Bill Belichick isn't into second-guessing his decision to leave Tom Brady in

Mike Petraglia
December 05, 2016 - 6:50 am
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[caption id="attachment_114464" align="alignright" width="400"]Tom Brady won his 201st career game Sunday against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports) Tom Brady won his 201st career game Sunday against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)[/caption] We already know that Tom Brady wants to keep his foot on the gas pedal when it comes to staying in apparent blowout games late. Bill Belichick feels pretty much the same way as he made clear in his conference call Monday. During Sunday's game against the Rams, the Patriots had a 26-3 lead against a Los Angeles team that couldn't move the ball all day. With 5:52 left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots up 23 points, there was some speculation across social media that Brady would come out and give Jimmy Garoppolo a chance to get some snaps in. That turned out not to be the case, as Brady took the the field and continued his attack as normal against an LA team that could still provide a formidable pass rush. "After the game turns out and it's easy to go back and make those suggestions," Belichick said. "I've seen a few games in this league. I've seen double-digit leads evaporate in a minute or two. I know that's not a big concern when it doesn't happen. But when it does happen, it's a major crisis. Then it's a lot of second-guessing about what should've been done or shouldn't have been done. Just try to win the game." As it turns out, the Rams did put up some points late when Jared Goff hit a wide-open Kenny Britt on a 66-yard pass on 4th-and-11 at the Los Angeles 33. Several plays later, Goff hit Britt for a TD pass and it was suddenly a two-score game with 1:15 left. There was no onside kick and the Patriots recovered the kickoff in the end zone for a touchback and ran out the clock.