The Patriots set off to South Beach to clinch the AFC East and come away with an oft-elusive win down in South Florida. Instead...they came away with one of the most frustrating end of game collapses in recent memory. Tom Brady put up great numbers and the offense produced over 30 points...but the situaitonal execution was suprisingly poor. The defense reverted to their occasional 2018 habit of atrocious run defense, and that opened the floodgates, as any listerner to this show knows.
Gronk played great. Edelman was productive, per usual. Gordon flashed. And the specials teams units turned the rare trick of TWO blocked punts in one game. Yet, the story of the game will forever be the ridiculous failed defense of the final lateral play from 69 yards out that flipped the outcome as the clock expired.
How did this all happen? How could it have all been avoided? Where does this leave the Pats going forward? And what were the positives that shouldn't get lost in the emotion.
Matt Chatham breaks it all down for you in as thorough a manner as you'll find in the Patriots universe. This one was educational, but it might hurt a little. Let's dive in...