For all you whiners and complainers and naysayers out there jumping all over Belichick, go watch the video of Bud Adams...that is just for you.
I'm sick and tired of hypocrites and cry babies!
How can you not admire the call, regardless of who you wanted to win.
The 30-40 yards they would have netted on a punt would have been gained back in two plays. The Patriots defense was gassed as they were thin at both defensive line and linebacker. Time was a non-factor.
Assuming the punt wasn't returned for even more favorable field position, the defense would have given up the underneath stuff and Indianapolis would have been on the 30 yard line with three time outs remaining and 1:40 on the clock.
And if you foolishly completely disagree with this probable and logical assessment, whats the difference! If you make the play, you win the game. It is not like Belichick and the Patriots haven't earned the right to make such a call.
Where were all you whining fools when Belichick made the same call against Atlanta? Oh yeah, they converted on that one.
From my standpoint, it was beautiful. I hate to see the loss, but they didn't lose because of the call. They lost because they didn't make the first down.
If you want to complain about Belichick, complain that they burned a timeout before the drive started so that they couldn't challenge a bad spot.
Or you can complain that the Patriots are too aggressive when they are ahead by 17 points. They should be playing more ball control offense at that point to milk the clock.
But don't complain because a future hall of fame coach who has made countless 'genius' decisions makes a gutsy call in an attempt to have his clutch, future hall of fame quarterback make a play to win a game.
This Bud Adams is for you guys. Reap it.