Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are big believers in preparation and efficiency on the football field.
On Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, they showed their machine-like precision and preparation by scrambling to get a last-second field goal at the end of the first half.
After Tom Brady scrambled on third-and-9 with 21 seconds remaining to set up fourth down, he quickly rose to his feet and signaled for the field-goal unit to come out.
In 15 seconds, the Patriots evacuated the field, brought in the field-goal unit, snapped the ball, and nailed the kick to add an extra three points as time expired.
Here’s the play:
As the announcers noted, Brady most likely informed the team beforehand that if it came up short of a first down, the field-goal unit would enter.
While it may not be the most impressive play you’ll see on an NFL Sunday, it is noteworthy for its execution. Many teams would fail to get off the field on time, have too many or too few players on the field, fail to snap the ball in time, or miss the kick. Not the Patriots, who went on to win Sunday, 36-20.