Bill Belichick normally makes the right decision, but he sometimes just needs a little convincing.
Such was the case late in the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams. With the Patriots leading by seven and under two minutes to play, New England faced a fourth-and-1 from the Rams’ 24-yard line. Belichick was faced with a decision between attempting a 42-yard field goal to ice the game or attempting to get the first down and run out the clock. The latter, though, came with the risk of being stopped and giving the ball back to LA with a chance to tie.
Kicking a field goal might seem like the easy decision, but Belichick needed a little convincing, courtesy of Tom Brady.
An NFL Films video from Sunday night’s game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta showed the 41-year-old quarterback giving his coach a nudge in the right direction.
Stephen Gostkowski drilled the kick and the Patriots won the sixth Super Bowl title of the Brady-Belichick era.
Good call, Tom — err, Bill.
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