Exactly, as a pats fan where for the last 2 seasons 3rd and long meant a massive play for the other side, the last 3 weeks have been mind blowing.That pats defence was on another level yesterday to where they have been all year. Sure it didn't have a 37-30 score line but in a modern NFL era where total points scored for a game normally exceed 40+ this was a very pleasant surprise. On any other day, the Rams defence wins the game for them too. It took Brady basically having the go to two of the most elite players in the business in Edelman and Gronk to get the job done when it mattered the most.
Coaching was the real difference in the game and it showed. Belichick completely outfoxed McVay's very much vaunted offence. To hold a team that scored 33pts per game this year to just 3 points is insane. Experience in big games counts for a lot.
Remember at the start of last season where everyone was saying Bellichick paying Gilmore instead of Butler was ridiculous? What a turn around!