neil SaftContributor INovember 16, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks to head coach Bill Belichick in the fourth quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won the game 35-34. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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For those of you living under a rock this week, the Patriots and Colts squared off Sunday night for another installment of what the mainstream media has declared, "The Rivalry of the Decade".

For those of you who work in an office and hear football fans alike remark, "I can run this team better," bad news: the water cooler is not going to get quieter.

Remember in 1998 when Mike Holmgren allowed the John Elway quarterbacked Denver Broncos to score the go-ahead TD so they would have as much time as possible to answer with a TD of their own?

How did that work out again?

What those of you not watching last night missed was a coaching decision that rivaled that of a nine-year-old playing Madden '10 on an X-BOX 360 game console. 

I don't care how many times Indianapolis was able to score in less than three and a half minutes last night (it was every drive), who the hell, "goes for it" on 4th and 2 at your own 28 yard line ahead in the game eight seconds in front of two-minute warning?

I mean, what you've effectively done is put the pressure on your own teams offense and you have the lead! If you don't pick up the first down there, your defense is now up against a huge wall.

Where is the logic in that?

For a man who has been so innovative and so renowned in the realm of NFL coaches, not only living, but all time, Bill Belichick laid an egg and simply out-thought himself into a coma of media criticism all in one night.

When Tom Brady and the New England offense come out onto the field on forth down, I figured it was to draw the opponents offside. But when they lined up and ran a play, I was stupified.

Everything I thought I new about the game went out the window. Black was White, Up was Down...I even thought the Windows 7 recap FOX uses at the end of its games were clever.

My fellow football fans, here's why you don't, "go for it":

-Pat McAffee: The man was booting the crap out of the ball last night. He averaged 48.4 net yards on seven punts last night. His long went for 55 yards. Assuming the trend, Indy starts 1st and 10 at their own 28-30 with one timeout and no two-minute warning.

-If they score four TD's in the forth quarter, you live with it. Driving 70 yards for a touchdown warrants more potential mistakes, penalties, etc. as opposed to going 28 yards for a score.

-Did I mention the Pats lead the game 34-28? 

-Your Defense: I can only imagine what this unit has been thinking to themselves in the last 36 hours. 

-Even if you get it, you risk going three and out and giving Indy the ball in a similar situation as the Pats faced at the end of the game (1st and 10 at their own 20 with 13 seconds left).

While I concede the game is changing, some tactics will never require tweaking; like not letting the other team score more points than you and punting the ball late in the game deep inside your own territory on forth down when you have a lead...