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Of all the things the Patriots deserve credit for in Sunday night’s 34-31 comeback win over the Broncos, one sticks out above the rest after watching the coaches film:
Bill Belichick stuck to the game plan, and didn’t panic.
Belichick clearly felt his receivers, tight ends, and running backs could take advantage of 1-on-1 matchups against Denver’s linebackers and secondary. And he knew the Broncos were gashing the Patriots’ defense with the running game, but allowing 6 yards on a run was much better than 60 yards on a pass.
The fumbles and sloppy play in the first half didn’t allow the Patriots to get into a rhythm. But after halftime, Belichick and Tom Brady got to work.