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Patriots strategy was not 'sound'
Since Chiefs coach Hank Stram famously agreed to be miked XLII years ago, no Super Bowl experience truly has been complete until we hear the NFL Films audio to learn what really went on.
Super Bowl XLVI was no exception. Only three days after the game, behind-the-scenes insights began to emerge on the NFL Network’s “Sound FX’’ show, as well as on NFL.com.
Among the highlights was Patriots coach Bill Belichick telling his defense before the Giants’ winning drive, “Make them go to Manningham. Make them go to Pascoe, all right? But let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.’’
Oops. The Giants opened with a 38-yard pass from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham, right in front of Belichick.
Later, Patriots defenders Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork were heard in the huddle saying that for strategic reasons they had to let the Giants score, while on the sideline quarterback Tom Brady was saying, “They’re not going to score.’’
They did, when Ahmad Bradshaw awkwardly and reluctantly fell backward into the end zone, and all turned out well for the Giants in the end.