Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) falls into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Was Bill Belichick Right in Allowing Ahmad Bradshaw to Score?


One of the key decisions made in Super Bowl XLVI was the one where Bill Belichick told his defense to allow Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw to score a touchdown from 6 yards out in the final minute of the game. The decision preserved a time out, left 57 seconds on the clock for Tom Brady and the offense to work, but required a touchdown if the Patriots were to win. If the Patriots did not allow Bradshaw to score, they would have been down by one with about 20 seconds or so and no time outs for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense to work, needing to get into Stephen Gostkowski’s field goal range. We know how it played out, but would getting into field goal range have been easier than needing a touchdown, even with less time on the clock?

What do you think?

Was Bill Belichick right in allowing Bradshaw to score?

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  • boelcke1916

    I thought that Coach Belichick made the right call. As the Giants fan that I am, let me assure you I sweated out that last minute and with a great deal of respect. Tom Brady and the Patriot receivers were very capable of scoring with 57 seconds to go, in my opinion. I give Tom Brady, Coach Belichick and the entire Patriots organization a lot of credit for an excellent Super Bowl. It was a great game and losing a game like that which went down to the final gun is nothing for anyone to feel sorry about. It truly was a classic matchup between two fairly evenly balanced teams and great for both organizations. There will be other years and other titles. And Tom Brady? He’s certainly one of my favorite players. Once again, Tom did an excellent job. It just wasn’t quite enough, but it was a great effort. You guys have nothing to feel bad anout. One other thing. I believe the Patriots handled defeat with class and dignity. Last Super Bowl 42, this defeat, though hard to bear, was handled with class. Well done, again. For whatever it is worth to you, I disagree sharply with the Giants fans that baited Gisele Bunchen Brady and I strongly disapprove of that. Very strong disapprove. She was only standing up for her man, which is what a wife is supposed to do. She said those things out of hury and frustration, not because she really meant them and people should get off her back and cut her some slack. If “my” Giants do battle with your Patriots again, that might make for a third classic matchup. Have a great off-season. See you next season.

  • boelcke1916

    I saw about four typos. Please forgive that. I was in a hurry. Have a good off-season Patriots. 2012 is another year and it will be fun, starting with the draft we all enjoy so much.

  • boelcke1916

    I thought that Coach Belichick made the right call. As the Giants fan that I am, let me assure you I sweated out that last minute and with a great deal of respect. Tom Brady and the Patriot receivers were very capable of scoring with 57 seconds to go, in my opinion. I give Tom Brady, Coach Belichick and the entire Patriots organization a lot of credit for an excellent Super Bowl. It was a great game and losing a game like that which went down to the final gun is nothing for anyone to feel sorry about. It truly was a classic matchup between two fairly evenly balanced teams and great for both organizations. There will be other years and other titles. And Tom Brady? He’s certainly one of my favorite players. Once again, Tom did an excellent job. It just wasn’t quite enough, but it was a great effort. You guys have nothing to feel bad anout. One other thing. I believe the Patriots handled defeat with class and dignity. Last Super Bowl 42, this defeat, though hard to bear, was handled with class. Well done, again. For whatever it is worth to you, I disagree sharply with the Giants fans that baited Gisele Bunchen Brady and I strongly disapprove of that. Very strong disapprove. She was only standing up for her man, which is what a wife is supposed to do. She said those things out of hury and frustration, not because she really meant them and people should get off her back and cut her some slack. If “my” Giants do battle with your Patriots again, that might make for a third classic matchup. Have a great off-season. See you next season.

  • boelcke1916

    I saw about four typos. Please forgive that. I was in a hurry. Have a good off-season Patriots. 2012 is another year and it will be fun, starting with the draft we all enjoy so much.