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What is that 88-1 (now 89-1) thing?

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    They said tonight that the Patriots were 88-1 in their last 89 when leading in the 4th. That's amazing, although I can think of 2 games in the last couple of years where that didn't happen -- against the dolphins and last year's AFCCG. Do the playoffs not count?

    Anyway, to put that into perspective, the patriots won 4 games this year where they were losing in the 4th quarter.

    They've also kept up their amazing ball-protection in close games. In the 5 closest games of the year -- Dallas, Indy, Philly, Baltimore, and NYG -- the Patriots only have 4 turnovers (and one of them shouldn't even really count as a turnovers, since the Ravens turned it back to us on the same play). Just one more turnover in 4 of these 5 games probably would have meant a loss.
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    Regular season record only.
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    For the record, I believe it was 83-1 (now 84-1) in the regular season when leading at any point in the fourth quarter.
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    Their record is even better when leading at the end of the fourth quarter.
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    Why is this "stat" -- if it even is an official stat -- limited to the regular season but excludes the playoffs. What is is supposed to be measuring?

    I don't think it makes it less impressive to say 92-2 (or whatever it would be if you include the playoffs). (By my count, we're 12-1 in the playoffs since 2001 when leading at any point in the 4th quarter, but I'm not sure how far back this stat goes.)
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    It's a courtesy-of-Elias stat. I'm just passing it along.

    FWIW, I believe it's supposed to be a measure of fourth-quarter clutchness. For comparison, in the same time span, every other team has lost at least seven games they were leading at some point in the fourth quarter.
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    My question was to you, but I wasn't questioning you. I see it as a 4th quarter clutchness stat too, which is why I think including the playoffs is fair game.

    Another good comparison is that our opponents this year, when leading in the 4th quarter against us, are 0-4. ;0)
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