They Should Have Gone For It

Yes, the Giants totally screwed up last night by calling a pass play on 3rd down when Dallas was out of timeouts. And yes, Eli Manning screwed up when he threw the ball away instead of taking a knee or a sack. But, the Giants still had a chance to redeem that mistake by going for it on 4th down. Instead they compounded it by kicking a stupid field goal.

Now you are going to say how can you call a field goal that increases a team’s lead from three points to six stupid? The reason I do is because you have to consider the alternative to kicking that field goal. If the Giants go for it on 4th down and make it, they are up ten with about 90 seconds left in the game. That’s almost certainly a win. But even if they don’t make it, they leave Dallas on their own 1-yard line with 90 seconds needing a field goal to tie that game. That is the key reason they should have gone for it.

Think about it, if you are Dallas and you are down three and get the ball with 90 seconds and no time outs on your own 1, what are you trying to do? You are trying to kick a field goal and get the game to OT. But if you are down six your only hope is that you score a touchdown and win the game outright. So, by settling for a field goal, instead of going for the outright win, the Giants forced the Cowboys to play to for the win instead of a tie.

Now who knows what would have happened in overtime, the Giants certainly could have lost. But the point is that they would have still had an opportunity to win the game. By kicking that field goal they eliminated that chance.

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  • blmeanie  On September 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    agreed. found it interesting (if true) that Giants were snapping the ball with time on the clock throughout the drive according to the article.

    • nysportsfanatic  On September 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Eli Manning also apparently told Jennings not to score on 1st or 2nd down. Ugh


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