It was the game of the NFL season.
Bill Belichick had the ball with two minutes to go. It was 4th and two on his own 28 yard line. He went for it, and Tom Brady's completion to Kevin Faulk came up just short.
As I've seen thus far on ESPN, the analysts have crucified Bill Belichick for going for it.
They "can't believe that he actually went for it." He "cost his team the game." He "needs to be held accountable." He "outhinked himself."
Hindsight is 20/20.
This is one of the greatest coaches of all time, and I absolutely believe he made the right call. If the Patriots had converted, he would've been hailed as a genius.
The press would've gushed at how "gutsy" of a call it was.
How much he trusted his offense and his future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady.
How he took the game out of Peyton Manning's hands, and won the game with a bold coaching move.
But since the conversion failed, the press is crucifying Belichick.
Even if the Patriots get a great punt, Peyton Manning still has two full minutes and a timeout to go 70-80 yards.
I like Manning's chances of driving down the field regardless.
But on 4th and 2, I love the call to go for it. You're taking control of your own destiny, you're playing to win, instead of playing not to lose.
On the play, Kevin Faulk caught it with enough to get the first-down, but juggled the ball and got knocked backwards, coming up short.
This one certainly hurts for the Patriots—they had this game in the bag.
Bill Belichick made the right call. On the road, you have to go for the win. With how Peyton Manning was playing, you just have to. The Colts had all the momentum, and they only needed two yards to secure the game.
The Patriots came inches short of winning the game on a bold coaching move, one made by a hall of fame coach, and it was absolutely the right decision.