In response to Paul_K's comment:
Preseason games should be banned! Season ticket holder are forced to take "free" preseason tickets with their packages, and the tickets certainly aren't worth their face value.
Tom Brady was about to get the Patriots within at least field goal range with a pass to an open Amendola, so suddenly he threw far, far behind Amendola on third down. Fourth doen on the 43 yard line. Brady's only bad miss of the night kept Ghost from trying a field goal.
Next, Ghost had a 35 yard field goal lined up. So what did the meticulously coached Patriots do? Yep, 10 yard penalty on fourth down. Now Ghost had a 45 yarder lined up. So what did the meticulously coached Patriots do? Yep, an additional 5 yard penalty on 4th down. Now Ghost had a 50 yarder lined up. Ghost muffed it.
At this point, every last one of the 32 NFL head coaches is running into the kicker on fourth down, blowing kickoff coverages, lining up in the neutral zone on fourth down, doing every totally stupid thing possible that the commish won't come down on to lose preseason games. Give me an L ! "L!" Give me an O! "O!" Give me an S ! "S!" Give me an E ! "E!" What's that spell? "LOSE!" What's that spell? "LOSE!" What's that spell? "LOSE!!"
Right now the points count for zilch in reaching the playoffs, but they build up media expectations and draw the interest of rivals. Give me one good reason why Ghost shouldn't deliberately miss a few on the coach's orders. Ghost isn't going to miss many field goals when the points will actually help his team get into the playoffs.
If every sports reporter didn't fear retaliation by the NFL they'd cover the obvious fraud in every preseason game. They can't talk, but I will. It's a gargantuan fraud driven by each coach's desire to win regular season games. It's enforced by the NFL bureaucracy and enabled by Globe reporters who want to keep their jobs, among many other media scribes in the same position. I for one don't need to enable this fraud. Do you?
No one told you that preseason games are intended for practice? I don't see the preseason as any kind of fraud. It's just a practice session.
As a season ticket holder, though, I think the games are a rip off. The tickets aren't "free." In fact, they cost the same as regular season tickets. In my case, I pay $99 for four tickets to two preseason games, so basically $800. And since I live in Toronto now, I don't bother buying a plane ticket to come back for those games--and no one wants to buy those tickets, so I usually just give them away (if anyone I trust wants them, which is often not the case, since they are played late at night during the workweek) or waste the $800 bucks.