Originally Posted by maverick4
...except the Cardinals HAD to score a TD and were actually making progress with their limited time.
Contrast that to us, we only needed a FG, and yet we called 4 straight slow developing bomb plays to end the game...
If this is the last thing I say on this board about THAT game, I'd be a happy man. Hopefully it is:
But that is the one thing that burns me the most about that game, and it's something that gets overshadowed among the other suckiness. Why on earth do you not play for a FG on that final drive?
You know the Giants are playing a deep shell over the top. You have three timeouts, 35 seconds, and crappy field position. You have two burners, Moss and Stallworth, to clear out whatever defense lurks underneath, you can send Gaffney on a fly pattern too, and then you have Welker and possibly Watson underneath. 45 freakin' yards was all that needed to be gained for a 47 yard FG attempt. Why, WHY WHY WHY call slow, painfully developing verticals? There's no doubt in my mind that they could have taken the 40-50 yards to get a FG shot in that one at the end. There's no way the Giants were going to be beaten deep, none. That third and 20 pass was beautiful to watch in the air; Brady got it 70 in the air, easily, and Moss seemed to have a step... and the coverage was STILL there. The best offense in the history of the game executed a play perfectly... and it still wasn't enough to complete a pass.
When Warner completed that ball to Fitzgerald on his final drive, the last drive of SB 42 was the first thing that popped into my mind. What happens if New England has first and ten from their own 40 with 29 seconds left and two timeouts? 20 yards for an incredibly difficult chance, 25 for a tough chance, 30 for a more realistic chance. 3 plays to get 30 yards...
The playcalling on that final drive is the one thing that will stick out most for me because it is the least talked about flaw of that game. We can (and have) go over all the other crap ad nauseum, but we seem to, for the most part, ignore that drive.