Let’s feel good about the miraculous hook-and-lateral(s) play that won the game. Okay, it feels good. So even on a day when Kenny Stills decided to kneel down in the middle of a play instead of only kneeling down during our National Anthem, we won the game.
Now let’s see why we really won. With 16 seconds left in the game and the Patriots facing a 4th and goal from our TWO YARD LINE, Bill Belichik decided to kick a field goal. He didn’t need it. All he had to do was have Sony Michelle Obama dive forward. The way our D was playing, he probably would have walked in. Or…he coulda had Brady just run around the pocket to kill time. No matter what NE ran, we would have begun our next drive at our own 2 yard line at best. But Belichik called for a FG.
He gave us the game with that play call. The best offense of all time, and he didn’t ask them to go gain 6 feet. Even if they failed, they would won the game.
The 3 points didn’t matter. But, the ensuing kickoff gave us the ball at the 30. A far more manageable miracle than a 98-yarder.
When Stephen Gostowski missed an extra point, New England kept scoring TDs, and Belichick kept going for 1 point after each TD. It was strategically not a bad call the first few times. But making the safe call over and over again? With THAT offense? With Miami’s D unable to stop the Pats’ offense, why not drive a two-pointer or two down our throat? Instead, he took it easy. Thank you. Those little points you left out there won us the game.
And let’s not forget perhaps the biggest gaffe, when the Pats blocked a punt at our 10 yard line before halftime when they already led by 6. They were about to go up 13. At the very least, they go up 9. But they blew it.
They blocked a punt at our 10 and got 0 points. That was due to a gigantic Patriot mistake more than due to our stellar D. In an extremely rare gaffe by Brady/Belichick, Brady forgot the situation and didn’t throw the ball away on third down. The Dolphins dodged a bullet there on that “sack.” I put “sack” in quotes because I still don’t think a Dolphin touched Brady. I think he slipped while he was ducking under Robert Quinn’s arm.