With 13 minutes to go in the quarter, the Patriots went on the kind of lengthy drive they couldn’t afford to come up empty on. They did just that.
Facing a 52-yard field goal on 4th-and-13, Bill Belichick decided to go for it. The pass was behind Deion Branch, who couldn’t adjust, and had the ball deflect off of his fingertips with 5 minutes to go in the game.
It’s hard to understand the clock management—Brady and co. were routinely using up the entirety of the play clock, and weren’t aiming to get out of bounds. Now they’ll need a miracle to stay alive.