Down five points to the Green Bay Packers with 2:40 left in the game, head coach Bill Belichick had to decide whether to go for the first down on fourth-and-18 or attempt a 47-yard field goal.
Belichick picked the latter, Stephen Gostkowski missed, and the Patriots had to force a three-and-out on defense, which they failed to do.
So, did the thought of going for it even cross Belichick’s mind?
“No,” he answered succinctly Monday in a conference call.
Perhaps it should have, according to Pats Pulpit’s Rich Hill: [tweet https://twitter.com/PP_Rich_Hill/status/539468920097624064 align=center] [tweet https://twitter.com/PP_Rich_Hill/status/539480614500859906/photo/1 align=center]
The Patriots lost 26-21 after the Packers were able to convert on third-and-4 before the two-minute warning.
Thumbnail photo via Tom Lynn/Associated Press