We’ve seen this situation before. Down late, team scrambling, a horrible running call, leaving a spike and then a long FG attempt for the game.
For the New York Jets, that situation was playing out before its eyes last night. Kicker Nick Folk would be the hero or goat with a 51 yard FG attempt at the buzzer.
But all that changed with a timeout. An Indianapolis Colts timeout.
With a one point lead with 29 seconds left in the game, the ball at the Colts 34, and the clock running, Colts coach Jim Caldwell did something that still cannot be explained. He called his final timeout.
Why? No idea. In essence, Caldwell gave the Jets a timeout, and allowed them to create a new play (Sanchez would come up with the 18 yard pass to Braylon Edwards), which would give Nick Folk a chip shot to win it.
The coach was asked about it after the game and gave an interesting answer:
“I didn’t care [if they were going to kick.] I was going to make sure they couldn’t. Make them snap the ball. They were in field goal range.”
“They were in field goal range. So we wanted to try to make them snap the ball as many times as they possibly could. Wasn’t going to let them just sit there and take [the clock] down. So [we] used a timeout in that situation.”
If you can explain that one, go for it. A horrible timeout.
A FG from 50 yards by Folk for the win was gratefully avoided thanks to Caldwell.