I’d have to say the greatest feeling as a sports fan is watching Bill Belichick fail. Sure, it doesn’t happen often, but that makes it all the more sweet when it does. The mastermind Pats coach and hoodie connoisseur made one of the cockiest, and what turned out to be one of the most boneheaded calls in football history tonight, opting to go for a 4th & two from his own 27 with just over two minutes left and a 34-28 lead over the Colts. Cue an Indy stop and a Peyton Manning-to-Reggie Wayne hookup a few plays later and make the final 35-34 Colts.
This one wasn’t as sweet as watching Belichick throw his famous hissy fit and storm off the field after losing the Super Bowl a couple years ago, but it was still enormously satisfying knowing it was completely his fault. I’m sure his defense will have plenty of confidence moving forward n0w that they know how much he trusts them.
Belichick’s idiocy stole the show but shouldn’t overshadow Manning’s efforts in turning this one around. Down 31-14 early in the fourth quarter, Manning threw a touchdown to Pierre Garcon and led a 79-yard drive to set up Joseph Addai’s four-yard rushing score to cut it to 34-28 with just over two minutes remaining. With three timeouts and the two-minute warning to work with, Indy coach Jim Caldwell opted to kick deep, setting up Belichick’s boner on fourth down. After a 14-yard completion to Wayne and a 13-yard rush by Addai brought the Colts to the New England one, Manning found Wayne on a slant to win it.
In the end, Manning’s 327 yards and four touchdowns got the best of Tom Brady’s 375 and three. Each hooked up with their favourite receivers twice for scores, with Wayne grabbing 10 balls for 126 yards and Randy Moss hauling in nine for 179.
Anyway, the game of the year lived up to its billing. Thanks, Belichick, for making it so sweet.