In Yielding 2 Points, Belichick Is a Winner: "ENVER, Nov. 4 (AP) � With the New England Patriots trailing Denver by a point and facing fourth down from their 1 late in the fourth quarter, Coach Bill Belichick told Lonie Paxton to snap the ball out of the end zone.
An intentional safety? Yes, it was an unusual strategy. And it worked to perfection Monday night."
Well, it worked because of a bone-headed play by the guy who had given the Broncos the lead earlier, Deltha O'Neal. While the punt return for a touchdown was great, the 'letting the free kick after the safety fly over your head' play was not so hot. It was the mistake that gave the Pats the chance they needed.