Originally Posted by in stitches
I still disagree. It was an out and out bonehead call. Lynch just pretty much just effortlessly ran through the Patriots for 5 yards on the previous play, and they had more than enough time to run the ball three times with the timeouts they had.
There is absolutely no reason why they should not have done exactly that. If they wanted to make the Patriots really work for that victory, having Marshawn Lynch run it up the gut three times in a row would be the way to do that. Not a short throw into coverage in the middle of the field at the goal line. It was poor call, and almost indefensible. Both before and after the outcome, imo
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree (well, at least to the extent of how bad the call was). Sometimes you have to do something different to keep a defense honest. I am not necessarily saying it was the right play call or that I would have made it myself, just that I think it is being judged way too harshly on the basis of hindsight. Ignoring a Lynch fumble, here are the scenarios that could happen:
1) Wilson throws interception; game over
2) Wilson throws TD pass; game basically over but Seattle wins absent a miracle
3) Wilson throws incomplete pass; Lynch scores a TD on the next play
4) Wilson throws incomplete pass; Lynch scores a TD on 4th down
5) Wilson throws incomplete pass; Lynch fails to score a TD on 2 tries
Obviously if Wilson throws a pick, the game's basically over. That scenario did happen. But there's a pretty strong chance that one of scenarios 2-4 happen too. The other option is that Lynch (who had done such a great job) wouldn't be able to make it in 2 tries but might have been able to do so in 3. I'm just not convinced that mathematically, that particular play call made a Seattle victory that much more unlikely. I'm sure some sports statistics blogger will run the numbers at some point, though.
This isn't the first time a coach has thrown the ball on 2nd and goal from the 1, even with a great RB. It won't be the last time.