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Tide turning on perception of Patriots?

Belichick's fourth-and-2 call the latest in a troubling trend on big stage

Updated: November 19, 2009, 4:28 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

For the first time, New Englanders are witnessing a prolonged view of the other side of genius. The psychology of Bill Belichick costing his team a chance to win seems more important than the ill-fated Decision itself. It has become less a football call that didn't work and more a referendum on the current state of the Patriots in the football continuum.

Belichick blinked. He panicked. He feared a Peyton Manning winning drive more than he trusted a victory-preserving Patriots defensive ...

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