Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are big believers in preparation and efficiency on the football field.
On Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, they showed their machine-like precision and preparation by scrambling to get a last-second field goal to end the first half.
After Tom Brady scrambled on third-and-9 with 21 seconds remaining to set up fourth down, he quickly rose to his feet and signalled for the field goal unit to come out.
In 15 seconds, the Patriots evacuated the field, brought in the field goal unit, snapped the ball, and nailed the kick to add on an extra three points as time expired.
Here’s the play:
As the announcers noted, Brady likely informed the team beforehand that if they were short of a first down, the field goal unit would come in.
While it may not be the most impressive play you’ll see on an NFL Sunday, it is noteworthy for its execution. Many teams would fail to get off the field on time, have too many or too few players on the field, fail to snap the ball in time or miss the kick. Not the Patriots.
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