Brady’s long-ball killed the Patriots

Cold Hard Football Facts points out that the Patriots should maybe return to their dink-and-dunk roots and skip the Brady long-ball:

The entire first half, Brady didn’t throw a ball more than 20 yards in the air, but it didn’t matter. Their 14-play, 96-yard drive to cap the first half was a thing of beauty.

Purists might miss the days of three yards and a cloud of dust, but the Patriots have reinvented it as seven yards and a blur of action.

But when he did throw deep, it was a disaster. He threw a pick on a deep pass to Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter, and when he needed to make the big downfield strike he couldn’t.

That’s a far cry from the year he broke Peyton Manning’s TD record. 

Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.