In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
Technically, yes there were 9 but one (the safety) took no time off the clock and the gints had a 8 second kneel down to end the half. The Pats also had their final possession in the second half restricted by time.
So they both only had 8 real drives with the Pats being restricted on the final one.
Neither possession resulted in anything other than the initial first down.
The gints D had EVERY THING to do with the turn overs. How do you make such a statement? The Pats D did NOTHING to do with any turn overs. The one they did get was negated by 12 men on the field.
Please stop with the D held their own and held them to their average. With normal possessions they would not have and with more possessions the O likely would have scored more. The limited possessions helped the D to keep the score down despite allowing 50% scoring in the game and 75% in the second half. You don't win games by allowing the opposition to score on 75% of their drives and eat clock when they aren't scoring.
The gints 4 punts took a whopping 19 minutes off the clock. It should have taken HALF that
That time wasted was time taken away from the O. That's time and possessions they could have used to score more points.
There scoring drives ALSO took 19 minutes. Again time and possessions stolen from the O.
Without confusing you with more math, that's 19 minutes and 4 possessions lost, as each possession should average 5 minutes total (for both the O and D.)
Realistically with the both teams having a possession with no time being used, it should have been a 13 possession game.
The D lost 4 possessions PERIOD! 4 less possessions means 4 less stops and 4 less opportunities to score.
Please show me a regular season game where 4 possessions were KILLED and the D got zero 3 & outs and zero turn overs and made zero stops in enemy territory. They played worse than their regular season 31st ranking.
The only game close was the steeler game and they even had 3 & outs in that one, but with similar results.
Just for grins, here are the Post season stats for the 04 and 11, D. Same amount of games.
04: PD 46, INTS 7, TD 1, FF 6, REC 4
11: PD 13, INTS 1, TD 0, FF 6, REC 1
YOU DON'T SEE A PROBLEM HERE?
YOU DON'T SEE A PROBLEM HERE?
This looks like an illiterate attempt to excuse the offense from laying an egg... I don't understand this psycho babble, nevermind see the problem here.
The only stats that matter are points scored vs points against... all the rest of this stuff is excuses.
I would think the illiterate one would be the one unable to read and comprehend a simple concept, in this case.
Points (for and against) come from possessions. Possessions include both defensive and offensive play.
The amount of possessions are determined by how long it takes to complete a possession in a 60 minute game. ie 5 minute possessions = 12 per game and 7.5 minute possessions =8 per game and 4.5 minute possessions = 13 per game.
8 possessions games are extremely rare.
Things that shorten the time of possession are 3 & outs, turn overs, limiting plays per possessions, passes defended, stopping 3rd down conversions and of course, scoring.
Limited possessions = limited points (for and against)
Possessions are very important because it's impossible to score without them.
No QB in the history of the NFL has ever scored while his D was on the field.
Points ( for and against) are influenced by possessions. You can't score 59 points in a 8 possession game but you can in a 12 possession game. In fact, it would be extremely difficult for BOTH TEAMS COMBINED, to score 59 points in an 8 possession game.
That's a combined total of 8 TD's and 1 FG in 8 possessions, each.
The average points combined in a game, normally total around 44, WITH 12 possessions.
That's nowhere near 59 points in 8 possessions and highly unlikely.
Not many 12 possession games have a total of 8 TD's aND 1 FG, NEVER MIND 8.
Pretty simple stuff here.