By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
With just a few seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and with the Patriots on fourth down, Bill Belichick opted to play the odds. Rather than kicking a field goal (something bettors on New England's side would have preferred with the spread) and dealing with the potential of a kick return touchdown, the Patriots had Tom Brady heave a pass up and out of bounds, a play designed to kill the remaining time on the clock and seal the deal on a victory.
Both sides seemed to think this was going to happen, too, as they both began to emerge from the benches before the pass even hit the ground out of bounds. But the game clock still read 0:01, and nobody seemed to know how that was even possible.
"I don’t know," Brady said when asked if he was given an explanation for the lone second remaining following a throw out of bounds that came with a seven-second hangtime. "I don't know.
"I couldn’t figure it out. I’ve never seen that before."
It also left Brady borderline scoffing at the idea that everything goes New England's way.
"It was still up in the air when they stopped the clock, so I don’t know," Brady offered. "Everyone says a Patriot gets advantages – I don’t know about that."
(Insert everybody screaming about the Cowboys getting called for two straight-up weird 'tripping' penalties, including a downright horrendous one late in the fourth quarter and after what would've been a third-down conversion.)
Playing in what were nightmarish conditions for an already-limited offense, Brady finished with 17-for-37 for 190 yards and a touchdown.
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