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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I still disagree with kicking on 1st down. The percentages were NOT in our favor. Our kicker was missing 40% of his kicks. The odds of scoring a TD with Brees and company without a turnover are much better than ...

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Old 10-01-2010, 07:02 AM   #11
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I still disagree with kicking on 1st down. The percentages were NOT in our favor. Our kicker was missing 40% of his kicks.

The odds of scoring a TD with Brees and company without a turnover are much better than that. And we had 3 tries to make it, and then we kick.

I'm not buying the "odds were in our favor" nonsense at all.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:14 AM   #12
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Agree with kicking on first down...

A statement needed to be made and the ball should have been rammed into the endzone...

Now the falcons have something to hang their hats...

Even the finesse 49'ers of the eighties would cut your heart out...
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I think many of you are overlooking an important fact... which is that Brees, although he had a ridiculous completion percentage in the game, threw two BAD interceptions. He just didn't seem to have it Sunday.

edit: posted as justification for agreeing with the call.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:37 PM   #14
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True, Brees was not looking all that sharp (by his own very high standards). Also, PT was hurt and Ivory had already fumbled.

During the FOX post-game show (which I got to see instead of Atlanta's game-winning drive, because the network wasn't allowed to show any more of the game on the west coast after 4:15 eastern time--dammit!), Tony Dungy said Payton made the right call because at that point you just want to end the game.

One point Dungy made is that every extra play is another chance to get someone else injured. Imagine what we would all be saying if a key player had been injured trying to score a TD in OT. "Why the *&^% didn't Payton call out the field goal team on 1st down and end the game!!"

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