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Tom Brady helped persuade Bill Belichick to try late field goal

The Buffalo Bills are in the early stages of getting a new stadium, and will likely hope to get public money to get it done down the road.

It wasn’t quite as compelling as last year’s “Philly Philly” moment, but this year’s Super Bowl included a quarterback-coach sideline discussion that helped persuade the coach into making a decision that contributed to a championship.

NFL Films video from Sunday’s game shows Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lobbying for a 41-yard field goal attempt at a time when New England faced fourth and short from the L.A. 24, with 1:16 to play.

A first down would have essentially ended the game. But a field goal would, too. And Brady pushed for it. Coach Bill Belichick agreed.

The kick from Stephen Gostkowski, who had hooked a 46-yard try in the first half, hooked it again, but this time it stayed inside the left upright, giving the Patriots a 10-point lead that proved to be insurmountable.

The decision didn’t come without risk. A miss would have given the Rams the ball at their own 31, along with a chance to drive the field, score a touchdown, and either try to force overtime or go for the win with a two-point conversion.