Belichick says fourth-down call gave team best chance to win

From Mike Reiss of

FOXBOROUGH -- The morning after a heartbreaking loss to the Colts, coach Bill Belichick revisited his risky decision to go for it on fourth down while also detailing the Patriots' uncharacteristic struggles in burning valuable timeouts.

Belichick repeated what he said Sunday night, saying that he felt the decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Patriots' 28-yard line, with 2:08 remaining, gave the team the best chance to win.

Would he do it again?

"You only get one chance," Belichick said, avoiding the question.

The explosive Colts offense was surely a factor in the decision, as they had covered 79 yards on six plays, in 1:49, on their previous drive. Earlier in the fourth quarter, they had another 79-yard touchdown drive, in just 2:04. Belichick lauded the Colts' Reggie Wayne, who scored the game-winning touchdown, the best receiver we cover every year."

As for the Patriots' late-game breakdown, Belichick explained the struggles with wasting timeouts, which for a team that prides itself on acing those situations were uncharacteristic mistakes.


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