Especially when you have the best quarterback in the NFL and a defense that’s good but not great. Along with first team that scores wins. The odds are totally against you when kicking off. You have to a) defend against a score then b) go on offense and score. Receiving eliminates the need to defend. Depending on the other team to turnover is a total fools quest.
The only thing I can think of Belichick is not sure how overtime works. Worst decision nay stupidest decision to make especially after your star quarterback leads you back to a tie.
If they lose home field advantage during the playoffs blame Bill.
I am not a head coach or coach nor ever played the game beyond TecmoBowl or the Madden games but even I know this was completely idiotic.