FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Something strange happened Sunday night as the temperature dropped and pressure rose on a rainy evening at Gillette Stadium.
It was the master and his talented subjects who blinked while the upstart passer from across the country played as if he had been here and done this so many times before.
Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots came up short despite a furious second-half comeback when the coach made a questionable decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from New England's 12-yard line with 2:24 remaining . While some observers will say that New England was badly outplayed in an eventual 41-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and young quarterback Colin Kaepernick, this decision was one for the ages.