This game definitely deserved it's own post, and hell yes did it live up to the hype. Everyone will be talking about the call, and I'll get to that in a bit, but there are a few other things that I want to discuss first.
- Randy Moss is the best receiver in the NFL hands down, and it's not even close. Blazing speed, an insane vertical reach, and the size and strength to shield off defenders and outleap them for jump balls, all make this man the best wideout in the game. I actually don't mind the fact that he single handedly beat me in my main fantasy league, because it is actually fun just to watch him play football (even though I hate the Pats).
- Any doubt as to who the NFL's MVP is this year, should now be laid to rest. Even on an "off night" where he threw two picks, and Indy had several dropped balls, and was out of synch in the 1st half, Peyton Manning still ends up throwing for over 300 yards, 4TD's, and lead an amazing comeback. Just a sick sick human being who makes late round/undrafted free agents like Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie look like Pro Bowlers.
- Before everyone jumps all over Belichick and the Pats D, lets not forget Lawrence Maroney's inexplicable fumble at the 1 yard line, when the Pats had a chance to put the game away early in the 4th quarter.
Alright, now on to the call. I 100% agree with Belichick's call, I thought it was the right decision at the time, and I still do, and here are my arguments:
(1) The Pats D was gassed, and aside from the two uncharacteristic turnovers, the Colts absolutely moved the ball at will against them the entire 2nd half. The 40 or so net punt yards they would have gained would have vanished within 3 plays imo.
(2) Aside from their two turnovers, the Colts hadn't stopped Brady and Co. the entire game. My only problem with the call, was the intended target. Welker is so fucking deadly and unstoppable on those quick slant routes, and the play should have gone to him, or a quick out/fade to Moss who had man coverage on the play (I thought they were going to Moss for sure) because let's face it, single coverage against Randy Moss is just not going to end well for the defense.
(3) Failure to get the 1st down doesn't automatically lose you the game, but getting the 1st down does guarantee you a win. If Addai had scored on that 10 yard rush, the Pats would have got the ball with about a minute left, and still had a chance to win.
(4) YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME! Putting the game in the hands of Tom Brady is NEVER a bad decision in my opinion, and is surely better than sitting back, punting, and praying that your tired, banged up, overmatched defense finds a way to stop one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.