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Old 01-17-2013, 01:48 PM   #195
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Not sure if this has been mentioned, but I was reviewing the play-by-play of last years Baltimore @ NE game. Here is how the game ended:

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2:46	1	-	10	NWE 33	Tom Brady pass complete short left to Deion Branch for 7 yards (tackle by Bernard Pollard)
2:04	2	-	3	NWE 40	BenJarvus Green-Ellis left tackle for -1 yards (tackle by Terrell Suggs and Cary Williams)
1:56	3	-	4	NWE 39	Tom Brady pass incomplete short right intended for Aaron Hernandez (defended by Ed Reed)
1:53	4	-	4	NWE 39	Zoltan Mesko punts 44 yards, returned by Lardarius Webb for 4 yards (tackle by Sergio Brown)
1:44	1	-	10	RAV 21	Joe Flacco pass incomplete deep left intended for Anquan Boldin
1:39	2	-	10	RAV 21	Joe Flacco pass complete short left to Dennis Pitta for 5 yards (tackle by Patrick Chung)
1:14	3	-	5	RAV 26	Joe Flacco pass complete short left to Anquan Boldin for 13 yards
1:09	1	-	10	RAV 39	Joe Flacco pass incomplete short middle intended for Ray Rice (defended by Jerod Mayo)
1:05	2	-	10	RAV 39	Joe Flacco pass complete short middle to Anquan Boldin for 9 yards (tackle by Nate Jones)
0:58	3	-	1	RAV 48	Joe Flacco pass complete short left to Anquan Boldin for 29 yards (tackle by Devin McCourty)
0:51	1	-	10	NWE 23	Joe Flacco pass complete short right to Anquan Boldin for 9 yards (tackle by Julian Edelman). Anquan Boldin fumbles (forced by Julian Edelman), ball out of bounds at NWE-10
0:27	2	-	1	NWE 14	Joe Flacco pass incomplete short right intended for Lee Evans (defended by Sterling Moore)
0:22	3	-	1	NWE 14	Joe Flacco pass incomplete short right intended for Dennis Pitta (defended by Sterling Moore)
0:15	4	-	1	NWE 14	Billy Cundiff 32 yard field goal no good
So, New England had a 3rd & 4 situation inside 2 minutes, up by 3, at their own 39. They chose to throw the ball. The pass was incomplete. When the Ravens got the ball, they had 1:44 on the clock, from their own 21.

They ran 6 plays to get to the 23 yard line which took 53 seconds. That left them with three shots at the end-zone, plus time for a FG attempt.

Had Belichick ran the ball on 3rd & 4 (a much more makable down and distance), that would have taken off about another 40 seconds, Baltimore would have gotten the ball at the 20 with about a minute left. Had their ensuing drive gone identically, they would have maybe had time for one shot at the end-zone (or kick the FG) ... maybe.

Had Cundiff made a simple 32 yard FG, it would have been appropriate to blame Belichick for not burning more time prior to the 2 minute warning.

No, I think running the ball in this situation was the right thing to do.
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