A few immediate reactions to the game
- I didn't think I could hate Tom Brady any more than I already did, but now I do. Not saying Anthony Smith didn't deserve to be talked to, but still a dick move.
- Was their strategy any real surprise? We have two backup safeties in the game and they pick on them. Not sure if Polamalu could have made a difference on either of the long bombs, but I would have liked to see him try.
- I'm reminded of the '05 regular season Indianapolis game right away, which is one of the positives I would take out of the game. Though, the Colts looked past us in the playoffs that year, and I don't think Belichick will let that happen to this team.
-One of the effective strategies that Baltimore used was keeping Ed Reed really far back, sometimes out of the camera's view. If Smith is an extra ten yards back on the bombs, the long TDs don't happen. I was also surprised with the amount of room Taylor was giving on a lot of plays to Moss. He did jam him occasionally, but when he wasn't up on him it seemed like an easy 10 yard gain most of the time.
Overall, I can't say I'm that dejected. We went into Foxboro and were down by 4 at halftime. We ended up losing by 21, with two of their touchdowns exploiting two back up safeties. Our offense moved the ball, but couldn't punch it in when it mattered. Tomlin was aggressive and didn't back down. I'd rather shock the world in January anyway.