The Comeback Sequence Needed more Mustard for those Biscuits
I was re-watching the game and I wanted to focus on what exactly it was that irritated me about how we managed our attempt to win the game with a quarter left on the clock. We start the "comeback" by going for a 4th and 1 and throwing deep while deep in our own territory. This team is the king of the slant routes, the crossing pattern, the 7 yard special....but do we do what we do best? Nah, keep Foster in to block and let's throw a low % pass down field...to the rookie. On defense we roll out the same clown car with Ruud playing cornerback. After that, it's salvage the stats time and plod to our final scoring effort with 95% of the 4th quarter left. Throwing the ball deep while in 4th and 1 and chipping it down field with short passes when you have to be aggressive? If this is Kubiak's way of keeping them honest, he needs more mustard on his biscuits.
Here's how it went down:
4th & 1 on own 33. Foster stays in to block and Schaub misses on a deep route to Posey. Andre Johnson 10-15 yards further upfield in the same area. Turnover in Patriot red zone.
Pats swing Vereen out to the x wide out. Ruud runs out to cover him in space. Touchdown Patriots. 3rd TD for Vereen. Danny Woodhead started, Ridley is the feature back and Vereen is the 3rd back. One play after the turnover in our own territory we are down 13-38 with a full quarter to play.
13:05 on the clock. Houston 13, New England 38. Manning kick return to the Patriot 37 yard line. Pretty much the exact same place on the field we gave the Patriots on the initial 4th&1 in this sequence of events. After making safe throws taking what the defense gave them the Texans manage to finally score with 5:11 remaining in the game.
Patriot ball with 4:14 left in the game with a critical 3rd down situation after two runs straight up the gut for 8 yards. Kareem Jackson holds Wes Welker. Automatic 1st down, game over.