Shaughnessy: Patriots Would Be Outraged If They Lost Coin Toss

If the Patriots didn't win the overtime coin toss in the AFC Championship, they likely would have lost, Dan Shaughnessy says – and the NFL would have heard about it

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January 24, 2019 - 11:59 am

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Tom Brady won his ninth AFC Championship on Sunday, and he may have the coin flip to thank.

“(The Chiefs) ran up 31 in the second half on them, and I think if they would have won the coin flip, they would have won the game,” Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy said on The DA Show. “No one was stopping anybody. Both teams scored twice in the last 2:30 of that game. But New England outlasted them and got by it – and good for them. First road win in 12 years in the playoffs.”

As DA pointed out, Lady Luck has been on the Patriots’ side repeatedly over the last two decades.

“Time-tested formula,” Shaughnessy said. “Go back to the tuck rule. The big joke is the whole dynasty is built on a lie. The rule doesn’t even exist anymore. They won the toss in that one, then Atlanta in the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, and then this thing. So three overtimes, won the flip in all three, the other team did not touch the ball in all three. Had that happened in reverse, the competition committee would be hearing a lot of noise from New England right now.”

Some fans and analysts, however, have no problem with the NFL’s overtime rules. They believe if you can’t stop a team from scoring a touchdown, then you don’t deserve to win the game.

Shaughnessy disagrees.

“I don’t like the notion that, ‘Oh, it’s up to the Chiefs to stop them,’” he said. “Well, the Patriots didn’t have to stop the Chiefs. All they had to do was do what both teams were doing at the end, which is go back down the field.”

In addition to coin tosses going their way, the Patriots have benefitted from opponents’ (often inexcusable) shortcomings: The Seahawks throwing the ball on the 1-yard line; the Falcons collapsing in the Super Bowl; Billy Cundiff missing a 32-yard field goal in the AFC Championship; 20 years of woeful AFC East competition.

It’s been one thing after another after another.

“Again, that’s not something the Patriots did well in order to prevail,” Shaughnessy said. “It’s just something that happened. Hey, you make your own luck and you take advantage of the breaks. No one does it better than them. . . . But if you hate the Patriots and wish them evil, life’s got to be hard. It’s a life of frustration. You think it’s over, you think you got them – and there it goes again. Here they are again.”