Do not get me wrong, BB had a great game and I am thrilled that we one a game finally. But we could have and should have locked the game up without the last second heroics.
The Steelers were down by 1 point with 7:49 left on the clock and at their own 31 yard line. Plenty of time to score and still control the clock. Well, we ran the ball once, good for 11 yards but was called back due to holding. That was the last running play of the game for the Steelers. We drove down the field to score in left 3:58 on the clock. If we had run a balanced attack, we could have scored with no time (or almost no time) left on the clock. Instead, we panicked and left plenty of time left on the clock for GB to score. They just were not smart enough either to eat up the clock.
Does BA think that it is against the rules to run the ball and control the clock in the 4th quarter? Last year we controlled the ball for the entire 3rd quarter against SD. Why do we always have to rush down the field to score and give the ball back to the other team with time left on the clock?
A good 4 minute offense gets first downs, eats up the clock and scores with no time left. One of the eagles problems in previous years was the fact that they had no running game and could not close out games. We have a good running game with Mendenhall and the OL is doing a good job blocking. If you have no confidence in the defense control the ball and the clock.
We had had this problem all year. BA refuses to call running plays when we need to control the clock. So often her would call 3 pass plays and a punt. Then the other team drives down the field for a winning TD or FG. I think he is so hung up on the passing statistics that winning is secondary.
Anybody who has been a Steeler fan for a long time knows that in November and December you need to run the ball to win. And in the 4th quarter, the Steelers control the clock by running the ball all the way to another victory.