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No dumber than attempting an onsides kick
The default play is to save as much time as possible in that situation. There was enough time left that they could have ran one more play out of bounds if they wanted to. It was a close call to kick the field goal as witnessed by the miss just after Seattle called a timeout.
But if you're calling it with 13 seconds so that you can run one more play, then go ahead and run the play. If you're not going to run a play, then you don't call the timeout until 3 seconds. Either way, it was stupid.
Here are the options with 13 seconds left:
1) call a timeout. now you have 13 seconds to either run one more play out of bounds or kick a field goal. This is the safe play because nobody can screw up.
2) run to the line and kill the clock. Even the most perfect execution would run 5 seconds off the clock leaving 8 seconds and a timeout. If the refs blow the whistle a little late you're left with 6 seconds and a timeout (not enough time to run a play.) This was the play they should have ran because the worst case scenario is they kick the field goal with a timeout, and the best case scenario is they kill the clock with enough time to run a play and get in better field goal position.
3) run to the line and run a play. This involves a team running to the line and getting off a snap without a false start which would move them out of field goal range.
You forgot about option 4, which is to just let the clock run down to a couple seconds, call the timeout, and kick the game winning field goal as time expires.
And you can't call option 1 a safe play. Look what happened to Wilson at the end of the first half. Or think back to Georgia against Alabama. Weird shit can happen, and it wouldn't be smart to risk it just to gain a couple extra yards.
2 and 3 aren't options at all. 13 seconds is not enough time to run 20+ yards down the field, get set, and spike the ball...let alone run a play. ATL had two options: Call a time out and kick a fg, or call a time out and run a quick out along the sideline to try and get a little closer and kick a fg. if you are opting for the first choice, then it was stupid to leave 13 seconds on the clock.
Bingo. This was a case of making the decision without thinking the process fully out. Once you decide for the field goal, it's all or nothing. In that case, let the clock run down to 4 seconds and then call the timeout.
Maybe they called time out, and wanted to run another play...and, then decided just to kick it.
Jesus, enough with the bumps, Nigel. We get it.
Thank you, Denicos.
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