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Old 12-20-2009, 07:57 PM   #11
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Default Re: Onside Kick... Makes sense?

It was an amazing call. When your D consistently collapses in the 4th Q all season long (including in this very game) if GB had the entire length of the field to drive they would have used up all 4 minutes and at least kicked a game winning FG instead of leaving the Steelers with 2 minutes to mount their own drive.

The biggest difference between this year and last was that last year we were the team with the ball at the end of the game. This game was much more like last season.

Besides, the onside was like a half yard short from actually working to true perfection, catching GB completely off guard.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:58 PM   #12
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I thought the onside was a gutsy call. The one benefit is with our defense giving green bay a short field they cant milk the clock and thus not give us enough time to make that game winning drive. Without that onside kick the offense wouldnt have had 2:00 to work with
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:58 PM   #13
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Our defense sucks and would've probably given up the winning points to GB with about 5 seconds on the clock ala Raiders, Chiefs, Bengals, Bears, etc. game. Right call under the circumstances.
Had to add to your post...and I agree.

The on-side was gutsy, neary worked and is the ONLY way we had enough time to win it in the end, because our secondary wasn't stopping anyone, especially Aaron Rodgers who was just beginning to get hot in that game.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:58 PM   #14
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That call may have saved our ass. Pretty much every loss this year was due to the defense allowing opposing teams to methodically move down the field & score with no time for our offense. At least this way, it gave our offense a chance.
Exactly. I was hoping we'd do a surprise onside kick for exactly that reason.

We get the kick and we keep our defense off the field.

We don't get the kick and the inevitable Packers score happens with enough time on the clock for Ben to lead the game winning drive.

We kick away and the Packers march down the field and kick the game winner as time expires.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:59 PM   #15
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I like it.. Anyone here who believes we would have stopped the Packers with this defense if we would have kicked off is lying through their teeth..




BTW, so if Reed kicks off and the way he's been kicking, the Packers would have gotten the ball at the 40..



Tomlin spotted them 20 yards.. Meant nothing.
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Our defense sucks and would've probably given up the winning points to GB with about 5 seconds on the clock ala the Raiders game. Right call under the circumstances.
Yeap, 22 given up in the 4th, with no inkling of slowing them down, send a message to the D.
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onside kick...makes sense?

with this embarrising Defense? YES

man those guys on the D should be ashamed!!
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Oh yeah, and we won because we didn't leave ANYTHING in the bag. Including a gutsy on-side kick call.
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Onside kick attempt.....the 3rd most key play of the game. It was the smartest call after reviewing how porous our secondary was. Tomlin hedged his bet that if we could stop em theyd kick with a short field and if they did score which they did at least we'd have a chance in the end like some others have stated.

It worked out...all that matters and the losing streak is over. Thank you Mike Wallace.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:02 PM   #20
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Default Re: Onside Kick... Makes sense?

I'm sorry....in the scheme of things, I STILL say that was a horrible decision to go for the onside kick with the lead....

BUT....it worked out to the point that it looked like it was planned that way all along.
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