Actually it was a really good call. The Giants were going to run the clock all the way down and kick the FG anyway. So you might as well let them score and give Brady a chance. The big problem for NE is that their entire passing game is just built to exploit the rules - e.g. dink and dunk , and they have no downfield threats anymore, so they were always going to be up against it. Great season, great game, great result!