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The Last Play of Super Bowl XLIX ...
« on: Feb 3rd, 2015, 3:36am »
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... was an entirely reasonable call!  The Seahawks only had 20 seconds left on the clock and one timeout.  If they had run it on that play against a stacked line and did not score, their next play would have been TOTALLY predictable.  It would have almost definitely had to have been a pass.  A run on third down would have been TOTALLY risky.  Only fourth down would have been truly up in the air and kept the Patriots' defense on their heels.
 
So, by passing it on second down, which was unpredictable as is evidenced by the Patriots' stacking the line, assuming any completion would have gone for a touchdown, they would have been able to remain unpredictable on BOTH third and fourth down because they would have preserved their timeout on an incompletion.  It is just that a guy, Malcolm Butler, made a FANTASTIC, CLUTCH play, and the one bad thing that could happen happened, an interception.  Either a touchdown or an incomplete pass would have been a good outcome for the Seahawks.  Notwithstanding Collinsworth and Michaels's criticism in the immediate aftermath and all the ensuing critiques, the Seahawks went with the odds, and a guy just made a great play against them!
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Re: The Last Play of Super Bowl XLIX ...
« Reply #1 on: Feb 4th, 2015, 2:22pm »
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This is totally off target about the play in question, just my thoughts of what I would have loved to have seen on SB SUNDAY.  
 
After the game I really think the NFL, and Tom Brady missed a GOLDEN opportunity... Tom should have found Michelle Tofoya, or any reporter/camera, then  located Richard Sherman and ask him that age old question..."YOU MAD BRO?" LOL
 
Another great moment that could have been, but TD Tommy isn't that kind of player.
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Re: The Last Play of Super Bowl XLIX ...
« Reply #2 on: Feb 7th, 2015, 7:18pm »
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on Feb 3rd, 2015, 3:36am, StegRock wrote:
... was an entirely reasonable call! The Seahawks only had 20 seconds left on the clock and one timeout. If they had run it on that play against a stacked line and did not score, their next play would have been TOTALLY predictable. It would have almost definitely had to have been a pass. A run on third down would have been TOTALLY risky. Only fourth down would have been truly up in the air and kept the Patriots' defense on their heels.
 
So, by passing it on second down, which was unpredictable as is evidenced by the Patriots' stacking the line, assuming any completion would have gone for a touchdown, they would have been able to remain unpredictable on BOTH third and fourth down because they would have preserved their timeout on an incompletion. It is just that a guy, Malcolm Butler, made a FANTASTIC, CLUTCH play, and the one bad thing that could happen happened, an interception. Either a touchdown or an incomplete pass would have been a good outcome for the Seahawks. Notwithstanding Collinsworth and Michaels's criticism in the immediate aftermath and all the ensuing critiques, the Seahawks went with the odds, and a guy just made a great play against them!

 
Okay, I stand by what I say there, but after some conversations about this I do concede that the pass should not have been a short one into the crowded middle of the field.  A bootleg would have made sense.  It would have given Russell options, including just throwing the ball away easily.
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Re: The Last Play of Super Bowl XLIX ...
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on Feb 7th, 2015, 7:18pm, StegRock wrote:

 
Okay, I stand by what I say there, but after some conversations about this I do concede that the pass should not have been a short one into the crowded middle of the field. A bootleg would have made sense. It would have given Russell options, including just throwing the ball away easily.

 
Right!  I, too, think that the most reasonable non-running play at that point is a naked bootleg.  But if it's a true pass-play, you've got to have some deception in there (if only play-action).  Yikes.
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