I broke down the SF/NE game looking at SF drives to try and get a better understanding of what I was feeling after watching the game. Here Is how it looks. (what I thought during the game is in red)
1st drive 6 plays 63 yards =TD *LEGIT DRIVE, GOOD TD
2nd drive Fumble (lucky he got it back they were on SF 17) = PUNT
SF INTERCEPTION * Brady was forcing this pass, it's not like the pick was miraculous, watch it over again
3rd drive Fumble (NE recovers on their own 5)
4th drive 8 plays 42 yards, missed FG from 39yards
SF FUMBLE RECOVERY (they get a lucky bounce could have just as easily been a patriot recovery, there were 4 Pats right there, it was a bad bounce for them, totally circumstance, weather and bad luck)
5TH drive Fumble ( doesn’t matter failed 4th down), 4 plays 9 yards turnover on downs.But still SF didn't capitalize on a huge fumble recovery
6th drive HUGE PI CALL to the tune of 35 yards, 3 plays 80 yards = TD *3 EXPLOSIVE PLAYS FOR 80 YARDS
7th drive 15 plays 75 yards = FG *COULDN’T GET IT DONE HERE WITH ALL THAT MOMENTUM
8TH drive kaep throws an INT, trying to force another explosive play, the guy was double covered
SF RECOVERS A FUMBLE AT SF 28 RETURNED TO NE 6 *CIRCUMSTANCE, LUCK, AND WEATHER
9th drive Kaep Fumbles ( LUCKY SOB, GORE PICK IT UP AND SCORES). He literally almost screws another opportunity to capitalize on a turnover = TD
SF INTERCEPTION PUTS THEM ON NE 27 *first of all Terrible place to throw it for Brady, and Very lucky interception if you watch it, it was completely circumstantial
10th drive 1 play 27 yds = TD*INTERCEPTION MADE IT PRETTY EASY
11TH drive = punt
12th drive = punt
13th drive = punt
NEW ENGLAND PUTS UP 28 UN ANSWERED POINTS
LMJ RETURNS FOR 62 YARDS *OUR ST WOULDN’T ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN
11th drive 1 play 38 yards = TD *EXPLOSIVE PLAY
12th drive= punt
NEW ENGLAND MISSES 4TH AND 1 LEAVING SF IN THE RED ZONE *TERRIBLE PLAY CALL ON NE MADE
13TH drive easy = FG * WITH THE GREAT FIELD POSITION, THEY COULDN’T PUT IT IN THE ENDZONE
THEY GIVE UP 57 YARDS IN 1 MIN AND ANOTHER FG WITH 40+ SECONDS ON THE CLOCK, WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF PATS GOT THE ONSIDE KICK?
So what does this all add up to? What I am seeing here, and let me know what you guys think, is this game was completely thrown off by the weather first of all. Secondly, SF had one solid drive that led to a TD. Other than that they had a garbage game, full of fumbles, explosive/circumstantial plays.
Not to mention horrible consistency. They started out with a 28 point lead after capitalizing on multiple INTs and Fumbles that gave them optimal field position, and ended up giving 28 unanswered points and a total of 520 total yards of offense.
Guys I don't know if I'm totally off base here, I just can't look at this laundry list of terrible football I have listed above and think that this team is "ELITE". I honestly think the Hawks are going to smoke this team, like really bad, this could be a huge game for us.