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Antrel Rolle on Patriots: 'It wasn't their time'

Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:00 pm
New York's secondary blew a coverage on what turned out to be the turning point in the game. (

By Ryan Wilson

In the hours and days since the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, the prevailing storyline has been about wide receiver Wes Welker and the drop. Except that the play in question -- a fourth-down pass with 4:06 left in the game and the Pats leading 17-15 -- wasn't so much a drop as a poor throw from Tom Brady. We said as much at the time although those sentiments weren't universally shared. (And never mind NBC's Cris Collinsworth announcing that Welker makes that grab "100 times out of a 100." Uh, no he doesn't.)

On Monday, Giants safety Antrel Rolle appeared on 1090 Sports Radio in San Diego to talk about the Brady-to-Welker misfire that set up New York's game-winning drive.

“Well actually there was a communication error on that play," Rolle said via "That was guys playing two different coverages and we tried to relay the right coverage down, but once you’re locked in…you are locked in. We tried to relay the coverage a little too late. Some guys were playing one coverage while others were playing another, but through it all things like that happen. Things like that tend to get away from you in the game and we just thank god that Wes didn’t make that catch."

Rolle's right. Looking at the replay, before the snap, safeties Deon Grant (No. 34) and Kenny Phillips (21) appear to be relaying coverage information to cornerback Corey Webster (21) and Rolle (26). As Rolle noted Monday, there was some confusion.

Not everybody in the Giants' secondary was playing the same coverage on the play.  (

Welker, in the slot, comes off the line of scrimmage untouched and when Rolle slows up while Welker continues running down the seam, it creates a huge window (see the image at the top of this post). One that on any other day, Brady stripes, hits Welker in stride, with a touchdown the likely result. Just not Sunday night. (After the ball falls to the turf, Phillips turns immediately to Rolle and they talk about the coverage responsibilities on the play.)

"It wasn’t their time," Rolle said. "It wasn’t their time. Everyone has a fair…has a time where…they needed their time. [Sunday] just wasn’t New England’s time. They’re an outstanding football team. One of the best football teams I have ever played against and I don’t like going up against them too much because I know what they bring to the table. With that being said we got to go out there and do what we need to do as a team. Go out there and be the best we can be.”

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Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:21 pm

Antrel Rolle = Douche Bag

Rolle is a loud-mouth douche bag -- yeah, his team got him a ring... ...but Ill be enjoying replays of Vernon Davis BLOWING past that wuss on the way to a 73 yd TD.  Giants may have beat NE, but the Niners beat themselves -- NYG aint nothin'...

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:23 am

Antrel Rolle on Patriots: 'It wasn't their time'

I stopped reading once I saw the idiot say it was a fourth down pass. Either pay attention to the game or proof read your article before hitting the send button.

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:47 am
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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:24 am

Antrel Rolle on Patriots: 'It wasn't their time'

If Brady didn't make Welker turn his whole body to attempt the catch. The Patriots a almost assured a win. There a a bunch of defining plays. If Romo doesn't over throw Austin the Giants don't even go to the playoffs. The list is endless. To win a Superbowl, things have to go your way. Go Blue!

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:28 am

Antrel Rolle on Patriots: 'It wasn't their time'

I agree Cris Collinsworth doesn't know what the heck he is talking about.  The throw was off the mark because Brady didn't put it where it had to be and now he is letting Welker take all the blame for it.  All of Brady's receivers seem to make him look good because they seem to catch almost everything he throws at them whether it is too high, too short, too far out or too far in.  It's time for Brady to man up. 

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