Posted by tonetone
OK, here are my takes:
1 - The missed challenge: No matter how many times I looked at it, Gronk had possession with one foot still on the ground, the other foot came down in bounds and then, and only then, did he step out of bounds. I couldn't believe he didn't challenge it -- and it was in the first half, no less.
2 - The bomb was incredibly stupid. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. All he had to do was work his way down about 20 or thirty yards and he was in scoring range. Also, he would have taken time off the clock and given the D a chance to rest. I think that was Brady's decision.
3 - I disagreed with taking the knee, but I understood it. They were on their own eleven, Balt. has a very good D, and the last thing you want is a mistake just before the half. Also, they were getting the ball at the beginning of the second half. Finally, Brady had not been exactly "accurate" up till then. So, better safe than sorry.
Now here is an interesting thought about "possibilities". Suppose they didn't take a knee and Brady moved them down for a field goal. With nothing else changing, at the end of the game with Balt on the Pats 11 and fourth down, no way they go for a field goal since they are down since. They would have been forced to go for a TD. That means no shanked FG attempt. Suppose they actually converted on fourth down. Season over.
Of course, if the Queen had two you-know-whats, she would be king.