remember when BB went for it on 4th and 2 in their own territory to try and keep the ball out of Manning's hands only for Indy to stop them and then drive 30 yards for the win?
that was highly criticized
but at least Belichick realized he had a chance to win it right then and there and he rather trust his guy to get 2 yards and not have to trust his defense to keep Peyton out of the end zone
this was 3RD DOWN...all he had to do was complete a 7 yard pass...and they win
but instead you think punting (where a number of things could go wrong as well) and giving Joe Flacco 75 seconds (he can throw 65 yards no problem) is a better way to win the game.