Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) celebrates with strong safety Steve Gregory (28) after an interception during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick calls hit on Aqib Talib the worst play he's ever seen


The New England Patriots fell eleven points shy of making it to the Super Bowl this year, and the team in in reflection mode at the moment. From Tom Brady’s high passes to the defense not being able to contain Peyton Manning, the Patriots did not have a good day on Sunday.

One of the reasons for the defensive failure on Sunday afternoon was the absence of cornerback Aqib Talib. New England lost their star cornerback when he took a shot from Wes Welker and never returned to the game. Not only was the hit one that changed the game in favor of the Broncos, but it was something that Bill Belichick called one of the worst plays he’s ever seen.

Belichick is in a position to be surly, as his team fell short in it’s second consecutive AFC Championship game. The hit on Talib didn’t appear to be that bad in real time or in replay, and the fact that the Patriots are the team complaining means that lots of people are already siding against them.

Either way, the play changed the game, and we’re not hearing Belichick say anything about Julian Edelman’s similar hit on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, so there may be a bit of favoritism going on here.

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  • Casini

    Didn’t you write elsewhere that the Edelman block wasn’t flagged b/c it wasn’t an infraction?