Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by patfanken, Jan 21, 2019.
they decided getting after mahomes was more effective
The Patriots had the better team
Way more yards (524-290) and time of possession (40-20)
Turned the ball over twice (and lost penalty battle) yet still won
Pats mistakes led to 13 point turnaround. Brady interception(3pts), Edelman topped interception (7pts) and 4th and 1 stop (3pts)
KC mistakes were the overthrow to Williams and Ford’s offsides, but that Ford play was only important because the Pats played some uncharacteristic football
Apparently, they were right. .
to a degree......this game was very similar to the previous one against the chiefs
I enjoy the excitement.
Not too surprising considering expected game plan was nickel + small dime most of the time . and KC did little on the ground to change it . both KVN and High had DE snaps as well in dime packages
Here a write-up on specific coverages:
Bill Belichick made yet another gutsy CB decision in a big game. This time, it worked.
“Cornerback Jon Jones took Hill, with help from safety Devin McCourty over the top. Cornerback JC Jackson took Kelce. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore took receiver Sammy Watkins. Cornerback Jason McCourty took whatever extra receiver was on the field (Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson). Safety Patrick Chung and linebacker Kyle Van Noy generally took care of the fullback, the second tight end and, at times, the running backs.
It’s also worth noting one last element of what Belichick did with his cornerbacks. In the final nine minutes of the game, Belichick and Flores had one more surprise for Mahomes. They moved Gilmore onto Kelce and Jackson onto Watkins. ”
Add me to that list, as it has been a while since I contributed, even though I remain a regular reader. Patfanken has always been my goto post when it appears. I hope this temporary hiatus from retirement remains for many years to come.
Ken, probably already said, but the primary reason I saw was ability to change the play at the line. Burkhead can do all four things necessary in that scenario - run, pass, blitz p/u and chip. Not saying that Michel can't but we haven't seen it to this point.
Additionally, I think they wanted the freshest legs out there for 4th/OT to your point, but it wasn't the only reason.
Wow, had no idea yards was that one sided. The turnovers and failed 4th were killer. Ive got to think if this game were in foxboro itd have looked more like the sd game. So relieved losing out on the one seed didn’t ultimately cost us a sb trip, I think were clearly the better team right now. They just converted on basically every opportunity and mistake kudos to them. Almost stole one
My idle thought. After a season of inconsistent play (except for the vikings game) it was like the team flipped a switch staring with the jete game and have played like the team we know and love. Pretty amazing.
Thanks Ken. Great post, as always. Agreed on Flores. We'll miss him.
I have no problem with the call unlike some others. I think that Brady didn't either. By all rights it SHOULD have worked, since the Pats had been gashing KC on the ground to that point. But to KC's credit BOTH the man in coverage on Gronk and Ragland did their job and for some reason weren't fooled. My only real complaint with Brady was that usually he errs on the side of an overthrow, where in this one it was a bit under thrown.
I'm sure he's a lot more pissed off at himself, than I am.
After the year that Michel has given us, how can anybody say they are not thrilled about using a first round pick on a rb?
I miss you!!!
I NEVER say things like this, but last night on multiple occasions I said “you can’t beat a good team AND the league.” The officiating was nauseating.
Thankfully, we were able to overcome it this time. Unlike the Saints.
I think he did what Butler did last year.
On KC's 4th quarter go-ahead drive, they only had two plays with positive yardage. The rest were gifted by the referees.
Idle thought: NE WILL win SB LIII.
Josh was good at the end. Great play design
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