Money quote (from Bill Barnwell), and the lesson we should take from all after-the-fact analyses:
"The important factor that the cacophony of responses seems to be missing is that you can't judge Belichick's decision by the fact that it didn't work. As we've mentioned more than once in these pages, you cannot judge decisions by their outcome. You have to consider the process that goes into them, and then decide whether they're right or wrong at the moment they're made."If the goal was to win the game, Belichick made the right decision regardless of the outcome.