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Belichick breaks down the team’s win over the Giants

Bill Belichick spoke to the media today about the Giants game, breaking down the game plan it took to gut out the one point win.

He was asked about Edelman for which he gave a simple answer, he doesn’t have any updates. True Belichick style. He was asked about the fourth down play on the final drive of the game and he went into a few details.

“We kind of had a similar play called the play before when Tom stepped up in the pocket and tried to hit [Brandon] LaFell and there was some space there, but on the completion it looked like Casillas just backed off a little bit and Danny got in front of him and got the yardage,” Belichick said“. It was a close play, but it was just enough room to get in there and make it. The play before as I said was a similar kind of play. Tom got a little bit of – I think they were in probably the same defense – Tom got a little bit of pressure and stepped up and probably the throw to Amendola might have been there on the play before, but when he stepped up there was a little bit of space there when LaFell came inside but the execution, we just weren’t able to hit it and the ball kind of bounced out there and all that. Obviously, protection was key for us on the fourth-down play and that made it a good clean pocket and a good clean play for Brady to step in and Danny to run a really good, crisp route. James White was involved in that last drive of kind of chipping the ends from his backfield position and I think that kind of helped firm up the pocket a little bit.”

He also talked about defending the Giants’ rub routes on their final drive.

“Right, any time you’re in man-to-man coverage and there is multiple people involved – two-on-two, three-on-three or sometimes you can be three-on two or four-on-three, whatever it happens to be – yeah, I think the communication is the key thing there,” Belichick said. “There are a lot of different ways you can play it. The most important thing is that you clearly know how you’re playing it and everybody is playing it the same way. If one guy is playing it one way and the other guy is playing it another way, then you’re dead. Yeah, so on two-on-two’s, we can combo those and switch them. Sometimes the rule changes a little bit about when we switch or when we don’t depending on the type of route that they run. Yeah, that was the case. I think on the first play, which was a second-down play, we also got some pressure on that play with I want to say it was Akiem Hicks and maybe Rob [Ninkovich] coming off the edge there. I don’t know if it would have got to [Eli] Manning because he kind of grabbed it and threw it but there wasn’t a lot of time for him to sort out the pattern, whereas on the second one it was kind of a rollout play and then that extended a little bit longer all the way to the sideline and finally whoever it was – Rob or Malcolm [Butler] or somebody – came up there and kind of forced him to … He just went down and took the sack and kept the clock running. But the first play he really never got outside at all. It was just pressure and Logan [Ryan] took the outside route to [Dwayne] Harris and then Malcolm kind of fell off it and the combination of the pressure and the coverage, there just wasn’t much there.”

To read his full transcript, GO HERE. 

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