So, where were you when it happened? Perhaps at a mall? Maybe, like me, you were driving and sat in stunned silence at the light as it changed from red to green and back again. Maybe you were out somewhere and didn't even know it happened until later. You may have even been in front of your TV and witnessed it live. Wherever you were, it was no less horrific.

It happened just after 4 p.m. The sky, already awash with milky clouds, was beginning to darken. Nightfall was setting in. Christmas lights would soon illuminate the cold late season evening. Christmas is coming, yet there was no joy in Patriot Nation.

Tom Brady had passed for 358 yards and tossed three touchdowns. It was another record-setting day for the GOAT. It was a gruesome battle and it appeared as though the good guys would prevail and clench their 10th consecutive AFC East title.

It wasn't to be.

With just seven seconds on the clock, Bill Belichick was out-Belichicked. A little razzle-dazzle, and just like that, the Dolphins moved the ball 69 yards down the field and into the end zone.

It was over. A collective gasp was followed by a deep sigh all over New England, and then life as we know it resumed.

The GOAT is still the GOAT. Belichick is still the best ever. And the Patriots will get 'em next time. After all, you could be Steve Gostkowski today, no?

Moral of the story? Never give up. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you think you have no time left on the clock, so get out there and razzle-dazzle.

How's that for being an optimist? Ugggh.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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