figure it out. I’ve never seen that before.”

Brady accurately said that the ball was still in the air when the clock stopped.

“Everyone says a Patriot gets advantages,” Brady said. “I don’t know about that.”

He can ponder it while polishing his six Super Bowl rings, and while further contemplating a 10-1 start that could be laying the foundation for a seventh.

49 responses to “Tom Brady remains confused about the failure of his clock-killing throw to kill the clock

  1. Despite what happened there, I thought they should have handed off to a RB, and have him retreat toward their own end-zone, and just run around for the five seconds. I thought that was what they would do.

  2. If they would have taken delay of game penalties on 2nd and 3rd down instead of snapping the ball and taking a timeout with 1 second on the play clock, there would have been 3 seconds on the play clock not five. Stop complaining and manage the clock better

  3. They do get a lot of breaks. A mysterious tripping penalty and a bad holding call against the Cowboys on 3rd down conversions, handed the Patriots the game.

  4. Should have burned more time on 1st down. But yeah, the clock was a little weird on 4th down.

  5. If they would have taken delay of game penalties on 2nd and 3rd down

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    The clock starts again in this situation on a punt, as BB showed the world.

    I am not sure that it does on a regular play.

  6. I don’t root for either team, in fact, I’ve hated Dallas for decades. That said, the ghost tripping call on Dallas at the end of the game saved New England. That’s why people say you get the calls, Tom.

  7. killerquails says:
    November 24, 2019 at 9:25 pm
    New England beat a poorly prepared cowboy team.

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    So what’s changed over the past two decades?

  8. Oh, whoop-dee-doo!
    Some big deal call against your team.
    Complain when a call like that costs you the game, Bub.
    Otherwise, you sound like you think that an insignificant call against your team can offset the major calls you get in your team’s favor.

  9. The delay of game thing like against the Jets only works if the other team declines the penalty, the Cowboys would have accepted the free five yards. Otherwise, the time it took to run a handoff took off more seconds than just taking repeated delay of games.

    There were five seconds left when the last play was snapped, the play clock was slightly slow to start which is acceptable, but then it looks like they stopped the game clock when the ball went out of bounds instead of when it touched something, because they definitely stopped it at one second left when the ball was still high in the air out of view.

  10. While on the subject of bad officiating, how about that New England game at Denver in the snow in 2015? Gronk got mauled all night, no calls. Broncos get a cheap defensive holding that negated a game sealing sack. New England loses game and home field advantage in a tiebreaker.

    Or, how about that game at Carolina in 2013 when Luke tackled the receiver in the end zone on the final play? Refs threw a flag and picked it up. New England lost home field by a game that year. Stuff happens both ways.


  11. New England has 6 super bowl wins in 17 seasons because of the refs. OK, that explains it.”

    Not at all – they’ve been amazing.

    But it’s basically a fact that dynasties usually get favorable officiating. Kobe’s Lakers, the Steelers, ’90’s Cowboys, etc.

    It’s like a heavyweight fight, where a challenger can’t win on points, he has to knock the champ out. Contenders can’t just beat the Pats – they have to overcome some bad officiating usually, as well.

  12. godnollid16
    Nov 24, 2019, 9:49 PM EST
    The delay of game thing like against the Jets only works if the other team declines the penalty,
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    If they snap the ball or take a timeout with one second on the play clock, they only run 39 seconds off the clock, if they take a delay, they run 40 seconds off the clock. If they took a delay on 2nd and 3rd down, there would have been 3 seconds left in the game not 5, so their pass play would have run out the clock.

  13. joestemme says:
    November 24, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    I’d trade the 5 seconds for 2 phantom tripping calls any day, Tom.

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    Cowboys got a free play out of it. And some uncalled PIs to their advantage. These things even out

  14. “Everyone says a Patriot gets advantages,” Brady said. “I don’t know about that.”

    That’s some brass ones right there. After those phantom tripping penalties too.

  15. How can anyone complain about the “ phantom” tripping call when the play before that Jaime Collins was clearly pulled to the ground in front of Prescott and there was no flag. Frederick extended his leg to stop the defender from getting to the QB , that’s tripping .

  16. And we all know how much Goodell and the NFL loves them some Patriots. The fabricated scandal and events otherwise known as Deflategate taught us that.
    /sarc

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    Cowboys got a free play out of it. And some uncalled PIs to their advantage. These things even out

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    And the uncalled holding all game.

    I thought the trips were ticky tack at best but let’s be serious it didn’t go one way and the bogus final second was worse.

  18. I’ve never seen DPI called on a tipped ball before either. In fact by rule it can’t be called. Is that mysterious too?
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    joebailey2040 says:
    November 24, 2019 at 9:35 pm
    They do get a lot of breaks. A mysterious tripping penalty and a bad holding call against the Cowboys on 3rd down conversions, handed the Patriots the game.

  19. LMAO comparing this insignificant play to a two tripping calls, one that stopped a Cowboys drive late in the game, is one of the worst things Patriots homers can talk about. Even when the Patriots win, the homers and fanboys still whine and complain.

  20. I don’t know if the Cowboys are poorly prepared, I mean, have you seen Kris Richard? That guy is intense. I do think they have players who are either immature, stupid or on drugs. You can pretty much figure out who they are by looking at them. How about Trystan Hill? No motivation there whatsoever. I would have gone to the edge of the earth and back if a guy like Jerry Jones or Stephen Jones would have taken a chance on me. Unbelievable how some people think. Hope some of these guys get cut. Please from now on interview a guy or look in his eyes before you draft them.

  21. I think it illustrates the inconsistency of the referee’s on both sides.
    The only consistency is people like you conjuring up a conspiracy every time the Patriots win a game.
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    rogergoodellmyhero says:
    November 25, 2019 at 8:25 am
    Even when the Patriots win, the homers and fanboys still whine and complain.

  22. Tripping penalties? Are you kidding me? How about sliding a leg over as one is pass blocking? Are you supposed to plant your legs in the ground like roots? It is called unintentional. On those two plays it looks like the defenders tripped themselves over the OL legs. How about zooming in on the OL play? I saw 69 on NE mauling guys, holding all night long. They maybe called one penalty on the guy. Don’t tell me, the DL grabbed the guys hand and made him hold their jersey. Hes innocent.

  23. ogergoodellmyhero says:
    November 25, 2019 at 8:25 am
    Even when the Patriots win, the homers and fanboys still whine and complain.
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    Whether the Patriots win or lose the haters come out to whine and complain. Welcome to PFT.

  24. joebailey2040 says:
    November 24, 2019 at 10:19 pm
    godnollid16
    Nov 24, 2019, 9:49 PM EST
    The delay of game thing like against the Jets only works if the other team declines the penalty,
    —————————————————————
    If they snap the ball or take a timeout with one second on the play clock, they only run 39 seconds off the clock, if they take a delay, they run 40 seconds off the clock. If they took a delay on 2nd and 3rd down, there would have been 3 seconds left in the game not 5, so their pass play would have run out the clock.
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    The pass play would not have run out the clock in your scenario because the Refs would have just stopped the clock at 1 second anyways. Your scenario doesn’t take the refs out of the situation so it doesn’t fix anything.

  25. terripet says:
    November 24, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    His best pass of the game

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    No amount of whining about the Patriots or Brady will change the fact the Colts lost again and Brissett looked like a back-up…..again.

  26. The reason is is that the scoreboard clock was incorrect. The play before at least two extra seconds were allowed to tick off taking the clock down to seconds. I suspect the refs had the correct time of five seconds when the play started.

  27. The NFL gifted us two drive killing penalties, so they made up for it by a 2 second error at the end of the game when it didn’t matter.

    Those rascals!

  28. NE never gets the calls and has to play the toughest schedule every year. 4 teams got long rest against them this year,. -13 days vs opponents highest in the league – Again! but it doesn’t matter. BB never ever complains like us fans, he just wins.

  29. Two things: the college rule is that the clock stops when the ball goes out of bounds, it doesn’t have to hit anything. Also, if a referee inadvertently blows a whistle, play is stopped. I don’t blame the referee if this was the case. We still don’t haa as be clarity on the rule.

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