Monday, November 17, 2008

Something I didn't understand

With about 12 minutes left to play, Miami led 14-5, and faced a 4th and 4 and the Oakland 34.  They punted, and naturally Oakland got a field goal on that drive.
Then, with about 4:50 left, leading 14-8, Miami faces 4th and 2 on their own 45.  They punt, and Higgins returns it for a TD.
And with two minutes remaining, trailing 15-14, Miami goes for it on 4th and 5 from the Oakland 35.
Okay, I'll grant you the middle one was the "right call" with the wrong outcome.  But the first one was the wrong call.  They punted from the opponent 34?  Sheesh, that's not the right move.  And, well, at the end of the game, a 51 yard field goal may be just at the edge of your kicker's range, so going for it was not a bad idea.
But, seeing it like this makes you scratch your head...
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