Before the Cleveland Browns joined the NFL the general point of every
offensive play was to score a TD. Not get a First Down, not set up a 3rd and manageable.....to SCORE. "Ball Control" and "Scoring Drives" were concepts that Paul Brown invented
, and at the time Cleveland's style of play was ridiculed and derided.
In the 1940 NFL Title Game the Bears beat the Redskins 73-0
, and no one was accused of "running it up".
So, as you watch the Pats chew Defenses up and spit them out while redefining the concept of the Point Spread in the NFL, don't hate them for "running it up", but instead admire their respect for NFL history and their homage to the teams of yore.