What triggered me to start this thread was seeing this on BSMW this morning:
I looked for it, but didn’t see the nationwide outrage last night as the New York Giants led the Green Bay Packers by 28 points and Eli Manning was in the game, throwing for the end zone on 4th down with 5:03 remaining in the game.
On Thursday night, just after halftime, for crying out loud, you had actual NFL beat writers (wait, does Buffalo count?) posting things like this:
Belichick is such a prick. Run the damn ball, kill clock n get the hell out of town. If guys get hurt, I'll smile. Sorry. No need to pass
22 Nov 12 (tweet)
I know the media roots for storylines, but rooting for injuries is cool?
Last night, not a peep. No hand-wringing over leaving Eli Manning in the game and risking the season. No accusations of hubris hurled at Tom Coughlin. Nothing. I’m sure the phone lines in New York are filled up with angry Giants fans embarrassed at their coach and his poor sportsmanship.
Last pass Brady threw: 7:00 left in the game
Last pass Manning threw: 4:53 left in the game
Brady came out of the game on Pats last drive. Manning never came out.
Others have mentioned that SF ran a fake FG up 24 points in the 3rd quarter this year. Brees passing the ball up big in the 4th, Rodgers the same. So why is it that only the Pats take shit for it? Discuss.
Also, we've argued here about the wisdom of leaving the starters in late in games, in the wake of Gronk's injury. My take is that looking at Belichick's record here in NE is justification enough for his methods. They clearly work. That can be discussed too.
Just trying to amalgamate all such talk into one thread for easy follwing.