Rule of thumb – if you leave Tom Brady with a minute left in the game to drive downfield to win, you’re gonna have a bad time.
The Patriots/Saints game was hands down the best game from week six. Two of the best QBs this year put on the show we all hoped and expected them to put on. And what a finish.
Going into halftime, the Patriots lead the Saints 17-7. But before the Patriots could make too big of a gap, Drew Brees was able to rally the troops. Without a single catch from the usually dominating Jimmy Graham, who left the game late in the fourth quarter, Brees drove the Saints offense downfield to take a 24-23 lead. Then, with very little time left, the Saints kicked what seemed to be the game ending field goal.
But the Saints offense made a big mistake. They left time on the clock for Brady to win.
The Saints defense had no chance. Brady has done this all too often. This is where he strives, and stands ahead of the pack as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Even after Brady threw a horrible interception with only a little over two minutes left in the game, you had to know in the back of your head that the game wasn’t over yet.
Firstly, let me say the Saints defense did not play up to their reputation. The Patriots put up 100+ yards on the ground against a defense which is supposed to be dominant. And Brady had multiple chances to bring his team back. If you think he’s gonna make mistakes in each of the three chances he had late in the game, you are very foolish.
Secondly, the ineptness of the Patriots receivers is the only reason this game was as close as it was. The amount of drops from these receivers was embarrassing. Other than Julian Edelman, Brady has no dependent receiver.
The gutsy call to go for it on fourth down in their own territory is proof of this. Yeah, it was a questionable call. And in hindsight, it probably shouldn’t of been called. But if rookie Aaron Dobson didn’t drop the catchable pass, it would have been a completion. And Brady would have most likely drove downfield, score, and manage to take all the time off the clock.
Brady is so good at making not-so-great players look exceptional. And without Rob Gronkowski, he really had his work cut out for him so far this year. Starting on their own 30 yard line, the Patriots were in striking distance with only a few plays. Then with 10 seconds left, Brady threw a beautiful pass in the corner of the end zone for Kenbrell Thompkins.
Brady makes such dramatic comebacks look easy. But don’t be fooled, only few QBs have the ability to lead a team like that with such little time left.
This game puts the Patriots right up there with Denver as a top contender for the AFC.