Even with a 33-point lead, Invoice Belichick couldn’t resist a intelligent transfer Monday to get an additional edge.

Throughout the fourth of quarter of his workforce’s blowout win towards the New York Jets, the Patriots coach took benefit of what he later described as a “loophole” within the guidelines to empty an almost a further minute off the clock.

Up 33-Zero with 11:13 left within the sport, the Patriots had the ball on fourth down on the Jets’ 33-yard line and, after working down the 40-second play clock, took what seemed to be an intentional delay of sport penalty to provide punter Jake Bailey extra room to punt. Nevertheless, Jets coach Adam Gase declined the penalty.

The issue, nevertheless, for the Jets was that the play clock didn’t cease. So the Patriots once more ran down the play clock to close zero — and the sport clock to beneath 10 minutes — earlier than Brandon Bolden drew what once more appeared to be an intentional false start penalty (presumably, Belichick knew that, according to NFL rules, two consecutive delay of video games would have drawn a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty towards the Patriots, leading to a 15-yard loss and a clock stoppage).

However once more, Gase declined the penalty, permitting one other 40 seconds to run off the clock earlier than Bailey finally punted the ball and eliciting an ever-so-subtle smile from Belichick on the opposing sideline.

In complete, 90 seconds elapsed between the Patriots’ third- and fourth-down snaps. However each ESPN announcers and NFL followers alike have been extra captivated by Belichick’s uncommon show of amusement. Twitter even created a “second” capturing his shortly viral response.

After the sport, Belichick was requested in regards to the collection of occasions and admitted that he utilized a “loophole” within the NFL guidelines that the league would possibly search to deal with.

“It was simply the best way the foundations are arrange,” Belichick stated throughout his post-game press convention, acknowledging that the Patriots have been “in a position to run fairly a little bit of time without work the clock with out actually having to do something.”

“That’s in all probability a loophole that might be closed, and doubtless needs to be closed,” he added. “However proper now it’s open.”


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