So I was watching the Pats on Monday Night Football to see the Return of Tom. NE was down 24-13 and the graphic noted that the last time the Pats trailed 24-13 in the fourth quarter was 2002 against the Dolphins; they won 27-24 in overtime.
My mind flashed back to that game. New England scored to make it a three-point affair, but the Dolphins had pre-dope Ricky Williams, who was dominating the league, and less than three minutes to go, so their chances to run out the clock and make the playoffs were very high...
Nope. Miami threw the ball three times (!!!) and punted to New England, which promptly went down the field and kicked an overtime-forcing field goal. From there it was just a formality, although the Packers' epic meltdown against the Jets prevented the Patriots from defending their Super Bowl title in the playoffs.
Anyway, now for the Michigan connection...I thought of this fateful game when Charlie Weis pulled that boneheaded pass-pass-punt routine on Saturday and gave Michigan the ball and more than zero timeouts. None other than Charlie Weis was calling plays for the Patriots during that 2002 comeback. Weird!
I'm not experienced as a coach, but every game I watch or coach in I try to determine the inflection point at which a coach's dumb call swung the ballgame. Avoiding these moments is a large part of not losing winnable games.