Eerie, isn't it??? The Pats D and last possessions for the other team!!

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    Re: Eerie, isn't it??? The Pats D and last possessions for the other team!!

    Just like I cona't complain about the 17 points in 07, I'm definitely not going to complain about the 21 yesterday. That's exactly what their season average was, and the scoring was WAy below what ANYONE said.

    To blame this on the D is a complete joke.

    If Brady and Welker can complete that one pass late...it's game over. Bad pass, but it still hit him in the hands...and he couldn't hold on to it. Inconceivable.

    But a loss was obvious when Brady threw that pick. He can talk all he wants about this wasn't a revenge game, and his actions spoke much louder than any words he can spit out. He wanted to erase that game in one play, and tried way too hard. Too bad.

    History will shine a very positive light on these past 11 years, but it certainly s u c k s right now.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Eerie, isn't it??? The Pats D and last possessions for the other team!! : Wait? What 9 referee points? I thought the refs called a good game. The Patriots DBs were very aggresive and there were three or four plays that could have been called PI, but the refs kept their flags in their pockets for the most part. There were nine penalties in the whole game. The Patriots lost that game with dropped passed and big plays by the Giants at the end of the game.
    Posted by FrnkBnhm[/QUOTE]
      9 referee  points. Fraud. Patriots won.  It sounds like Cris Collingsworth has a spell on you.
     
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    [QUOTE]If The Pats D had faced the Packers or Saints, it wouldn't have been eerie, it would have been a blowout!  The Pats had a golden opportunity to win a 4th superbowl, and they gave it away.  Hopefully, the Pats get another shot, but the Pats got lucky this season to even get to the superbowl, and they can't expect that kind of luck every year.
    Posted by Grogan77[/QUOTE]

    The "bend but don't break" style of D may prevent TDs in the red zone but it is useless in keeping opponents out of field goal range.  In other words, it's a disaster in close games.  The porous Pats defensive secondary was very painful to watch all year.  Opposing teams, even with mediocre quarterbacks, have marched up and down the field.  It finally did them in.  BB has failed to put together a solid secondary and he's had plenty of time to do it.  I miss the days of Rodney Harrison and Ty Law.  That secondary combined with LBs like Bruschi, Vrabel and McGuinest won superbowls.  
     
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    [QUOTE] Everyone knew the defense would struggle in afinal drive situation. They got saved two weeks ago on a missed field goal. did they get one three and out the whole game?
    Posted by ccnsd[/QUOTE]

    yeppers. Although the D has indeed improve during the course of the season with scrubs becoming starters - the one question asked before the SB whether THIS D could come up big when they needed the D to win the game.  The answer, in this instance, was clearly no.
     
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    One day later and emotions are more in balanced. Need to ask why this team cannot finish games against good teams. They used to be able to hang in there and put the winning score on the board. The first three SB were won by kicking the winning FG, were they not? Now it seems they can not stop the other team from scoring last. They are able to compete but unable to put it away. They play competitively until it matters the most, then it seems there is a let down. Looking back on it today I think it is the system. The 'one player is the same as any other' to avoid the payout doesn't do it. They should have won the SB, don't you think? Why is it that Manning makes that throw? Why is it that their receiver makes that catch? It was a really great catch, wasn't it? How come the Giants were able to march down the field on their last drive but the Patriots couldn't? What is the difference? Is it just dumb luck? Do other good teams do the same to the Patriots? Belichick and Brady have been good, no doubt about it. Kraft has been a godsend. I wouldn't want the others in the game. A decade of success leaves them at the bottom of the drafting rounds, but even so when they had the higher draft choices they chose to trade down to lower draft choices. What if they had that little bit of difference in player talent, would that be the difference between making or missing that catch? It is the system.
     
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    [QUOTE]One day later and emotions are more in balanced.....Need to ask why this team cannot finish games against good teams. They used to be able to hang in there and put the winning score on the board. The first three SB were won by kicking the winning FG, were they not? Now it seems they can not stop the other team from scoring last. They are able to compete but unable to put it away. They play competitively until it matters the most, then it seems there is a let down. Looking back on it today I think it is the system. It is the system.
    Posted by OlderbutWiser[/QUOTE]
    These points are the keys to what we have seen from the Pats these last few seasons.  Unable to close out the opponent!  Most games, the Pats don't need to have the last possession to win, but, when the other team does, the D seems to fail all too often.  By being a "bend, don't break" style of D allows the other team to eat up clock, keep the D on the field longer and, subsequently, the offense has fewer chances to put up points, let alone attempt to win close games. The D may be trained TOO much to rely on the offense to bail them out.
     
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