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FOXBOROUGH — Let’s call this one Belichick’s Redemption.
There’s something about Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchups that turns Bill Belichick’s decision-making a little unconventional.
In 2009, it was a fourth-and-2 call against the Colts that backfired in his face and led to weeks of criticism. Belichick decided to go for it from his 30, the Patriots threw incomplete, and Manning’s Colts promptly marched down the short field for the winning score.
In Sunday night’s thriller, an unbelievable 34-31 comeback overtime win over the Broncos, Belichick again went against the grain with a major decision. The Patriots won the overtime coin toss, but instead of taking the kickoff, like 99.9 percent of NFL coaches do in that situation, Belichick took the wind.