By Juan Lozano | September 22, 2020
In last week’s loss against the 49ers, with 3:41 remaining in the second quarter, the score 14-3, and facing fourth-and-one at the 49ers 20-yard line, Jets head coach Adam Gase decides to have the offense attempt a conversion rather than kick a field goal to cut the deficit to one score.
The 4th down attempt falls short.
With the momentum of a failed conversion (there’s a reason that a team that stops a conversion races off the field with arms raised in jubilation) the 49ers marched down the field in 13 plays for a touchdown.
This score right before the half effectively put this game out of reach.
Think about this:
- Kick a field goal and it is a one-score game.
- It is right before the half against the defending NFC Champions at home.
- The 49ers have been decimated by injuries at this point in this game.
- The Jets have the benefit of the two-minute warning and all of their timeouts.
- A stop against the wounded 49ers here and the Jets might have been able to get more points on the board.
But they never had the opportunity.
However, later in the game (2:49 in the third quarter) and trailing 24-3, Adam Gase kicked a field goal from the 7-yard line.
In sum, when the game was close, earlier in the contest, Gase didn’t want to kick a field goal.
But when there was more distance between the two teams and later in the game, he kicked a field goal. This makes absolute zero sense.
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