Bill Belichick Didn’t Consider Going For Fourth-And-18 Vs. Packers


The New England Patriots were stuck between a rock and a hard place Sunday late in the fourth quarter.

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 align=center] [tweet 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

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