Following the Patriots’ 35-30 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night in Seattle where Cam Newton was stopped at the 1-yard line on the final play of the game, a lot has been made of the time management in the final minute.
With 36 seconds left, Newton found Julian Edelman for a 18-yard gain to get to the 13-yard line. Instead of taking their final timeout, close to 20 seconds ran off the clock as the Patriots did not run their next play until there were 13 seconds remaining.
It was an incomplete pass in the end zone and then on the next play Newton found N’Keal Harry, but he was stopped at the 1-yard line with three seconds left where the Patriots used their final timeout.
Belichick and the Patriots could have called their timeout after the Edelman catch with just under 30 seconds left, which could have had an additional play or two get run, but just not from the 1-yard line.
"I feel good about it,” he said on a video conference Monday afternoon when asked if he was pleased with how the final sequence played out after reviewing the tape.
Belichick added: “We were able to stop the clock and get the play run that was the critical play in the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I think that’s the position you want to be in — not race up to the ball and try and come up with something on the 1-yard line, especially at the last second. It’s doable, but it’s hard to do. When you have the team on the run in the two-minute drill and you have the play that you’re familiar with running and try and score while they’re scrambling a little bit, there’s certainly some merit to that.
“I am fine with the way that we ended up. We ended up with the play we wanted to run at the end of the game that didn’t work out. I would take that over a lot of other situations that could have come up.”
Belichick and the Patriots players credited the Seahawks for making a good play.