DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on in the second half against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick doesn’t regret late-game decisions

At some point in the next seven months, there might be one or two New Englanders wondering out loud why the Patriots didn’t kick a field goal in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game.

OK, it might be one or two million Patriots fans second-guessing Bill Belichick.

The Patriots coach, however, said Monday he has no regrets going for it on fourth down twice instead of attempting field goals, according to NFL.com.

Trailing 20-12, the Patriots faced a fourth-and-1 from the Broncos’ 16-yard line with just over six minutes left. Instead of attempting a field goal, the Patriots went for it and Julian Edelman lost a yard on a screen pass from Tom Brady.

The Patriots defense held the Broncos to a three-and-out and it was decision time again for the Patriots with 2:25 left. On fourth-and-6 from the Broncos 14 Brady threw an incomplete pass to a triple-covered Rob Gronkowski in the end zone.

The Patriots got the ball back yet again at the 50-yard line, and this time Brady threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski with 17 seconds left. But Aqib Talib tipped the two-point conversion attempt and Bradley Roby plucked it out of the air and the Broncos won 20-18.

Had the Patriots kicked two field goals instead of turning the ball over on downs, they’d have only needed a field goal to win on their final drive and Peyton Manning might be mulling retirement right now.

The Patriots can’t be blamed for going for the touchdown with 2:25 left because there’s no guarantee they’d get the ball back. The decision to go for it with six minutes left is a head-scratcher, however.

To a certain extent, Belichick will know how Pete Carroll felt during the 2015 offseason.

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