Edholm: Do Whatever It Takes To Win
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(WSCR) In the final minutes of Super Bowl XLVI the Giants were presented with an interesting decision.
With 1:04 to play, the Giants trailed the Patriots 17-15. New York had the ball on New England’s 6-yard line. The question was simple — run the clock out and kick a game-winning field goal, or try to score a touchdown and risk giving Tom Brady a chance to regain the lead.
The Patriots intended to let the Giants score by opening up a running lane for Ahmad Bradshaw, who ran to the goal line and hesitated before falling in the end zone for the touchdown. In the end, the decision to score turned out to be a good one because the Patriots were unable to score and re-take the lead.
But is the strategy to let another team score, or not score yourself, OK?
“I’m fine with it,” Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly told The Boers and Bernstein Show. “I think it’s part of strategy. I remember (Bill) Belichick taking that intentional safety a few years back against the Broncos. It was one of those plays where everybody said, ‘What?’ but it made it a 3-point game. The Patriots got the ball back and came down and won the football game. Whatever you gotta do to win, I think it’s OK.”
LISTEN: Eric Edholm on The Boers and Bernstein Show