February 6, 2012


Tom Brady can't save Patriots this time (John Powers, 2/06/12, Boston GLOBE)

If Brady had the ball in his hands longer than 23 minutes, New England might well have prevailed. He'd shrugged off a safety on his first play and brought his squad from a 9-0 deficit to a 17-9 lead with bookend touchdown passes to Danny Woodhead and Aaron Hernandez on either side of halftime.

And if a wide-open Wes Welker hadn't dropped the ball with barely four minutes to play, Brady might have been able to finish off the New Yorkers then. "He went up to try to make it, as he always does, and we just couldn't connect,'' said Brady. "He's a hell of a player. I'll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possibly can. He's a phenomenal player and teammate and I love that guy.''

If it hadn't been for the safety on the Patriots' first possession, Brady might have only needed to get within field goal range on the final drive. But when he'd gunned the ball well downfield to avoid being sacked in his end zone, he was called for intentional grounding and gave up what turned out to be 2 precious points.

Had Brady gotten the ball out of his hands and into those of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Stevan Ridley (who I don't think they even dressed) & Aaron Hernandez they'd have won.   The naked backfield sets killed them and they bailed on the run when they were averaging 4.4 yards per carry.  Parcells must have wept.

Posted by at February 6, 2012 7:06 AM

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