Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Belichick: End of half a point of emphasis vs. Ravens


The final minutes -- or just minute -- of each half will be at a premium when the New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

After jumping out to a pretty nice 17-3 lead with just over three minutes to go in the second quarter of a victory over the Houston Texans last week, the Patriots allowed the Texans to score 10 points inside the two-minute warning. (photo: Keith Allison)

"We never want to do that," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the media Tuesday. "We always think that the end of the half can get a little different than the rest of the game because of situational play and also sometimes offensively teams change their method of attack and what they’re doing and how they’re doing it and that kind of thing.

"So you have to adapt and adjust to what they do. We have to do what we’re doing better."

The Ravens are very familiar with the importance of the final minute of the half, as well. Without it, Baltimore wouldn't even be alive.

Last week, the Ravens scored a touchdown with 36 seconds to go in the first half to go into the break tied with the Denver Broncos 17-17. Then, they scored with 31 seconds to go in regulation to force it to overtime before winning in the second extra period.

"It’s definitely a point of emphasis and I’m sure it will be important in this game," Belichick. "We’ll definitely work on it."

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