Football

Can’t you smell that smell?

Sunday’s Patriots-Giants clash had the smell of an epic football battle, It was destined to go down to the wire:

Whoever had the ball last would lose because they’d figure out a way to screw it up.

And look what happened – old Bailey Zappe leads the Patriots down the field for a game-tying, 35-yard field goal with :05 left … and pulls it, wide left.

Giants 10, Patriots 7.

OK, technically the Pats did not have the ball last. The Giants had to take a knee to end it.

And had Ryland hit the chip shot it would only have nudged the game into overtime. The OT odds would not have favored the Patriots.

Why Coach GOAT decided a field goal would suffice when they still had time to get in the endzone defies logic. The Patriots’ offense was moving the ball, a rarity that should always be milked as long as possible.

On the bright side, at least New England fans weren’t forced to make a choice between watching overtime or moving on to watch two good teams play.

It was ugly. It was ugly in the extreme. 

The score barely indicates how inept two NFL teams’ offenses can get.

Each week it seems as though it can’t get worse, but the Pats keep shoveling. At 2-9 even stubborn Bill Belichick defenders/apologists are ripping off their “In Bill We Trust” bumper stickers. 

As for his choice of quarterbacks, Mac Jones and Zappe were bad – big-time bad. Bring Malik Cunningham back into the quarterback room. Bring back Scott Zolak if he’s willing.

To be fair, Jones did a nice job running down Bobby Okerek after throwing his second interception. It was as bad a pass as an alleged NFL quarterback can throw … until Bailey Zappe hit Xavier McKinney in the numbers, leading the Giants to their go-ahead field goal. 

CBS nailed it by making this a 1 p,m. game. Or they made the right move in moving it up from 4 p.m.

Or they made some sort of really, really smart deal with NBC by not letting it serve as the Sunday night game.

The network also showed the gravity of this broadcast by assigning it to Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma.

It’s tough to know where that duo is on the CBS depth chart. But since they aren’t listed in CBS’ top seven NFL broadcast teams, it’s safe to say they won’t displace JIm Nantz and Tony Romo for the Super Bowl.

Albert and Vilma spent a ton of time reminiscing about the teams’ Super Bowl meetings, hauling in studio analysts Michael Strahan and Rob Gronkowski to steal a few lines from their memoirs.

They could have started reading off their Christmas lists to avoid the train wreck on the field no one would have cared.

Yup, this game had that certain smell.