A few bounces had to go the Patriots way to pull off a 34-31 win in overtime against the Denver Broncos.
The most important bounce came on a Ryan Allen punt late in overtime when the ball bounced up and hit Tony Carter and Nate Ebner recovered to set up the eventual game-winning field goal.
It all started at the beginning of overtime when Bill Belichick decided to defer and have the wind at the Patriots’ backs than take first possession at the start of overtime.
Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran discussed Belichick’s decision and how the Patriots overcame adversity to get the win on PostGame Live.
“Really, a gutsy decision by Bill Belichick to say ‘I’m not going to take the ball first in overtime, I will take the wind,’” Curran said. “And in the end it paid off. Football is not going to get better than this in New England for 50 or 60 years. So enjoy it while you can.”
The Patriots got off to a slow start, but fought off a 24-0 halftime deficit with 28 unanswered points in the second half.
“Certainly, you’d rather they don’t dig the hole,” Curran said. “It is a team that is getting by on duct tape and hard work and will. They have yet to be out-played. If they weren’t shooting themselves in the foot, they would be more than okay I think at this point in the season when you look at the overall picture.”