Can The Patriots Get an Edge with Real-time CFD Simulation?

I think I figured it out. The Patriots might be using real-time CFD simulation to raise their field goal percentages.

As anyone who watches the NFL knows, the Patriots are perennial winners. With their third Super Bowl appearance in the last four years, it seems they have an automatic ticket to the big game. However, all six of their appearances in the last 14 years have been close, coming down to 4 or fewer points. A single missed field goal could have sent the Lombardi trophy to a different team.

Fortunately for the Patriots, their kicking game is top notch. New England has finished in the top 5 in made field goal percentage in 4 of the last 5 years, with a league best 94.6% made field goals in 2014. Is this because they only attempt conservative kicks, or play in a closed stadium? In fact, it is quite the opposite. Continue reading