Belichick wins savvy challenge, but refs' early whistle costs Pats a TD
Bill Belichick made a very savvy challenge that ended up netting his team six points.
The Patriots are lucky Ronnie Hillman made a crucial mistake, otherwise they might be in real trouble in Denver. With the Broncos coming to play in the AFC Championship Game (stream it on CBS here) New Engalnd could be in real trouble were it not for a dumb Hillman error and a savvy Bill Belichick challenge.
With the Broncos holding the ball on their own 22-yard line, Peyton Manning threw a pass to Hillman in the backfield. Hillman didn't catch the pass, which means incomplete pass ... except Manning threw it behind Hillman, which means fumble.
The Patriots, because Hillman made zero effort to recover the ball, had a clear recovery but officials ruled it incomplete.
Belichick wisely challenged. It was a smart move, with Belichick winning easily and netting the Patriots the ball while flipping the field in New England's favor.
The refs hosed the Pats by blowing the whistle -- letting the game go would've meant Jonathan Freeny waltzing into the end zone.
Just another playoff game and Bill Belichick being smarter than everyone else.
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