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  • Originally posted by Johnnyallstar View Post
    It's surprising that more coaches don't realize that when you're up two scores in the 4th quarter your main opponent is the clock. Kill the clock, win the game. Falcons were trying to keep it somewhat uptempo, snapping the ball with ~20 seconds left on each play they had. Kill two more minutes on their two drives, or forcing out BB's timeouts should have completely changed the outcome of the game.
    This seemed like the dumbest part to me. I bet they could have taken off a whole 2 minutes had they simply not hiked the ball until the last 5 seconds or so once they were up 28-3. You already know as early as the 3rd quarter that time is at a premium for the Patriots--why voluntarily give them more of it? I guess you want to play the up-tempo game that got you the lead in the first place, but still, it just seems dumb.

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    • Beyond that, they only ran the ball 5 times after being up 28-3. Classic Shanahan abandoning the run.

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