09-14-2008, 09:45 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Fairfield County, CT
Re: Rule Question: 10 Second runoff
Originally Posted by xmarkd400x
Say for argument's sake:
Patriots are up by one point, and the 2 minute warning has just happened. It is 4th and 30. No timeouts left.
Could they just false start the entire time and run out the clock with those 10 second runoffs?
Sounds like something BB would exploit and then forfeit a 1st for.
What do you think?
It wouldn't work, because the rule isn't designed for that situation.
In particular, the defense decides what penalty it wants.
It can choose to let the play stand, take the yards and decline the runoff, or take the yards and the runoff. [It cannot let the play stand but still take the runoff.] Thus I can't imagine a situation like the above where the D would accept the runoff.
It was actually designed for a scenario more like Denver versus the Chargers today: to prevent a team from "eating" a penalty to give them extra chances to win the game.
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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