In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
Sorry, I was interrupted for awhile.
The answer is 2.6.
So you would be wrong, while the O did lose points pp over their RS Average and I would expect they would because limited plays due to time constraints, tend to lead to limited points. (which was 32 points per game, not 34 as 2 points per game were non-offensive scores and I had to look that up) The D did worse.
Convert the D's extra .575 per possession to points and that amounts to 4.5 points. Ballgame! :}
PS Wozzy. FG's count! You and Rusty seem to have a real problem with that. Wasn't the difference in the score, FG's? Didn't the Pats win their games by FG's? Oh, my!
And the Pats D gave up less points because they had less stops to make. PERIOD!
Really, Really, Really, dumb argument.
There were only 4 defensive stands in the second half. Two ended in FGs, one in a TD, and one in a punt that backed the offense up to the 8 yard line. How does anyone possibly argue that the outcomes of those four drives were good?
Add in the fact that three of the four drives ate up at least 4.5 minutes each (total of 29 plays and 127 yards over those three drives) and the only drive that was an average length (2:49 minutes) was the 9-play 88 yard TD drive that had to be faster because it started with the Giants behind and with only 3:46 left in the game. When you look at what the D actually did, there's no way to say their second-half performance was anything but dismal. The offense also struggled mightily in the second half, but the defense doesn't get any awards either.
I can't say that the D was dismal because it was giving the O opportunities to maintain their lead or extend it. The fact that the D was eating up the clock could have worked in O's favor if the O could have put something together in the fourth quarter. When a team has a lead they actually want to use up the clock. The problem is, the O did nothing to help the cause, at the end. If WW makes that catch or TB doesn't throw that interception, that probably changes everything. It would have been wonderful if the D could have put a lid on it, but that wasn't their MO during the regular season. The reality is that the D in Super Bowl 46 did the same thing that the team did in the Super Bowls that they won. It gave up points late in the game.
But, it's over and done with...on to 2014. With any luck, our D stays healthy to become a true shutdown kind of D and our O stays healthy so that it can be at its very best when the team makes it to the playoffs.