posted at 10/16/2012 11:58 PM EDT
In response to portfolio1's comment:
In response to patsbandwagonsince76's comment:
In response to Mighty2013's comment:
The team played like crap and still came within one point of beating a very good Seattle team giving us their very best.
This isn't the 2009 team all over again. More like the 2005 team that started 3-3 but really jelled by playoff time - only this time we won't fumble 5 times in a playoff game.
Make two more plays on defense and play AVERAGE red zone offense and guess what 20-30 point victory.
The Patriots could not have made such a strange combination of mistakes (coaching, time managment, play execution) if they played this game over 100 times.
Don't want to take too much away from Seattle who forced some mistakes but really the Pats moved the ball at will and only when they played conservative at the end and in the red zone did they lose a beat.
Everyone in the world knew that Seattle was going to throw it long on the last few series..all they needed to do was tell a safety to stay behind everyone...game won...they will NEVER make that mistake again.
Like I said no way will that many mistakes ever come together at the same time again in a BB coached team. Can anyone here remember a more mistake filled NE game in all facets of the game?
Last year's AFC championship game, last year's SB. The Ravens game this year. The Arizona game this year. Including this game that is 5 of the last eight games.
I am not saying anyone should panic. They have lost three games by something like 4 points. But the have choked in all of those 5 loses. Not just lost the game due to bad play throughout but just plain choked on O and D. Both sides of the ball.
Yes relax. But they need to not just win but they need to be able to take a game in hand late in the game against a good team.
Yes, They did have a letdown in all of those games , lucky in the AFC champ. that FG was missed. However, those were dog fights for much of the game and a key letdown (call it a choke ) at the end cost them. A disturbing trend no doubt.
However, This game they really showed the ability to shut down on defense and roll on offense and it took 8-9 really stupid mental errors (spread throughout the game) to lose. One less mental error and they would have won. I count 2 of the long pass plays as not so much skill breakdowns but just mental laspes. Along with the clock mangement, poor playcalls in the red zone, wasted timeouts, have just not seen it to this degree before.