NEPD Editor Doug Kyed:
This isn’t going to be nearly as long as my normal reaction columns, but here’s what I can get out right now.
-That opening safety wound up being a huge difference maker, but the Patriots still should have had complete control in the fourth quarter, but they just couldn’t generate any points.
-Gronk wasn’t even close to being healthy. We were all way too optimistic.
-The Patriots proved why turnovers can be a fluke. They lost the turnover battle every game of the playoffs and it finally bit them.
-The Patriots were missing tackles early, cost them seven points at the beginning of the game.
-The Patriots forced some turnovers, but dumb penalties and nice recoveries by the Giants brought them back.
-There were some huge drops there in the last drive and second to last drive. Branch, Welker and Hernandez deserve just as much of the blame as Brady.
-The Patriots defense, like in the first game against the Giants this year and in Super Bowl 42 just couldn’t come up when it mattered.
-I’ve seen some very reactive tweets about what this means for Brady’s legacy. Shut up.
-Taking ten seconds off the clock on the Giants 12 men on the field penalty at the end was huge too. No way of knowing that was going to be the penalty, but they could have used those ten seconds.
I’ll have more tomorrow in my 6 keys column. Don’t worry, I’m just as miserable as you are.