Posted: 2/7/2017 11:35:33 PM
Originally Posted by vanzack
It happens all the time in real life. Pressure does strange things to peoples decision making abilities.
You are looking for patterns in randomness.
There is no way to script that. I tell you what - I will give you a shot here (or any of the other "fix" people in this thread) - walk me through the detail of how a fix like this could happen. DETAILS. Who did it. How they did it.
This is my point. All the moves Atlanta made were the exact opposite of what they should have done. They played exactly how you would play if you wanted to throw a game but have it look legitimate.
The entire game is not scripted play-by-play, that would be logistically impossible. I would say that basically the powers that be said we will let Atlanta go up big in the 1st half and then the Falcons will start throwing it in the 2nd half. How they get there is irrelevant. The fact that Julian Edelman makes an amazing catch is pure coincidence, but makes it seem more legitimate.
Why the F would you only run 4, 5 times in the 2nd half with that big of a lead? That defies all common sense and logic. Why would you not put 3 extra points on the board to make it a 2 score game with so little time left in the 4th quarter?
Just look at NE's pace of play during their comeback in the 2nd half. Even Troy and Joe Buck commented that they were running way too much clock for a team that was down by that many points.
Why did Malcolm Mitchell give himself up when he could've gotten up and ran from extra yards?
Dude, the title of one of the articles that was cited is something like "The 16 things that had to happen for the Pats to comeback"
What is more plausible, that the exact 16 things they needed to happen occurred throughout the natural progression of the game, or that they were given the correct conditions to manifest?
From a pure odds standpoint, it is more likely that there was some kind of influence to make all those things happen. That is not debatable.
On a side note, do you really think the Patriots slow start in the 1st half against the Texans was just bad play by the Patriots? Tom Brady has 27/0 TD/INT ratio in the regular season and suddenly he throws 2 picks in ONE HALF.
I kept seeing Brady turning his back to the pass rusher and throwing up lame ducks. He is not that stupid. If he's really trying to win he wouldn't keep throwing up wobbly 50/50 balls everywhere in the Texans secondary.
The Patriots could have destroyed the Texans in the 1st quarter but they kept it close on purpose. 2 picks and a muffed punt in the 1st half by the most disciplined team in the NFL? Give me a break.
Think about it. If you were up big at halftime and the script was that the other team needed to come back and win, what would you do?
-You'd keep throwing low percentage passes
-You'd stop running
-You'd snap the ball early to leave more time for the other team to have the ball
-You'd keep managing the clock improperly
-You'd leave sure points off the board
-You'd stop throwing to arguably the best wideout in the NFL
I only saw the game live so far. After I watch it again I will post my thoughts on anything I noticed in the replay.