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.