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12 men on the field strategy?


I'm thinking if the Saints should have done what the Giants did (not sure if it was an accident or on purpose) against the Pats in the last 30 seconds.

With about 18 seconds to go, the Giants had 12 players on the field. The play ended with Brady throwing an in-completion far down the right sideline. The 12th guy on the field obviously helped the Giants not give up a huge play by still having 4 linemen rush/disrupt Brady and have 8 people drop in coverage. The Pats got 5 yards but lost 9 valuable seconds (or half the time remaining).

Should the Saints have had 12 men on the field against the 49ers and given up 5 yards instead of the TD to Vernon Davis? The 49ers would have moved to the 9 yard line and probably kicked a FG with only 8 seconds or so left on the clock.

Maybe it doesn't pertain to the situation I just mentioned, but I could certainly think of a few situations where this strategy would work (maybe late in the game against the titans/falcons). If a team needs a TD to tie/win and is deep in its own territory with less then a minute remaining this strategy could work on a couple plays. It couldn't be done on every snap or the offense would take advantage of the free play . Just a thought..and first FanPost.

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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