Patriots vs. Jets: Who Should Take the Blame for New England’s Epic Choke Job?

January 17, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New England Patriots, a huge favorite going into Sunday's game versus the New York Jets, played about as poorly as they have the entire season and now get to watch the rest of the playoffs from home.
While it seems borderline heresy to go after head coach Bill Belichick for this loss, there's no reason he should escape any blame for the Patriots' lack of effort on Sunday. The Patriots were out-played and out-coached in their own stadium after finishing the regular season 14-2.
Where did the Patriots go wrong? Was it the attempt to surprise the Jets with an onside kick? Was it the fake punt?
How did the Patriots allow Braylon Edwards, a receiver known for dropping passes when it matters the most, to make some of the biggest catches of his career?
Why was Wes Welker punished for veiled comments alluding to the Rex Ryan foot fetish story in a playoff game? While Belichick can claim the moral victory on that one, he'll be doing it from his living room while the Jet...

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