daveinwarshington wrote:Yup. Falcons defense...
While the defense failed, in my eyes it was a bone-headed decision by Shanahan to abandon the run late in the fourth when they were on the NE 22 - fairly good field goal position. A field goal would have given them an 11 point lead and left Brady about 3 minutes to score twice.
Not a clinch when Brady is involved, but a two score game.
Instead of running it up the middle to burn time and keep position, the Falcons line up in shotgun formation on 2nd down. The resulting sack moved them out back to the 35. The next play was also a pass, and holding was called on Atlanta. Move 'em back and call it 3rd and 33 from the 45. No longer a chip shot field goal.
The rest is history.
Sugar 'em up and send 'em home