In response to cyncalpatfan's comment:
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
The D is at least 80% of the reason with about 20% being errors.
You can't eat clock if the D is eating clock. There are only so many pieces to the pie and when the D is eating 2/3rds of it, that doesn't leave much for the O. The ideal would be a 50/50 split where the O wouldn't be rushed into plays and able to take their time and run the same amount of plays the other O is privy to. Because of the pathetic D, the other O had all day to run whatever they wanted.
There wasn't anyone there to stop them.
Reduced time means reduced plays, PERIOD! There are only so many plays you can fit into a 20 minute period. so you become more about moving the ball in big chunks, not a lot of little time consuming ones. 30 minutes allows for more time, therefore more plays or more plays that you can take your time with.
This forces you off your normal game and one dimensional. It becomes more about time and the number of plays you can run in that time, therefore the short yardage time consuming (RUN) plays are thrown out the window.
This also makes you more prone to mistakes as you are throwing the ball further to try and make up for the lack of time.
Scoring takes time and scoring takes possessions as the average NFL team will only score a TD on about 20% of their possessions. (1 out of every 5 or 2 per game) When 10 possessions don't exist it's difficult to score 2 TD's, never mind 3 or more. Almost no one does that and no one does it consistently. How many 3TD games do you see with a whole 12 possessions?.
Comparatively, very few.
Peyton only scored 2 in his 7 possession, romp. (so did TB for that matter) but that is why Peyton and ELi were both very content in eating clock and scoring FG's.
For every (excessive) minute that they bled, to score those FG's, they knew Tom didn't have a chance to score any.
He was too busy on the bench, trying to keep his head up, as he knew that their chances were deteriorating with every passing minute. So did BB. So did McDaniels.
Then, throw in the fact that the D was allowing points on 50-88% of all possessions and our O was playing against D's that actually participated in their teams success and not only are you screwed, you are triple screwed.
Thanks, BB for stacking the cards against us!!!
I always thought being behind late in a game is what led to a team becoming one-dimensional. I didn't realize that being ahead had the same effect. I'm not about to argue that the defense could not have done better (regarding their most recent SB)...it would have been nice to see just a couple of three-and-outs. Still, the offense had the lead for a good deal of time, in the second half.
Going back to that miscue on their very first drive of the game...exactly how did the defense deny them potential time of possession? It was there for the taking, but the offense gave the ball right back. You keep talking about how the D needs to help the O, well, the O needs to help the D, just as much.
The way you credit the opposition's D, makes it sound like they were world beaters. The problem is, they weren't. The Giants' D that year averaged 25 points against (25th). The Patriots' D gave up, on average, 21 (15th). On offense, the Giants scored 25 points per game (9th) and the Patriots scored 32 (3rd). In SB 46, the Patriots gave up 21 points (nothing, if not consistent). That was against the ninth best offense and the Patriots held them below their season average, by 4 points. Now, the Patriots' O only managed 17 points against the 25th ranked D and they had the third best O. Sorry, but the offense should have done better.
The defense gave up one score in the first half and that was on a very short field, due to the safety. In the second half, they gave up two field goals and a touchdown. Our offense, the 3rd ranked offense, got shutout in two quarters. That's not on the defense.
They weren't world beaters, actually average. But it is an average D who gets a turn-over or forces a couple of 3 & outs and stops the team from advancing beyond the 50. Yup, pretty much any D could do that and I would expect a SB D to at least do what an average D could. Ours did none of that.
Ours held the ball for double the league average. That caused our O to loose 10 minutes of possession time. That gave the other O an additional 10 minutes of possession time.
When one team has a 20 minute advantage, they can pretty much run what they want against the crappy D that allowed them to have that advantage in the first place. No one was stopping them!
Yes, you go into throw it mode when you are losing (generally in the 4th quarter), but you also do it because you are running out of time, or there would be no need to do that,.
Normally in the 4th quarter you will get the ball three times.
The Pats had the ball 4 times in the entire second half. Pretty much the half equaled a quarter as far as possessions went. It was apparent as they had already lost that time and 4 possessions before they even reached the 4th quarter. It was also apparent that the D wasn't going to hold the 8 point lead. They hadn't all year. Generally needed a 3 score lead to survive, so, 8 points wasn't enough.
Did you think the D could have kept the Gints O on the bench for the entire second half? NOPE!
They were going to get possessions and all they needed was 4 to win it. Scoring on 3 of 4 drives will do that. Teams don't normally score on 3 of 4 drives unless they are playing a very bad D.
So, they had to try and extend that lead, quickly, with limited time on the arm of TB.
Again, you can't run those dink and dunk &, short yardage run plays to go 80 yards with very little time. You do that when you want to eat clock. The D did not give them that time.
Do you think it's coincidence they abandon the run in these low possession games or games where they are in a dog fight to keep their lead or extend it so that the D can't give it away? It's not.
These coaches are not stupid. They're doing what gives them the best chance to win.
Sure the 4 dropped passes in the second half and the Int didn't help the O's cause, Tom could have tucked that ball and scrambled for a few yards. I think under normal circumstances, he would have.
Unfortunately, there was nothing normal about his circumstance. How many games have you seen where the D is on the field for 2/3rds a game and that team won. How many 7-8 possession games have you seen in your lifetime?. The only ones I've ever seen were the ones the Pats D was highlighting.
Did you ever notice you make more mistakes when you are in a hurry? Ever take shortcuts to make up for lost time? I have. I think everyone has. It's unfortunate they were put in that situation.
Most NFL D's would never do that to their O. Not the ones that were any good, any way.