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22. Conspiracy corner! Feb 3, 2013, 23:14 Creston
 
So who caused the power outage? One of the 49'ers staff, or one of the NFL staff?

Because without that power outage, this game is a blowout for the Ravens, and my pick would have been a little more secure.


And now, time to bitch at the coaches. That fake field goal was a fucking terrible call. Obviously nobody bitches about it if it works, but it's a field goal that puts you up by two possessions for a tie (so it's not a pointless field goal), the distance was waaay too far, and to top it all off, the guy's blockers all run right and he runs left with exactly one blocker. I doubt that that particular play has ever even worked in practice.

But then Baltimore Harbaugh makes up for it with a brilliant, BRILLIANT intentional safety play. Letting his punter hold on to the ball for 8 seconds in the end zone was genius.

On the other side, San Francisco Harbaugh gets paid millions of dollars to be a head coach, but apparently is incapable of doing simple mathematics when deciding to go for 2 after a TD.

Situation: Down 28-6, you need 3TDs, and one 2-point conversion. You score a TD, so the score is 28-12. If you go for 2 here, you either make it, in which case it's 28-14 and you're down two normal TDs, OR you don't make it, in which case you are still only down 2 possessions, albeit two possessions which require two 2-point conversions. But it's still a 2 possession game.

By refusing to even try for the 2 points there, he makes it a game where after the next TD, it's 28-19, and now he's put himself in a position where if he DOESN'T make the 2-point conversion, it immediately becomes a 2 possession game again. Then he even doesn't bother with the first opportunity, instead waiting to the last one, at which point everyone in the world knows you need to go for it (and hurray for the CBS cockwit announcing that "As soon as they scored that TD, SF Harbaugh KNEW he had to go for 2!" as if it's some kind of fucking visionary miracle... fuck they were terrible.) and thus Bawlmer just stacks 10 guys in the box.

How, as a head coach, do you not play the 2 attempts game, instead making it a one-attempt-or-lose-a-possession situation? Again, these guys make millions of dollars, and yet simple stuff like this apparently escapes them? Do they not have some assistant somewhere to come up to them and explain the scenario?

Anyway, great game, and one thing's for sure, Joe Flacco is making a lot of money next year.

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