In response to ATJ's comment:
In 42, it boiled down to 2 things IMO:
*The Giants defensive game plan was excellent and their defensive line play was as good as I've seen in a big game in the FA era;
*A couple of plays: one made by the Giants and one not made by the Pats. Tyree catch (I still shake my head at that one) and Samuel's blown int.
I think Prolate made a very strong case in another thread about how talented defenses take away certain things from the Pats that only talented teams can take away. If I read his post correctly it boiled down to excellent man coverage on the wideouts, taking away the middle of the field and pressuring Brady. I agreed then and still do that a wideout who can stretch the field would have helped.
In last season's AFCG the team simply didn't play consistently particularly on offense. That coupled with the Ravens bringing their A game made for a tough game for the Pats.
Finally, I think, for some reason, there seems to be a reluctance or inability to make the proper adjustments late in games. Why, I'm not sure. Who is this on? I can't give credit to BB for much of the team's success over the long haul without placing much of the responsibility for lack of adjustments on him. I think was particularly the case in 42 where in my opinion Coughlin outcoached him.
I don't think it's not knowing how to adjust. The greatest coach of all time who is the master of adjusting on the fly, forgot?
I hate to say it, but it's ego. That's what it is. It's them thinking that at some point, the shotgun spread is going to bust loose and overwhelm and the other team's D will break.
The fact is, it's too late if you switch to some run based atttack, say in the late 3rd qtr when you try to flip a switch. It worked in the 2007 AFC title game, but if you remember that game, it almost appeared like NE was completely outplayed in the game after Brady's passing obsession and 3 INTs.
They then just handed it off to Maroney like 10 times in a row in the 4th qtr and it wore SD down.
I think they simply lost focus of basic, bare bones football plays and have over-thought much of this to the point it looks like BB is outcoached. He's not outcoached at all. Tyree's catch is not BB being outcoached.
I felt in the second half of SB 46, the Pats DOMINATED the Giants. They GIants couldn't run, couldn't make any big plays, and only settled for 2 FGs.
Our offense started slow and finished slow and it's the offense Brady prefers to run. It just is. If you want to string up our coach for deferring to what his QB feels more comfortable using, fine. I will be right there with you seeing it as a mistake. But, I can also understand why he wants the QB comfortable.
Brady tossing an INT or throwing high to ice the game is not being "outcoached".
As for SB 42, I could have told you what the Giants D was going to do because Jim Johnson's Eagles did it in December of 2007, Balt tried it, then the Giants. Then, the GIants just executed so well in SB 42, they pulled it off.
I think in SB 42, Brady wanted to put on a fireworks display and before you knew it, it was the 4th qtr and NE was down 10-7 instead.