Belichick: 'Trying to score' at end of half
October, 14, 2012
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com
With six seconds remaining in the first half of their game against the Seahawks at Seattle, the Patriots faced a third-and-goal dilemma: kick a field goal or attempt one more play, taking a shot at a touchdown but running the risk of running out of time to kick a fourth-down field goal.
Coach Bill Belichick opted to keep his offense on the field, and quarterback Tom Brady was flagged for an intentional grounding penalty on an incomplete pass. Though there was one second left as Brady's throw hit the ground, the penalty resulted in a 10-second run-off that ended the half and prevented the Patriots from kicking a field goal.
The Patriots eventually fell 24-23 to the Seahawks after quarterback Russell Wilson hooked up with receiver Sidney Rice for a deep score late in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Belichick was asked why he elected to run a play from scrimmage rather than attempt the short field goal.
"We were trying to score," he said.
He then was asked if there was much discussion about kicking the field goal in favor of running the play, to which he responded, "We had time to run a play and kick a field goal."
In a follow-up question about where the play went wrong, Belichick said the effort wasn't good enough collectively.
"We didn't do a good job collectively," Belichick said. "We just didn't do a good job on that play."
Brady put the onus on himself for the missed opportunity after the game.
"We thought we could take a shot at a touchdown there, and I've just got to throw the ball away a little bit closer to one of our guys," Brady said. "I think that's what it comes down to. It's tough to give up three points. We got a fortunate break on the muffed punt snap. That's why we lose games because you squander opportunities to score points."
Brady later added that he should have thrown the football further toward the perimeter of the field.
"We had some different options on the route, some guys were breaking inside, I just threw it too far over the middle," he said. "I should have thrown it a little more to the outside."
The play was one of several missed opportunities from the team, Belichick said.
"We missed a lot of [opportunities]," Belichick noted. "We missed them the whole game."