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It's a good thing the Bills are the Bills, because they sure didn't play like it through the first 3 1/2 quarters.
And it's a good thing the Patriots are the Patriots, because they certainly didn't look like it until 5:00 left in the game.
Clearly, the late-game pressure and deficit on the scoreboard forced the Pats to become the Pats again. Tom Brady shook off the rust that seemed to be enveloping him throughout the night and took control of not one, but two last-minute frantic drives.
He was at his best when the situation was worst, which is a good thing. Because it helps Pats fans forget just how mediocre he looked throughout much of the game.
The Bills defense did a solid job stuffing the line of scrimmage on third and fourth-downs. They forced Brady into taking short-stuff all night, some of which were high, short, long or in the dirt.
Aaron Schoebel was a monster all night, harassing Brady behind the line and intercepting a screen-pass gone awry for a Pick-6 and major momentum.
But soon the Bills became the Bills, the same squad which had this happen to them in Orchard Park on a Monday Night against the Cowboys in almost identical gut-wrenching fashion.
Allowing the Pats tons of underneath yardage and then losing Ben Watson in the end zone over the middle.
Instead of taking a knee in the end zone (which wouldn't have been the stupidest move in NFL history since the return gobbled up time until the 2:00 warning, eliminating the extra time out the Pats would've had), struggling for extra yards and fumbling.
Then, with the crowd in a frenzy, the inevitable. The Bills quickly allowing the Pats the go-ahead score. What else was going to happen?
Credit Brady. Moss. Meriwether. Watson.
Big plays by big Patriots.
But there's plenty to learn from this game. Thank goodness for the Patriots, the Bills finally played like themselves.
Escape from Gillette
Posted on: September 15, 2009 1:49 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2009 1:50 pm